• UPDATED: House approves 'Grand Bargain,' Senate still working

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  • Updated 4:50 p.m. The Oregon Legislature has given final legislative approval to two bills on controlling public pension costs and a third on genetically modified crops
    That puts legislators three-fifths of the way toward completing the “Grand Bargain” that would control PERS retiree pension costs and raise more money for schools and other programs.
    The House has passed all five of the bills that make up the package. The Senate is expected to vote on the two tax-related bills remaining in the package later today.
    Gov. John Kitzhaber has vowed to veto the bills unless all five reach his desk.
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