Bentz seeks to slow down climate bill

Sen. Cliff Bentz, R-Ontario, faces arguably one of the toughest legislative sessions in his careers as he struggles guard his constituents from a climate bill he feels will hurt the state rather than help it. (The Enterprise/File).

SALEM – For more than 10 years, state Sen. Cliff Bentz, R-Ontario, found success at the Oregon Legislature despite the fact his party usually held little power.

Bentz, who helped craft the state’s massive transportation program two years ago, worked across partisan lines while he kept a firm focus on issues that impacted his constituents in places like Ontario or John Day or Baker City.

Yet Bentz said last week that this current session of the Oregon Legislature may be one of his toughest because of House Bill 2020, the proposed plan to place a cap on the state . . .