Partisanship splits Legislature

As the Legislature wraps up its special session, partisanship is creating some obstacles.

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Bills on early release for prisoners, employee communication and mortgage banks are among those that have divided legislators along party lines during the special session.

And because the special session is so compressed, Rep. Vic Gilliam of Silverton think partisanship has increased.

Last week, he was the Republican point person against a bill authorizing the attorney general to sue mortgage banks and other credit lenders under Oregon’s basic consumer-protection law.

He used the term “retribution” — which the Alliance of Oregon’s Business Associations used to describe half a dozen bills it asserts are punishment for opposing income-tax increases passed largely by Democratic majorities and upheld by voters Jan. 26. But he was called to order by House Speaker Dave Hunt, D-Gladstone, who said Gilliam should not “characterize” what a vote would mean.

Read the full story at the Statesman Journal.

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