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• House passes bill to fund 2021 World Athletics Championships in Eugene

A bill that would permanently increase the state’s transient lodging tax and could send millions toward funding the 2021 World Athletics Championships in Eugene passed the Oregon House of Representatives on Friday.

House Bill 4047 overcame concerns raised by lawmakers about the disproportional salaries earned by Oregon Tourism Commission executives and how local jurisdictions are using funds raised through the tax.

It now heads to the Senate.

“Tourism is an incredibly important economic driver, I know for, in particular, some of our rural areas and I know how important the Oregon21 track and field championship (is),” said Rep. Alissa Keny-Guyer, D-Portland.

The World Athletics Championships is set to begin Aug. 6, 2021, and it will be the first time the event is held in the United States. More than 2,000 international athletes are expected to be present.

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