The Oregon Legislature has handed Metro extra protection against a public vote on the 600-room Hyatt hotel proposed for the Oregon Convention Center.
The state House today passed a bill assuring the project and its $78 million in taxpayer subsidies are exempt from a vote.
As WW first reported in March, opponents of the proposed hotel are are currently in court battling Metro, the regional government that's backing the hotel and wants to avoid a vote.
Metro introduced Senate Bill 927 to clarify that Metro's charter—which declares most of its capital projects are exempt from a vote—supersedes state requirements to send such projects to the ballot.
The state Senate voted yes in March.
The bill passed the House this morning on a 35-24 vote, largely along party lines with Democrats supporting it. It now heads to the desk of Gov. Kate Brown.