As the Oregon Legislature started the clock on its 2023 session, majority Democrats in both chambers and minority Republicans in the House unveiled their priorities for what they hope to accomplish in the next 160 days.

Senate Democrats and House leaders from both parties made back-to-back presentations Tuesday, Jan. 17. While they agreed on some top priorities — homelessness and housing, mental health and substance treatment, student achievement and well-being in public schools — most were stated as general goals.

Peter Wong covers Oregon politics for Pamplin Media Group.


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