Controversial cap & trade bill heads to Oregon House

Oregon’s controversial climate change legislation rolled through the Ways and Means Committee Wednesday on a 13-8 party line vote and now heads to the House, where it will doubtless be fiercely debated yet again.

Just as they did in a subcommittee vote Tuesday, Democrats rejected a package of amendments drafted by industry groups that would have fundamentally weakened and delayed implementation of the policy, as well as an amendment that would have allowed it to be referred to voters.

In a political power play, Sen. Peter Courtney commandeered Ways and Means co-chair Sen. Betsy Johnson’s seat for the more at

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