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Republican senators disappear from Capitol after negotiations over cap-and-trade flop

Protestors gather outside the Capitol, objecting to legislation that would impose limits on pollution and increase costs for some industry. (Saphara Harrell/Salem Reporter)

UPDATE: Gov. Kate Brown directs Oregon State Police to return missing senators to the Capitol. The Senate decides to fine missing senators $500 a day starting Friday.

SALEM — For the second time this year, Senate Republicans have thrown the legislative session into disarray by refusing to come to work Thursday.

Republicans warned Tuesday and Wednesday that they could boycott Senate proceedings, as they did for four days in May, in order to stop a scheduled vote on a Democratic cap-and-trade bill.

Gov. Kate Brown responded by suggesting she could dispatch Oregon State Police to bring wayward senators to the Capitol, where . . .