Snowstorm halts Oregon legislative session

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Winter weather has led the Oregon Legislature to cancel meetings on Thursday afternoon and Friday.

Senate President Peter Courtney and House Speaker Tina Kotek say the decision was made out of concern for the safety of citizens, lawmakers and staff.

Committee hearings scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. Thursday were cancelled, along with all official business on Friday.

The cancellation will increase pressure on lawmakers as they try to wrap up the legislative session within the 35 days allowed under the state constitution. All bills that aren't approved in a committee by next Thursday will die.

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