The Oregon Senate closed on Saturday after a "possible militia threat" by a right-wing group amid a broader drama about a Republican legislative strike over impending climate change laws.
Right-wing groups announced their support for the 12 rebel republicans on Friday, including one group – the Oregon Three Percenters – who joined forces in 2016 for an armed takeover of a conservation area.
OREGON GOV SUBMITS STATE POLICE TO FIND GOP LAWMAKER'S SKIPPING CLIMATE VOTE  A spokeswoman for Senate President Peter Courtney told The Associated Press on Friday that the Oregon State Police had "recommended the Capitol tomorrow for possible militia threats close".
The Oregon State Police issued a statement "Monitoring information throughout the day, which indicates that the safety of lawmakers, employees and citizens may be at risk when certain threatened behaviors are detected."
The dramatic scenes came after the Republicans had not only skipped the legislature, but some had even left the state to deny the Democrats voting to take the bill to reduce fossil fuel emissions by 2050. Democrats have an 1
Republicans and anti-government groups held a protest on Saturday before the closure of the Senate was announced. The Democrats had stepped up this week when Governor Kate Brown gave the Oregon State Police permission to track down the rogue members and return them to the chamber.
"It is utterly unacceptable for the Senate republicans to turn away from them voters who have to honorably represent them here in this building," she said in a statement under KOIN 6. "They need to go back and do the work for them were chosen. "
Republicans shot back soon.
OREGON DEMOCRATS PUT BEHIND THE CAP AND TRADE EMISSION PLAN
of Grants Pass, said in a statement on Thursday. "We have had to endure the threat of arrest, fines and confiscation of community funds by the governor, the senate president and the majority leader. We will no longer stand by the majority party and be bullied by it.
Republican Senator Brian Boquist told the state police to "send bachelors and be heavily armed" when they come and get him.
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The bill would limit greenhouse gas emissions and carbon credits that corporations want to emit, with a cap that cuts emissions by 2035 to 45 percent below 1990 levels and 80 percent by 2050.
Opponents say this would harm companies and widen a gap between the state's liberal, urban and rural areas, and Oregon would be the second state to adopt such a policy after California, while nine northeastern states have limited versions of this policy. Programs.
Fox News & # 39; Vandana Rambaran and The Associated Press contributed to this report.