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Findley, other Republican senators boycott session after greenhouse gas bill advances

Senator Lynn Findley, R-Vale. (The Enterprise/File).

The long-expected stalemate at the Oregon Legislature over climate control legislation burst into the open Monday morning as a legislative committee voted to send the bill to the Senate floor.

“Senator Courtney’s actions leave no other option for Senate Republicans but to boycott and deny quorum because cap and trade is on the way to the Senate floor,” said Senate Republican Leader Herman Baeretschiger Jr. (R-Grants Pass).

Sen. Lynn Findley, R-Vale, said he couldn’t allow the legislation to go through.

“If my colleagues will not allow for a fair process in the building, then I will represent my constituents from outside the building,” he said in a statement Monday morning.

In a phone interview at midday, Findley confirmed he had left Salem . . .