|A small group of people demonstrated outside the Oregon Capitol|
to support the walkout. (Photo by Mark Graves, The Oregonian)
Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Oregon Senate president says climate-change bill is dead; Republicans fled the state to block its passage
Senate Republicans fled the state last week to prevent a vote on a bill that would attack climate change with a cap-and-trade system for greenhouse-gas emissions. Without the Republicans, the Senate could not achieve a supermajority quorum and could not act. Republicans said it was the best way they could represent their conservative rural constituents. Gov. Kate Brown, a Democrat, ordered state police to round them up, but armed militias, who promised to protect the Republicans from capture, threatened the state Capitol and prompted a temporary shutdown.