Oregon Senate passes PERS reforms in ‘hardest vote of our lives’

Oregonian - 05-23

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The Oregon Senate suspended its rules on Thursday to rush a vote on Democratic leaders’ plan to rein in public employers’ rapidly increasing pension costs. Senate Bill 1049, sponsored by Senate President Peter Courtney and House Speaker Tina Kotek, passed 16 to 12. Republican lawmakers made the difference. Three of them voted in favor of the bill, while two potential Republican “no” votes were absent. Five Democrats voted against the bill.