The boycott denied democrats the two-thirds quorum needed to conduct business. House republicans said on twitter that they didn’t show up in order to, “Slow down the pace of session and allow time to fully vet legislation.”
“The decision last night to not participate really set us back,” Rep. Pam Walsh, democrat, said.
Republicans say they plan to be there for the rest of the week, but democrats say they don’t know what to expect.
“Every moment that is missed due to a walk off is time we can’t spend doing the work for Oregonians,” Rep. Walsh said.
Republican Rep. Kim Wallan was unable for an interview, but in a statement said, “Not attending the extra night session helped set a pace that allows legislators and Oregonians the chance to properly engage in the legislative process.”
This is a short legislative session and lawmakers only have a matter of weeks before the session ends.
Anna Weeks is a multimedia journalist for NBC5 News. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Oregon State University with a degree in Digital Communication Arts and a minor in writing. Previously, she interned with the National Association of Broadcasters at the NAB Show in Las Vegas.
Originally from the Portland area, Anna is excited to explore Southern Oregon. In her free time, she can be found reading, running or watching sports.