On June 20, Oregon’s Republican state senators staged a walkout to protest a vote on HB 2020, a climate bill relating to greenhouse gas emissions.
This bill would have made Oregon the second state after California to adopt a cap-and-trade program, requiring a “cap on greenhouse gas emissions that are regulated emissions and to provide market-based mechanism for covered entities to demonstrate compliance with program.”
Effectively, the program would put a limit on greenhouse gas emissions and the state would provide a limited number of pollution permits, creating a market for companies to buy and trade permits.
The bill was introduced on Feb. 4 in the House and passed on June 17.
After a second reading in the Senate on June 19, state Republican senators staged a walkout and have not been in session since.
On the walkout’s sixth day on June 25, Democratic Oregon Senate President Peter Courtney said the bill did not have the votes on the Senate floor and would not pass and, “that would not change.”
Oregon’s legislative session ended on June 30.