Democrats are pulling out what one lawmaker called “the silver bullet.”
The legislative session is expected to last only a couple more weeks, and the political maneuvering has kicked into high gear.
Today, House Democrats filed three “discharge” petitions. Such petitions are a way to allow a bill to bypass a committee and go directly to the House floor for a vote. The petition needs 31 signatures from lawmakers to move to a full vote by the split 30-30 House.
The petitions are used when committee co-chairs, evenly split between Democrats and Republicans, can’t agree to give a bill a hearing.
Democrats are hoping to get the following three bills around the Republican committee co-chairs who are blocking them:
Senate Bill 742: The so-called tuition-equity bill, which would allow illegal immigrant students who have attended Oregon schools for a certain period of time the chance to attend an Oregon university and pay in-state tuition. Currently, these students are considered out-of-state residents and must pay thousands more to attend university.
Senate Bill 601: Would name a National Guard armory after former Gov. Ted Kulongoski.
House Bill 2524: This bill would ensure that wages paid to construction workers in enterprise zones meet the prevailing wage standard.