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Will the Oregon legislature have a quorum for the redistribution on Monday?


A handful of senators spoke to the Oregon State Senate on Monday, September 20, 2021, as the Oregon Legislature held a special session to consider the redistribution. The goal of the session is to adopt new legislative and congressional district maps for the state to use for elections.

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Oregon House Republicans did not show up for a floor session on Saturday, thwarting attempts by the majority Democrats to pass new political maps before a looming deadline.

The absence of GOP lawmakers denied a quorum in the House, meaning there weren’t enough members present to officially begin work. Democratic House Speaker Tina Kotek has announced that the House will adjourn until 9 a.m. on Monday. If enough Republicans haven’t shown up by 9:30 a.m., Kotek said, the session will end.

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The Legislature has until the end of Monday to participate in the once-a-decade work of redrawing the state’s legislative and legislative constituencies in accordance with new U.S. census figures. This year’s redistribution includes a new sixth seat in the United States House for Oregon, which gained political clout in the last census.

If they miss the deadline, the task of redrawing the maps of Congress will fall to a panel of five retired Oregon Supreme Court justices, and Democratic Secretary of State Shemia Fagan will be tasked with redrawing the cards. legislative districts of the state.

Republicans are upset that Democratic House Speaker Tina Kotek earlier this week rescinded a deal she made with them to divide power in the redistribution debate, even though Democrats have a large majority in the Senate and the House.

Saturday’s scheduled session followed a three-day hiatus due to a COVID-19 case at the Capitol in Salem.

On Saturday morning, Kotek unveiled a new congressional card proposal that some say would bring House Republicans back to the negotiating table. This proposal places the newer congressional district south of Portland and primarily east of Interstate 5, as in a previous plan. But it makes several changes to the proposed boundaries of other congressional districts, including keeping Portland and Bend in separate districts instead of combining them.

But it was not enough for the House to reach the quorum of 40 members required to vote on the issue.


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