Oregon House GOP members refuse to appear for session

The 2020 session of the Legislature lasts only 35 days.

Posted: Feb 19, 2020 7:09 AM

SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- Republicans, who are a minority in the Oregon House of Representatives, are refusing to attend a Tuesday night session of the chamber amid a slowdown over anger at a sweeping bill on climate change.

Earlier, Republican lawmakers in the House insisted that bills coming to the floor be read in their entirety instead of being summarized, which slowed things down substantially.

The 2020 session of the Legislature lasts only 35 days, being an even-year short session.

House Republican leader Christine Drazan told reporters the Republicans were not attempting to deny a quorum but to address pacing of the legislative session.

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