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Embattled state legislator stays in office with less clout and less access to Capitol building in Salem

State Rep. Mike Nearman, R-Independence, reading an agreement on the House floor Monday, Jan. 1, that he will have diminished access to the Capitol after he let a group of rioters into the building. (Screen grab/Oregon Legislature)

SALEM – State Rep. Mike Nearman, R-Independence, hasn’t heeded the House speaker’s calls to resign after he let a group of rioters into the Capitol building last month. But he will have significantly diminished influence over legislation when lawmakers meet for the 2021 session next week and he’ll have diminished access to the Capitol building.

House Speaker Tina Kotek, D-Portland, removed Nearman from all of his committee assignments. While bills need to pass the House and Senate and be signed by the governor to become law, committees are often where the bulk . . .