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Bentz, other Republicans braced to stall vote on Oregon tax increase

State Sen. Cliff Bentz, R-Ontario

ONTARIO – State Sen. Cliff Bentz was in Ontario Tuesday and his absence from the Capitol could stop the Oregon Senate from moving ahead with a controversial business tax.

The Senate needs at least one Republican in the chamber for there to be a quorum for business to get done.

The Senate Republicans were threatening to stay away, hoping the move would force Democrats to change the pending legislation, House Bill 3427.

If there are no Senate Republicans in Salem, there can’t be a vote on House Bill 3427A.

Bentz said Tuesday that not all Republican lawmakers have departed the capital.

“There has been no denial of a quorum yet, as of this moment. Yesterday we provided the two votes, or the two people, necessary . . .