Bentz returns to Ontario, says state police called off

Sen. Cliff Bentz, R-Ontario.

SALEM -- At least one Senate Republican has returned to Oregon.

Sen. Cliff Bentz, R-Ontario, confirmed Thursday afternoon that he had returned home. The state police had been called off, he said.

Oregon State Police Superintendent Travis Hampton declined to comment on whether police had been called off. Gov. Kate Brown’s communications staff did not return requests for comment.

Bentz declined to say when troopers had been called off, but said he was assured he was safe to travel back into the state without the prospect of being confronted by police.

He said he did not know if any other 10 Republican senators had also returned to Oregon. They left the state after Brown authorized the state police to find the missing senators and return them to Salem.

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