Oregon lawmakers return to Capitol for special session

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PORTLAND (AP) — As the threat of eviction looms over thousands of Oregon households, lawmakers are returning to the state Capitol for a special session to take up a package of bills focused on keeping people housed during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The proposals to be considered Monday would allocate $215 million to prevent winter evictions and transition to long-term, locally-delivered eviction prevention services.

Out of the proposed funds, $100 million would be for additional emergency assistance  — for both tenants and landlords. And there is a proposal to extend the current 60-day eviction protection period.

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