Hundreds of bills at risk as Oregon Senate Republican walkout stretches on

Author: Jamie Parfitt (KGW)

SALEM, Ore. (KGW) – As a walkout led by Oregon Senate Republicans drags on, grinding legislative business in the chamber to a halt, there’s an increasing risk that hundreds of bills — many of them broadly popular — will fall to the wayside as the clock ticks closer to sine die.

Senate Republican Leader Tim Knopp helpfully declared last week that his caucus would return June 25, the final day of the regular session, if only to pass “substantially bipartisan budgets and bills.” It’s unclear how many bills the Senate could conceivably pass in one day, and how many have received Republicans’ seal of approval.

But Senate President Rob Wagner said last week that he wouldn’t allow Republicans to pick and choose which bills they vote on, suggesting that this kind of minority rule is antithetical to democracy.

Meanwhile, the conservative senators continue to run afoul of Measure 113, a voter-approved amendment to the Oregon Constitution that disqualifies lawmakers with 10 or more unexcused absences from holding office again next term. But with at least 10 lawmakers now having crossed that particular Rubicon, it may be that the Republicans have even less to lose as time goes on.

The Oregonian reported Thursday that hundreds of bills are on the chopping block as long as the walkout continues, many of them with bipartisan support and some of them acknowledged by both sides as being vitally important. Here’s a look at some of those bills.

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