Oregon Legislature convenes; Dems focus on global warming

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Legislature convened its 2020 session Monday, with majority Democrats’ prioritizing stemming global warming through legislation that was being amended to get as many stakeholders behind it as possible. Republican lawmakers have threatened a walkout, repeating a tactic they used twice in the 2019 session to prevent a quorum on a climate bill and another measure. House Speaker Tina Kotek, a Portland Democrat, told reporters she’s optimistic that things will proceed if lawmakers can have respectful debate. Environmentalists worry the legislation might become so watered down that it will cripple its intent.