Oregon House Republicans boycott meeting on capitol culture

The meeting was called to lay out rules against discrimination, harassment and sexual misconduct. Oregon House Republicans did not attend the meeting.

Posted: Feb. 21, 2019 7:14 AM
Updated: Feb. 21, 2019 11:55 AM

SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon House Republicans snubbed a meeting Wednesday meant to promote an inclusive and respectful workplace environment within the state capitol.

The committee meeting was to address a perceived hostile work environment and lay out rules against discrimination, harassment and sexual misconduct.

The boycott was in response to the treatment of a lobbyist by a Democratic representative during a hearing on a bill regarding pharmaceutical pricing. Rep. Mitch Greenlick of Portland chastised a lobbyist who spoke against the bill and called him "stupid."

House Republicans say that shows Democrats aren't serious about addressing hostile behavior.

House Majority Leader Jennifer Williamson said she takes seriously the work of the Joint Committee on Capitol Culture and wants all voices and concerns heard, regardless of political party.

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