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Senate president skips legislative runup meetings, but expects to be back in action for the February session.

PMG FILE PHOTO - Senate President Peter Courtney missed mid-January's Legislartive Days because of a hip problem. He is being treated at OHSU and expects to return in time for the Feb. 3 session.Oregon Senate President Peter Courtney won't be in the Capitol this week while he's treated at Oregon Health and Science University for a hip injury.

Courtney's absence comes as state lawmakers convene for a series of meetings in preparation for the legislative session that convenes Feb. 3.

PMG/EO MEDIA/SRThe Senate president "started having severe hip pain while at an out of state conference in Arizona," his office said in a statement. "He was in a considerable amount of pain, but was able to get back to Oregon, and is currently being checked out at OHSU," the statement continued. "We expect him to be released in the next few days, and he will likely have to do some physical therapy."

Courtney "fully expects to be back in time for the February session," according to the statement. The North Salem Democrat will preside over the Senate in the 35-day session. The 76-year-old has been Oregon Senate president since 2003.

Last March, Courtney took several days of medical leave from the legislative session. His issues at the time included a flare-up of a condition called Graves' disease — an autoimmune disorder affecting the thyroid gland.

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