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Some sex offenders could be subject to mandatory life sentences without parole — a sentence currently reserved exclusively for murderers — under a bill introduced by Senate President Peter Courtney.
Senate President Peter Courtney, D-Salem, rode along with an ODOT snow plow driver at the height of Friday’s snowstorm. Courtney rode with driver Dave Womack to see state highway plows at work — since the state Capitol where he usually would be was closed down because of the snow.
In the days before the 2014 legislative session began, it looked like the campaign season already was seeping into the Capitol building and causing partisan divides. One week into the session, it looks like Democrats and Republicans may have their eyes on November but not on each other.