Oregon lawmakers return to Salem today for a special session tackling pensions, taxes, and regulations over genetically modified crops.

Governor John Kitzhaber called the session earlier this month, nearly a year after he first proposed a budget that included cuts in pension benefits for retired government workers.

He has negotiated a deal with legislative leaders that would include pension cuts along with tax increases and tax cuts. He added a ban on local  governments regulating genetically modified crops as part of the session requirements.

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber repeated his vow Thursday to veto the bills passed in next week's special session unless all five of the measures reach his desk.

That's one element of a deal reached by the Democrat and four top legislative leaders in Salem.