Bentz unsure what the next step is for Senate Republicans

Oregon Sen. Cliff Bentz (R-Ontario) said he wasn't sure what the next step will be for state Republican lawmakers after Peter Courtney (D-Salem), the Oregon Senate President, said a divisive climate bill didn't have enough Democratic votes to move forward. (The Enterprise/File).

SALEM – A bitterly divisive climate bill that sent Senate Republican lawmakers fleeing from the Capitol doesn’t have enough support among Democrats to move forward.

That message was delivered today by Oregon Senate President

Peter Courtney (D-Salem) regarding House Bill 2020, a proposal to cut Oregon’s carbon emissions.

“House Bill 2020 does not have the votes on the Senate Floor. That will not change,” said Courtney.

Republican lawmakers bolted from Salem six days ago to protest the greenhouse gas emission legislation, depriving the Senate . . .