Interesting story coming out of Oregon today. The Oregon supreme court ruled that ten Republican senators will be unable to run for re-election.
The Oregon Supreme Court said Thursday that 10 Republican state senators who staged a record-long walkout last year to stall bills on abortion, transgender health care and gun rights cannot run for reelection.
The decision upholds the secretary of state’s decision to disqualify the senators from the ballot under a voter-approved measure aimed at stopping such boycotts. Measure 113, passed by voters in 2022, amended the state constitution to bar lawmakers from reelection if they have more than 10 unexcused absences.
So essentially, in the state of Oregon, you need 2/3rds of representatives to be present in order to pass any legislation. During the 2023 legislative session, 10 Republican senators stagged a 6 week boycott, preventing all legislation from being approved. But in November of 2022, Oregon voters approved a constitutional amendment saying that any legislator who has 10 unexcused absences will be barred from re-election. The Oregon Secretary of State then ruled that the 10 republicans had violated the law and would be barred from re-election. They sued, arguing that the wording of the constitutional amendment was too vague. Today it was announced that they lost and will not be able to run for re-election.
I support the role of the minority party in government doing whatever it can, legally, to oppose legislation they fundamentally disagree with. In this case, members of the minority party simply decided not to participate in the process in order to stop legislation they disagreed with from being approved. The voters decided there should be repercussions for that action and approved a law aimed at preventing that form of opposition.
I support the amendment and the decision from the court. Show up to work. Do your job. You’re in the minority party and don’t have the votes? Work your ass off to get more support or work deals in order to advocate for your constituents. What do y’all think about this?
Frankly in my view legislators who refuse to do their job (voting yay or nay) for every legislative bill should be expelled from the assembly and a new election be held. That’s just the jacobin in me coming out though.
Not anymore. But the people (drug addicts if we are honest) of Oregon spoke with their collective voice and said we aren’t tolerating this type of shenanigan anymore.
They paid the legislators to do a job. Said job is to present legislation, pass or deny legislation with counted yay or nay votes, and turn over legislation to the governor for enforcement. That’s how the system is supposed to work.
If they take their ball and run away like ■■■■■■■ cowards then they don’t deserve to ever sit in an assembly ever again.
Dems in Texas have done the same thing in the past and I feel the same way about them. They should be expelled and barred from any electoral process ever again. The assembly is not a place for cowards.
Matter of fact we should pass the same rule for congress. If you vote present more than twice or try to block proceedings by leaving your assigned seat during debate, then you should be expelled.
Agree. That walkout in Texas a decade or so ago cost taxpayers a fortune and in the end achieved nothing. Just don’t demand a quorum if this happens.
Not a good look to cry about inhibiting votes by demanding ID and then go outright ban the opposition at every chance.