Republicans in the Oregon government are missing – and the governor sends police to seek them out. Governor Kate Brown sent the Oregon state police to search for eleven Senate republicans who had quit their jobs so as not to vote for a bill on climate change. Your whereabouts are unknown.
"The Senate Republicans have decided to give up their duty to serve their voters and go out," Brown said in a statement.
Officials may arrest lawmakers if they refuse to return willfully, CBS Portland Affiliate KOIN-TV reports. The Republicans will be fined $ 500 a day if they do not return to work at 11:00 on Friday.
"I authorize the state police to comply with the request of the Senate Democrats," Brown said. "It is utterly unacceptable that the Senate Republicans turn their backs on the voters they have to represent here in this building, and they have to go back and do the tasks for which they were elected."
Oregon is the second state to pursue a comprehensive cap-and-invest strategy to combat climate change. The bill met with resistance from Republicans and lumberjacks and truckers who said it would reduce jobs in the wood industry and increase fuel prices. Hundreds of truckers and woodcutters protested in the State Capitol against the bill. The proponents of the bill hope to reduce emissions over time and dissuade companies from fossil fuels.
Oregon Senate Twitter account published a quote from Brown in 2001 supporting the Democratic leadership of the Senate and a democrat strike over a Republican-sponsored redistributive bill. "Well, here we are, Senate Rs fighting for Oregoners," reads the tweet .
This is the second time in two months that the Senate Republican retired from Oregon in protest. After a four-day strike in May, Brown entered into a contract with the GOP for a school finance tax package. The Republicans made a compromise with the governor and promised not to leave again.
"This is a sad day for Oregon," tweeted the Republican senator. Herman Baertschiger tweeted . "There is no fine that could ever match the fears of the Democrats who accused the Oregonians of the #hb2020 legislation that will destroy the livelihoods of many in our state."