Oregon GOP senators introduce bill that will hurt their own party leadership

SALEM, Ore — Two Oregon republican state senators introduced a new bill that appears to target its GOP colleagues.

State Senators Lynn P. Findley (R – Vale) and Bill Hansell (R – Athena), introduced senate bill 865 earlier this week.

The bill would prohibit a person from serving in office while also leading a central committee of a political party. It says that any elected official that violates the order would be fined $250 per day.

State Senator Dennis Linthicum (R- Klamath Falls)
State Senator Dallas Heard (R- Myrtle Creek)

As of right now, republican state Senator Dallas Heard of Myrtle Creek, and republican state Senator Dennis Linthicum of Klamath Falls would be affected.

Heard is the chair of the Oregon Republican Party and Linthicum is the party’s treasurer – both elected to their roles in February.

In a statement released following the introduction of the bill, Findley and Hansell stated that it was contacted by their constituents, who were concerned about the mixing of party politics and legislative policy-making. Hansell told NBC5 that the proposed legislation isn’t just about Linthicum and Heard.

“All of a sudden, certain votes are being seen as official positions of all Republicans in Oregon when they aren’t and vice versa,” Senator Findley’s office told NBC5 in a statement. “There are potential conflicts of interest and ethical

considerations, and we have a responsibility to ensure the integrity of the legislature is not in question.”

The bill would be immediately effective if passed.

Senator Linthicum did not immediately respond to our request for comment.

Anthony Carter is a reporter for NBC5 News. He grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and graduated from Elizabethtown College in 2019. Anthony started his career as a print journalist, covering New York sports and the NBA Draft. He then started his own sports podcast and website covering the Arena Football League. Anthony moved to the Rogue Valley in 2019 as a news producer before joining the NBC5 News family. Anthony likes to workout at the gym, play basketball, and root for his Atlanta Hawks and New York Jets. Want to connect with Anthony? send him an email: [email protected]
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