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Senate Walkout

(Salem, OR) -- GOP state lawmakers continue to thwart the Oregon Senate's attempts to convene. Nine Republican senators and one Independent were absent yesterday, preventing a quorum for the sixth day in a row. Republicans say it's a protest over bill summaries that aren't written to the level of an 8th grader, but Democrats say it's a stall tactic to prevent a vote on a reproductive health care bill. Some of the Senators now have six unexcused absences. Under Oregon law, legislators with more than nine unexcused absences can't run again.

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