Governor sends state police to round up Republican lawmakers who fled vote on climate bill: Reports

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The governor of Oregon has reportedly taken action in response to a walkout involving Republican state senators.

After the state House passed a climate bill establishing a cap-and-trade system and sent the proposal to the Democratic-controlled Senate, several GOP members reportedly fled the state to avoid a vote. Gov. Kate Brown, a Democrat, said her party has “requested the assistance of the Oregon State Police to bring back their colleagues to finish the work they committed to push forward for Oregonians.”

Brown added that she had authorized the request.

“It is absolutely unacceptable that the Senate Republicans would turn their back on their constituents who they are honor-bound to represent here in this building,” she said. “They need to return and do the jobs they were elected to do.”

One of those Republicans, however, appeared to indicate he would be willing to kill any officers sent to bring him back.

“This is what I told the superintendent [of the Oregon State Police],” state Sen. Brian Boquist said. “Send bachelors and come heavily armed. I’m not going to be a political prisoner in the state of Oregon. It’s just that simple.”