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Oregon Legislature in turmoil as Senate Republicans threaten to bolt from Capitol

Loggers rally outside of the Capitol on Wednesday to protest cap and trade. (Saphara Harrell/Salem Reporter)

SALEM — The Oregon Legislature is mere days away from having to close up shop.

But uncertainty has permeated the Capitol for the past couple of days as Senate Republicans threaten to stop proceedings over a landmark environmental policy.

If the 11 Republican senators decide not to show Thursday morning, when a bill to limit the state’s industrial polluters is up for a vote, that would mean the Senate won’t have the 20 members it needs to legally meet.

The late-season shenanigans — combined with some hemming and hawing among Democrats — could throw a wrench into the conclusion of the session and create a logjam of bills.

Lawmakers have been busy working to allocate money . . .