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BY: Charlie Hoffmann
Oregon's Gov. Kate Brown (D.) instructed the state police Thursday afternoon to round up Republican state senators who fled the state capitol in anticipation of a vote on cap-and-trade legislation they oppose.
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"The Senate Democrats have requested the assistance of the Oregon State Police to bring back their colleagues to finish the work they committed to push forward for Oregonians," Brown said in a statement. "As the executive of the agency, I am authorizing the State Police to fulfill the Senate Democrats' request."
Democrats have an 18-member majority in the state Senate but need 20 of the 30 members present to have a quorum to vote on legislation, hence their need for Republican members to be present to pass the legislation. The bill passed the state House earlier in the week with all Republicans and two Democrats voting against it.
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Reports indicate some Republican senators have left the state to avoid voting...
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