Oregon Legislature approves budget, adjourns

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Associated Press

Posted on March 8, 2014 at 12:04 AM

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Legislature has adjourned the 2014 session.

Lawmakers finished their work Friday after getting the budget back in balance and approving $200 million in debt for cancer research facilities at Oregon Health & Science University.

The Senate also voted to let local governments temporarily ban medical marijuana stores, sending the bill to Gov. John Kitzhaber.

But the five-week legislative session was particularly notable for what didn't happen. Controversial bills on guns, liquor and marijuana never got to the full House or Senate, nor did a plan to replace the Interstate 5 bridge over the Columbia River.

Lawmakers did ease up on a ban on Native American mascots, opening the door for some schools to keep them. And they passed a handful of bills aimed at limiting the damage from Cover Oregon, the state's troubled health insurance exchange.

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