Oregon Legislature

UPDATE Posted at 6:45 a.m. July 1:

Oregon legislators have adjourned the 160-day 2019 session. Final action came Sunday evening, June 30 in Salem.

Previous Chronicle coverage posted at 8 a.m. June 30:

Oregon Legislators are wrapping up the 2019 regular session after several Senate Republicans returned to the Capitol on Saturday, June 29.

The return ended a weeklong walkout triggered by the Senate Republican's boycott of HB 2020, the Cap and Trade legislation designed to limit carbon emissions.

The Senate voted Saturday to send the bill back to committee, which in effect will likely kill the bill.

Senate President Peter Courtney announced Tuesday, June 25, that his caucus did not have the votes needed to pass House Bill 2020. Senate Republicans walked out last week denying the Democrats the 20-member quorum necessary to conduct business. 

“Senate Republicans have blocked a bill that provides a better future for our state and for our children, and the tactics they employed to do so are not just unacceptable, but dangerous,” Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said. “The Republicans are driving us away from the values that Oregonians hold dear and are moving us dangerously close to the self-serving stalemate in Washington, DC."

The Lincoln City News Guard and the Tillamook Headlight Herald contributed to this report.

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