Oregon Legislature pushes to adjourn

Oregon Legislature pushes to adjourn
Sen. Rod Monroe, D-Portland, speaks on the Senate floor on Thursday, March 6, 2014, at the state Capitol in Salem, Ore. The Oregon Legislature is pushing to adjourn as soon as Friday. (AP Photo/Chad Garland)

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Legislature is pushing to finish its work and adjourn on Friday.

Left on the agenda is a package of bills to rebalance the budget and approve construction projects around the state, including cancer research facilities at Oregon Health & Science University.

Lawmakers are also considering a request by State Treasurer Ted Wheeler for more autonomy for his investment division, but some are concerned the Legislature wouldn't have enough oversight.

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

The five-week legislative session has been particularly notable for what didn't happen. Controversial bills on guns, liquor and marijuana rules and the Columbia River bridge never gained much steam.