Worries over Capitol safety prompt advice to keep Republican senator out of the building

Sen. Brian Boquist, R-Dallas, discusses the walkout in his office. (Aubrey Wieber/Salem Reporter)

UPDATE: A link to the investigator's report has been added to this report.

Legislative leaders were advised this week to ban Sen. Brian Boquist from the Capitol over his threatening language, but Boquist remains able to return to work.

The comments, threatening violence against police, garnered national media attention and strong backlash in Oregon.

Senate President Peter Courtney, D-Salem, through staff, said he’s done what he can, but he only has limited direct authority over other senators. He hasn’t barred Boquist from the Capitol.

A private Portland attorney advising the Legislature outlined concerns about Boquist, a Republican from Dallas, in a two-page memo obtained by Salem Reporter.