Issues related to the pandemic are certain to dominate the session but there are plenty of other proposals in the works, including legislation on a public option.
Fewer than 100 infections from the strain have been identified in the United States yet federal officials worry it could be the dominant form of the virus by March.
The $10,000 fine stems from the arrest in June 2019 of Dr. Patrick Conway who was set to become CEO of Cambia as part of a partnership deal.
The Vancouver, Washington-based company remains silent about its long-range plans for the Eugene site.
A plan to put seniors after educators and school staff has drawn scrutiny among officials calling for the state to base its priority decisions on public health data.
Oregon is one of a handful of states that have put dentists lower in priority order, despite the CDC advisory board's recommendation that all front-line workers get priority.
The state’s Vaccine Advisory Committee has decided the state should add seven more groups to the priority list that already includes nearly 1.4 million people.
Gov. Kate Brown said: "This is a deception on a national scale. Oregon’s seniors, teachers, all of us, were depending on the promise of Oregon’s share of the federal reserve of vaccines being released to us."
The vaccines have a short shelf life, which forces clinicians to anticipate the exact number of doses they’ll need each day. If they don’t get it right, doses may go to waste.
The state has only given one or two doses to about one-fifth of the 500,000 people currently eligible, and another 810,000 will be up for a shot starting Jan. 23.