Oregon Legislative meltdown?

The picture on the right may not be the Oregon Legislature, but it may be in a few weeks. The picture is of the Taiwan Legislature in an all out brawl this week. There are signs that such tensions are occuring right here in Oregon.

Harry Esteve of The Oregonian wrote an interesting piece today about rising tensions in the State Capitol.

Relations are so bad that one day last week a Republican member missed a vote because he had to go to the bathroom and Democrats refused to let him cast the vote when he came back”¦Rank-and-file lawmakers worry about the deteriorating tone of the session and how it may further damage the body’s already battered image among the public. Several times last week, House members stood to air concerns about the spate of meltdowns on the floor. Among them was Rep. Bob Jenson, R-Pendleton, one of the elders of the Legislature and a 10-year veteran of the House. “We’ve taken a pretty terrible beating since I’ve been here, in the eyes of the press and in the eyes of a lot of people,” Jenson said. “Maybe it’s time for us to start acting like legislators.”

The article talks about how both the Republican Leader Scott and the Democratic leader Rep. Hunt are accusing each other of playing politics. There are real signs that the process is breaking down, and that fairness may be the victim.

Also out today on the same theme is Rep. Kim Thatcher’s press release on the mishandling of procedure over the Measure 37 re-write bill. Here is what Rep. Thatcher had to say:

Democrats rejected that plan without much debate. Without giving you a headache about political games, here’s a peek at what happened. Various proposals started in the so-called Joint Land Use “Fairness” Committee. However, in just four days, Democratic lawmakers broke off negotiations with Republicans and pushed through their own bills with very little public feedback. Democrats say their new proposal is going to a special election but so far no legislation has moved to the House Floor specifying when this election, estimated to cost nearly $2 million, will be held.

In addition to the referral which will gut Measure 37 and discourage anyone from fighting for their property rights in the future, Democrats also allowed state and county governments another year to process claims. Sadly, some of the people who’ve filed claims are quite elderly and may not be around long enough to secure justice and peace of mind for their families.

The Session is nearing the end where things get heated. The public deserves better, and now is the time to change before it gets worse.

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  • CRAWDUDE

    Pride goeth before a fall.

    The GOP found this out last election and the DNC may find it out next election. That is of course if the GOP can muster a brain cell or two and figure that you have to show the people of Oregon that the current majority party is selling them down the river with all the sweetheart deals to their special interest crooneys.

  • Robert Faith

    I wonder why people dont vote. Both sides need to change their acts and do what the voters voted them in for. I think it should be law that any legislator that accepts special interest money or other revenue should be sent to prison for 5 years.

  • Jerry

    These people are all fools and charlatans. I am deeply ashamed of the state of Oregon government at this point. Deep, do you hear me?

  • Dave A.

    D’s and R’s, they are all morons. every last one of them should be voted out. clean house. that’s how order can be restored. question is, does the public have the stomach to do it? or will they try to elect thier district favs back because of pork?

  • Robert Faith

    Lets just say the State of Oregon needs to wake up. Oregon is one of the poorest states around. Our Governor doesnt know which side is up or down. Lets face it, Oregon is a dying state.

  • baldeagle

    So pessimistic on this fine day. The “in the news” post fails to mention the 6 to 12 years the Republicans killed everything in caucus. That was also in the in the article. When the ‘middle of the road’ is discovered, let me know.

  • CRAWDUDE

    With the kind of bills being passed now, it’s no wonder why they stopped anything from getting to the weasels that get elected governor in this state.