Oregon House Democrats try to revive stalled bills
Thursday, June 2, 2011
SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- Democrats in the Oregon House are trying to revive several of their priority measures that have stalled in committees, including one that would allow some illegal immigrants to pay in-state tuition at public universities.
Lawmakers began the process Thursday for a procedural maneuver known as a discharge petition. They can force a vote of the full House if they get signatures from at least 31 lawmakers, a majority. In a House evenly divided with 30 members of each party, Democrats will need support from at least one Republican.
Democrats also want a vote on a bill to name a National Guard armory after former Gov. Ted Kulongoski and one to require prevailing wages on some construction projects.
The bills have been stalled in committees without support from Republican co-chairs.