Editorial: Senate deal helps kill gun measure

Editorial: Senate deal helps kill gun measure

Gun Rights

We may never know all the details of the behind-the-scenes negotiations that resulted in the deal that pulled Senate Republicans back to the Capitol this week. But, like many compromise deals, it’s one that likely left a bit of a sour taste in the mouths of many lawmakers. By now, you know the general outlines of the story: Senate Republicans, looking for a way to delay or possibly derail the passage of a gross receipts tax on certain Oregon businesses, played what really might have been their only card: They left the Capitol, leaving the Senate two votes short of the 20-member quorum required for that chamber to conduct business. Because the bill raised revenue, it required a three-fifths majority (18 votes in the Senate) to pass. It already had passed the House. Republican leaders must have thought for a time that there was a chance that one of the 18 Democrats in the Senate might waver on the bill, which earmarks all the money raised (about $1 billion a year) for K-12 public schools. By last week, we’d guess, Senate Republicans no longer saw a chance of peeling away even one Democratic vote. So they did the only thing they could: They walked. In retrospect, the walkout occurred too early in the session for it to actually have much of a chance to affect the business tax — and Democrats, possibly sensing the Republican strategy, had no plans to wait until session’s end to pass the measure. But […]

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