- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 27, 2016

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The Oregon Legislature has picked the 14 lawmakers who will spend the next several months crafting a transportation package for the 2017 legislative session.

Traffic congestion and ailing highways, ports and bridges are stressing the state’s transportation system. After lawmakers failed to pass a transportation funding package in 2015, Gov. Kate Brown says it’s a top priority next year.

Until then, the committee of Senators and House Representatives - eight Democrats and six Republicans - will hold regular public meetings starting in May as it creates a new proposal.

Democrats Rep. Caddy McKeown and Sen. Lee Beyer are co-chairs, while Republicans Rep. Cliff Bentz and Sen. Brian Boquist are co-vice chairs.

Longtime Republican Sen. Jackie Winters, who’s been absent this year after undergoing heart surgery, is also on the committee.

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