Republicans say consideration from Democrats has eroded in first week of Legislature over carbon reduction

State Sen. Cliff Bentz, R-Ontario, is among Republicans at the Legislature worried that key environmental legislation is being rushed. (The Enterprise/Pat Caldwell)

SALEM – Just a week into the 2019 Legislature, unrest between Democratic and Republican legislators has surfaced over landmark legislation to reduce Oregon’s greenhouse gas emissions.

Legislators have been anticipating the environmental push as a major issue in the session, putting Oregon in the forefront of tackling carbon emission changes through government policy. The proposal could affect every Oregonians in many ways, increasing costs for things like gas and manufactured goods. 

On Monday, Sen. Cliff Bentz, R-Ontario, aired his grievances in a Portland Business Journal article, saying he had been shut out from crafting of the legislation despite being a vice chair of the Joint Committee on Carbon Reduction. 

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