Senate leader Peter Courtney says he's sticking around

The lawmaker said he's already conferring with House Speaker Tina Kotek about how to pass a cap-and-trade measure to curb greenhouse gas emissions next year.

Posted: Jul 22, 2019 6:25 AM
Updated: Jul 22, 2019 10:07 AM

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Oregon Senate President Peter Courtney said he has no plans to step aside, despite a bruising legislative session that saw two walkouts by Republicans and criticism from some of his fellow majority Democrats about the Legislature's failure to pass a climate change bill and other measures.

Courtney told The Oregonian/OregonLive that "I'm not going anywhere."

The 76-year-old lawmaker said he's already conferring with House Speaker Tina Kotek about how to pass a cap-and-trade measure to curb greenhouse gas emissions next year.

That bill sparked the GOP's second Senate walkout of the 2019 Legislature.

They returned after more than a week away from the Capitol after it became clear the environmental bill wouldn't pass this session.

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