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Major environmental bill affecting Malheur County clears Oregon House

Rep. Karin Power, D-Milwaukie, carries House Bill 2020 on the floor Monday night. (Claire Withycombe/Oregon Capital Bureau)

After months of committee hearings, House Republicans relished their final opportunity to pepper Democrats over their proposed legislation to cap greenhouse gas.

They took to the floor to give grand speeches they can point to when on the campaign trail, but they weren’t able impact a vote.

That was decided well before House Bill 2020 hit the floor, where it passed 36-24.

It’s a significant and penultimate step for the Oregon Legislature.

The bill now moves to the Senate where the vote margin will likely be slimmer, but it’s expected to pass nonetheless.

Rep. Karin Power, D-Milwaukie, carried the bill on the floor and co-chaired the . . .