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House Bill 2017 wasn't named for this year

The state transportation funding bill coincidentally fell on that number, according to legislative leaders.

PARIS ACHEN/CAPITAL BUREAU - Left to right, Members of the Joint Committee on Transportation Preservation and Modernization Reps. Greg Smith, John Lively, Caddy McKeown, Committee Administrator Patrick Brennan, Sens. Lee Beyer, Brian Boquist, and Jackie Winters.SALEM – The $8 billion, 10-year transportation funding bill is one of the highlights of this year's legislative session. When the legislation was assigned House Bill 2017, it would be easy to conclude that the number was intentional to reflect the year.

In fact, the number was "quite by accident," said Sen. Lee Beyer, D-Springfield, co-chairman of the Joint Committee on Transportation Preservation and Modernization. The 14-member committee was responsible for crafting the package.

Three or four placeholder bills were filed as potential vehicles for the transportation package, Beyer told Oregon Capital Insider.

The Speaker's Office traditionally holds House bills 2001-2020 as the so-called "Speaker's Series." The series usually reflects the Speaker's top priorities for the session, said Lindsey O'Brien, spokeswoman for House Speaker Tina Kotek, D-Portland.

"The only intentional part was choosing placeholders in the 'Speaker's Series,'" O'Brien said.