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(Reuters) - Oregon’s Democratic governor dispatched the state police on Thursday to bring back to the legislature Senate Republicans who left the Capitol in order to scuttle a vote on climate change legislation.
Democrats are unable to vote on the legislation because state Senate rules require a quorum of at least 20 members to be present for action to be taken on bills.
Governor - Kate - Brown - Statement - Response
Governor Kate Brown said in a statement she had acted in response from a request from Senate Democrats for state police to bring their colleagues back.
Brown later appeared at a news conference in the state capital of Salem, with young people standing behind her.
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“Future generations will judge us not on the fact of global climate change, but what we’ve done to tackle it, and literally these young people’s futures and their children’s futures hang in the balance,” Brown said.
The Republicans’ departure from the Capitol and the involvement of state police is an indication of the acrimony that has infected negotiations over the state’s climate change bill.
Oregon - State - Police - Statement - Governor
Oregon State Police in a statement said it was committed to executing the governor’s directive.
“While we obviously have many tools at our disposal, patience and communication...
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