SALEM - Oregon State Police Superintendent Ronald Ruecker announced on Wednesday, Sept. 18, that layoff notices for the 160 employees who were scheduled to be laid off on Oct. 1 because of shortfalls in the state budget are being rescinded immediately.

This is the result of action taken by the Fifth Special Session of the Oregon Legislature which was able to balance the agency's budget by making reductions of only $1 million instead of the $8.8 million in cuts the agency had been facing.

"We are pleased not only for our dedicated men and women but also for the people we serve," Ruecker said. "Although we will face another period of uncertainty during the time of the special election on Jan. 28, 2003, we are pleased that for the time being we can maintain our services at the current level."

Ruecker said that in addition to the layoff notices being rescinded, the crime laboratories in Pendleton and Ontario will remain in operation.

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