Guest Commentary: 'Kids arguing in the sandbox' (June 14, 2023)
June 14, 2023
Most Republican members of the Oregon Senate have refused to participate in floor sessions since May 3, in a show of opposition to Democratic leadership.
As a result, hundreds of bills are waiting for floor votes, which may never be taken before the mandatory adjournment date of June 25.
While this is frustrating for legislative insiders, the average Oregonian probably doesn’t care. Most people have no idea what is going on in the Capitol, for good reason.
Bills are usually introduced for the benefit of narrow interests.
If passed, they would eventually raise taxes for voters. Only on...