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State Rep. Janelle Bynum, D-Clackamas, right, speaks with House Speaker Tina Kotek, D-Portland, on the floor of the House at the Capitol in Salem, Ore., Tuesday, April 2, 2019.

A Democratic fight for control of the Oregon House is over

In exchange for a number of changes she hopes will make it easier for lawmakers of color to pursue top leadership, Janelle Bynum, D-Clackamas, said she would not submit her name for consideration when the House meets to elect a speaker next week, clearing the way for Tina Kotek to hold on to the seat.

The Oregon Capitol in Salem, Ore., Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019. A new bill passed by the Legislature this summer drastically limits application of the death penalty.

What to expect from Oregon’s 1-day special session

Oregon lawmakers are set to convene in Salem on Monday for a special legislative session as many pandemic protections for Oregonians are due to expire at the end of the month. OPB politics reporter Dirk VanderHart has been tracking the session and breaks down what to expect.

Rep. Janelle Bynum, D-Clackamas, attends an Oregon House session on Monday, April 29, 2019, in Salem.

Oregon’s mental health system falls short for people of color. A state lawmaker is trying to change that

Over the course of the coronavirus pandemic, it’s become clear that Oregon doesn’t have enough therapists to meet everyone’s needs. For Oregonians of color, therapists that provide culturally competent care are scarce, partly due to the shortfalls of Oregon’s mental health care system. Here's what one Oregon lawmaker is doing to try and change it.