One of the Republicans who filed a complaint about the handling of excused absences, Sen. Lynn Findley, called the Senate president a “dictator” and called the committee process a “sham.”
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Sen. Kim Thatcher, R-Keizer, accrued more absences than allowed during the 2023 session under an anti-walkout law, but is not involved in a lawsuit by other Republican senators seeking re-election.
Senators deemed ineligible for re-election following a Republican-led walkout include Sen. Kim Thatcher of Keizer, who represents north Salem.
Democrats agreed to water down bills on abortion and firearms, ending the Senate boycott that started May 3.
Most legislative Democrats have signed onto a constitutional referral to address walkouts proposed by Reps. Khanh Pham and David Gomberg, though its prospects of passing this session are dim.
In a letter to lawmakers, doctors warned against watering down a bill which would let children younger than 15 obtain an abortion without parental consent. Democrats are considering softening the language to bring Republican Senators back to the Capitol.
Bills to help wildfire response, expand health care access and prevent homelessness for Oregonians remain in jeopardy as neither side budges over a month after the Republican walkout began.
Senators with unexcused absences will face a $325-a-day fine starting on Monday as a Republican walkout is in its fourth week.
Bills that would help Oregon crime victims, prevent drug overdoses and pay for public defenders await action as the GOP-led walkout continues.
Republicans plan to challenge the constitutional amendment in court that voters approved last year to prevent walkouts from halting legislative work.