Normally, it would be hard to imagine legislators might choose to come back together again this year. But these are strange times.
A third special session might be necessary for two basic reasons: budget and policy.
Budget is the more likely catalyst to get everyone back into Salem. The next revenue forecast will be released Sept. 23. If the forecast is dire, legislators will likely be called to consider further budget cuts.
A policy reason could also bring the Legislature back. The climate nationally and in Oregon around policing, Black Lives Matter, and use of force has given the work of the Joint Committee On Transparent Policing and Use of Force Reform an urgency that is unusual for a legislative committee. The work of that committee, especially in response to an event nationally or locally, could necessitate a special session.
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic could also require legislative action. OSBA is working with other employers to urge legislators to pass coronavirus liability protection so that schools can reopen without risking financial ruin from lawsuits.