Senate Republicans protest against climate change bill in Oregon

The lawmakers walked out on a controversial vote and now face a $500 fine for each day they sit out.
2:02 | 06/23/19

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Transcript for Senate Republicans protest against climate change bill in Oregon
We do want to turn now to the bizarre situation at the state house in Oregon. All senate Republicans going M.I.A., hiding out to protest a climate change bill. I've been in three states in three days. Reporter: This morning all of Oregon's 11 Republican state senators are missing in action, some leaving the state entirely to avoid troopers who have been ordered by the governor to get them back to the state house. If you don't think these boots are for walking, you're flat wrong, Mr. President. And you send the state police to get me? Hell is coming to visit you personally. We have avoided being within the state boundaries where the governor can exercise at her prerogative the state troopers to call us back to the state capitol. Reporter: The Republican state senators oppose a climate change bill but don't have enough votes to kill it. Instead they're trying to run out the clock until the session ends one week from today. One speaking to ABC news from a secret location. I am doing the work of my constituents by avoiding saddling all oregonians with this horrid piece of legislation. Reporter: Now with legislative work at a stand-still, the democratic senate president making an emotional plea to end the stalemate. This is the saddest day of my legislative life. I'm begging you to come back. Reporter: The walkout over climate change putting more than 100 bills in jeopardy since no votes can be made. Governor Kate brown is furious. Senate Republicans failed to of show up and failed to do their jobs. The senators face a fine of $500 for each day they're missing. We should also point out Democrats pulled a similar move back in 2001 starjing a five-day walk over redistricting. That is was when the Republicans had the majority. Now the reverse happening. Just another example of the partisan divide in this country creating more idlock even at the state level. Democracy at work. Unfortunately in this situation, yes. Sometimes the sausages get made in ugly fashion. Whit, thank you very much.

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