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Oregon Senate Resumes Work After Republican Walkout

File photo of the Senate Chamber at the Oregon State Capitol in Salem, Oregon.
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File photo of the Senate Chamber at the Oregon State Capitol in Salem, Oregon.

Republicans returned to work Thursday in the Oregon Senate, one day after GOP lawmakers refused to show up for a late-day floor session. The rare walk-out denied majority Democrats the quorum they needed to approve legislation.

There was no mention of Wednesday evening’s brouhaha as Thursday's proceedings began.

The Senate's Republican leader, Ted Ferrioli, said the walk-out was to protest an evening floor session that they said would allow majority Democrats to fast-track their agenda. Democrats said the after-hours session was only scheduled because GOP lawmakers have used a variety of procedural maneuvers this session to stall legislation from moving forward.”

Not all of the measures facing lawmakers are controversial. The first item on Thursday's agenda in the Oregon Senate was a resolution in honor of the Portland Timbers soccer team, which won last year's Major League Soccer championship. It passed 29-0.

Lawmakers have until March 6 to wrap up the session.

Copyright 2016 Northwest News Network

Chris Lehman covers the Oregon state capitol for JPR as part of the Northwest News Network, a group of 12 Northwest public radio organizations which collaborate on regional news coverage. Chris graduated from Temple University with a journalism degree in 1997. He began his career producing arts features for Red River Public Radio in Shreveport, Louisiana and has been a reporter/announcer for NPR station WNIJ in DeKalb, Illinois. Chris has also reported from overseas, filing stories from Iraq, Burkina Faso, El Salvador, Northern Ireland, Zimbabwe and Uganda.
Chris Lehman
Chris Lehman graduated from Temple University with a journalism degree in 1997. He landed his first job less than a month later, producing arts stories for Red River Public Radio in Shreveport, Louisiana. Three years later he headed north to DeKalb, Illinois, where he worked as a reporter and announcer for NPR–affiliate WNIJ–FM. In 2006 he headed west to become the Salem Correspondent for the Northwest News Network.