Oregon lawmakers plow through COVID, police bills

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Capitol doors may be closed to the public during Oregon’s special legislative session, but there was no shortage of public comment — via phone and computer — about bills dealing with hot button issues. The second day of legislative session moved at a crawling pace, as lawmakers spent six hours listening to testimony from dozens of officials, lobbyists and residents, regarding proposed policies dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic and police accountability. Senate President Peter Courtney said the number of people who signed up to speak was “quite remarkable.”