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Some lawmakers had sought a brief gathering of lawmakers to address the impacts of the virus outbreak.

PMG FILE PHOTO - Gov. Kate Brown has declined to set a date for a special session of the Oregon Legislature.Gov. Kate Brown suggested Thursday, April 2, she will not convene Oregon legislators for a special session in the near future, despite weeks of preparation by lawmakers to work up an emergency relief package for the state.

Citing more than $1 billion in expected emergency funding from the federal government, Brown said she'll hold off on calling a session until the specifics of that aid are better understood.

"We want to make sure our scarce state dollars are focused on filling in gaps left by the federal stimulus package, not duplicating efforts," the governor said in a written statement Thursday. "Once we have sufficient clarity about the federal stimulus, I will call a special session and ask lawmakers to take further action."

Brown did not offer any possible timeline for that session and her written statement contained few specifics, but she's hinted she will consider executive orders that could implement proposals worked up by a legislative committee in recent weeks.

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