Oregon Republican Senators Won't Be Fined

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In the battle over the climate change bill in the Oregon Legislature 11 Republican Senators walked out to prevent the bill from passing.

Democrat leaders in the Senate said they would fine the Senators $500 for every day they were missing.

Now, Democrat leaders say they're dropping the fines and plan to work on a measure where voters would decide if the State's Constitution should be changed to ban future walkouts.

“Using the state police or fines to compel absent members of the Legislature has not been effective in stopping walkouts,” President Courtney said. “Democrats were not happy when Republicans walked out on them this year. I believe Republicans were just as upset when Democrats walked out on them in 2001.

“It is my hope that we can work together on a solution that prevents future walkouts.”

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