"I am not an advocate for frequent changes in laws and constitutions. But laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths discovered and manners and opinions change, with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times. We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors." - Thomas Jefferson (appears in the Jefferson Memorial)

Oregon Legislative Assembly opens for business

Duly noted, with the proper verbiage.

This has the feel, it seems here, of a lower-key and less-ambitous session, this despite the fact that control is unified this time, unlike the last couple of years. After the major structural redos of the state’s medical and education systems, and more, it would seem a little surprising if this session matches or outdoes those.

Still, it might. Some adjustments – massive “reform” doesn’t seem either in the cards, or needed – of the state’s public employee retirement system would be a very big deal. So would a significant alteration of the tax system, which is under discussion.

And off they go. All three regional legislatures are now in motion.

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