Oregon governor sends police to round up Republican lawmakers

Kate Brown in 2017.jpgOregon Gov. Kate Brown (D) sent police out on Thursday to locate 12 Republican legislators who left the Capitol to avoid voting on a landmark climate plan.

The proposal, which aims to dramatically lower the state’s greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, would be the second of its kind nationwide.

Republican lawmakers walked out following failed negotiations with Democrats.

The Oregon State Police can force any senator they find to return to the legislature, though the police say they will opt for “polite communication” rather than physical force.

If enough senators remain absent, the rogue lawmakers could be fined up to $500 per person per day until a vote can be held.

“Send bachelors and come heavily armed,” Republican Sen. Brian Boquist said late Wednesday ahead of the walkout. “I’m not going to be a political prisoner in the state of Oregon. It’s just that simple.”

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