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Republican state senators from Oregon stayed in hiding for the fifth day, missing weekend legislative sessions and Monday’s 10:00 a.m. roll call.
Eleven Republican Oregon state senators walked out on June 20 to prevent a voting quorum in protest against HB 2020, a cap and trade climate bill, and have stayed away since Democratic Gov. Kate Brown authorized Oregon State Police to return the lawmakers to Salem, according to CBS News.
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“My caucus and I continue to stand firm and remain out of the state. We are working for our constituents and all Oregonians,” state Senate Republican Leader Herman Baertschiger Jr. said in a Saturday statement to Portland’s KOIN.
— ABC7 Eyewitness News (@ABC7) June 23, 2019
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The Republican walkout means the Senate cannot conduct business because legislation cannot be passed without a 20 senator quorum.
HB 2020 establishes a state limit on greenhouse gas emissions and sets up an auction system for pollution “allowances.” Republicans argue the plan dramatically raises operating costs for specific industries...
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