Future of walkouts in the Oregon legislature could end under Democratic supermajority

After two walkouts in two years by Republican lawmakers, Oregon’s Democratic majority is looking to lock up the numbers to end the practice for good.

Under state law, the Oregon legislature must meet quorum—or the minimum number of lawmakers present—to conduct regular business such as holding votes.

In the Oregon House of Representatives, that number is 40 and in the state Senate the threshold is 30.

While Democrats effectively control the governor’s mansion and both chambers of the legislature, the party remains two seats short in both the House and
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