72nd Oregon Legislative Assembly
The 72nd Oregon Legislative Assembly convened in January 2003 for its regular session, which on August 8 of that year surpassed the 1993 session as the longest in the U.S. state of Oregon's history. In the senate, which was evenly divided between 15 Democrats and 15 Republicans, Democratic President Peter Courtney and Republican President Pro Tempore Lenn Hannon were praised by The Oregonian for managing to avoid partisan gridlock.
Then-state senator Betsy Johnson cited reasons for the extended session in a legislative update: a need to revamp the state budget in the face of declining revenues, and the political dynamics of a new Democratic governor (Ted Kulongoski), a Republican-controlled House of Representatives, and the evenly divided Senate.
- Johnson, Betsy (August 14, 2003). "Oregon State Legislative Update". The Clatskanie Chief.
- unsigned editorial (August 29, 2003). "The legislature: an appreciation". The Oregonian.
- unsigned editorial (August 6, 2005). "A so-so session". Eugene Register-Guard.
- Official overview of bills considered and passed in 2003 regular session