GOP laments Dems wiping out their bills

Below is part of a press release from the Oregon Republican Party, 5/1/07:

Democrats send Republican Proposals Down in Flames!

Yesterday was April 30 and if a bill didn’t make it out of its assigned committee in its chamber of origin by midnight last night then its off-the-table, finite, DEAD.

At the start of the 2007 legislative session Speaker Merkley and his Democrat cronies went out of their way to let the public know that they were going to set the stage for “”¦the most open, accessible session in a generation.” To guarantee the perception of bipartisanship Merkley even developed a rule that allows each lawmaker in the House of Representatives to designate two specific proposals during the session that will be guaranteed hearings and committee votes, provided that those bills have at least two sponsors from each party”¦

Have they kept their promise? Has the session been open? Has this session been less partisan? Have Republican proposals been given their due consideration? Here is a peak at SOME of the bills that the Democrats killed last night:

– A proposal allowing Oregonians to deduct the health care costs from their taxes (SB 584)
– A proposal to require drug testing for people on public assistance (SB 606)
– A bill that would requires meth dealers to pay an increased fee when they go to court (SB 845)
– A bill that would require drug testing for unemployment benefits (HB 2441)
– Tougher sentencing for property crimes, identity theft and car theft (HB 3429)
– A requirement that 65 cents of every education dollar be spent on classroom instruction (HB 3427)
– A bill that would help grow the economy and create jobs by encouraging new investment (HB 3425)

And yet the D’s moved these bills by the April 30 deadline:

– A bill that will allow the issuance of teaching, personnel service or administrative license or registration to a person convicted of misdemeanor prostitution (SB 724)
– A bill that creates a Task Force on Morale in Kindergarten through Grade 12 Education (HB 2584 — but don’t worry, it’s only a placeholder bill”¦ right Representative Buckley?)
– A proposal to put a stop to workplace bullying! (SB 1035)
– A prohibition on the “restrictive confinement of a pig” (SB 694)

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  • Jerry

    This proves what I have always known – Democrats are just as dirty as any other politicians. They should be ashamed, but are not. They are bad, bad people for not allowing these bills to move forward for at least open consideration.
    I am deeply ashamed at the state of politics in Oregon.

  • baldeagle

    Has this session been less partisan than sessions with the Republicans in charge under Minnis? She and other leaders did not allow any Democratic bill proposals or any participation, period. Bills were bottled up on day one and never saw the light of day.

    The punitive Republican bills implying people on public assistance might be on drugs, changing laws to punish some types of law breakers more than others, more drug tests on unemployed people implying unemployed people might be on drugs, hampering local school districts from making their own decisions about where their taxpayer dollars should go all have a fatal flaw. The bills heavily imply wrong doing, looking for ways to punish poor working class people through unequal treatment. Let’s have every citizen tested for drugs before they use any tax payer funded service. Unequal treatment of a class of people would land in court in a second.

    So far the Republican’s major victory is lining big tobacco’s pockets and denying 117,000 uninsured children of working parents and the poor health insurance. Dem’s lamented the GOP wiping out their bills for several sessions. Nothing new here, just politics.

    • Tim Lyman

      The vast majority of those “working families” were making north of $40,000 a year – more than enough to pay for their children’s health insurance if they valued their children’s health more than consumer goods.


    I’m not a liberal but I know as well as the next person that as far as politics goes, “To the Victor go the spoils”. The GOP lost their majorities through incompetence so now they are tasting the results of that defeat!

    Maybe if they can start to get it together they can gain one of the houses back next election…………..gridlock was much better for this state than what is presently happening!

  • Richard

    You get what you did vote for, Remember back when Republicans said we are going throw out and punish Republican for forgetting their roots. What the hicks forgot those who would replace the republican are for worst. Sorry folks you cook this stew now its time to eat and you will eat every regulating, high tax and spending, gay rights bite. Judgment time for your foolishness is here.