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Malheur County lawmaker sees another legislative session where Republicans will be forced to play defense

State Sen. Cliff Bentz, R-Ontario, speaks to the Vale Chamber of Commerce in December. Bentz warned that more taxes are on the way as the Oregon Legislature convenes Jan. 22. (The Enterprise/Pat Caldwell).

VALE – State Sen. Cliff Bentz, R-Ontario, said he will play political defense when the 2019 Legislature convenes Jan. 22.

The role isn’t new. Since he started his political career in 2008, the Drewsey lawmaker sat in the minority in Salem.

This session may be especially unique for Bentz and his political colleague in the House, Rep. Lynn Findley, R-Vale, because voters put three more Democrats in the House and one more in the Senate to create a supermajority. A supermajority means the Democrats do not need Republican votes in either chamber to pass legislation.

Speaking recently before the Vale . . .