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SENATE LEADERSHIP BREAKS ITS PROMISE: This Week's SB 1000 Vote Delayed Again

Last week, Senate Leadership promised that after weeks of delays and procedural setbacks a vote on Senate Bill 1000 would take place tomorrow, Wednesday, July 6th. Today, they let us down, backing away from that promise and now offering only a vague committment to vote sometime this week.

With the legislative session rapidly coming to a close, Good intentions aren't good enough. SB 1000 this session can pass this session, but only if the Senate puts an end to its stalling and puts SB 1000 to a vote immediately.

You have made the case for this bill. We have the votes to make SB 1000 the law. "Reasonable" justifications for delay from Senate Leadership are now nothing more than unacceptable excuses for letting this bill, and equality for all Oregonians along with it, languish.

MONTHS have gone by without a full vote on the Senate floor, despite the most visible lobbying the legislature has ever seen on these issue, despite overwhelming support across the state and plenty of opportunity to pass this bill (not to mention many promises of an impending vote).

Until now we have believed, because we have been assured, that Senate Leadership was doing everything possible to shepherd SB 1000 through the legislative process and make it the law. Now, with only a few weeks to go in the legislative session, we have no vote and no new law, only a string of broken promises.

GLBT Oregonians and their families cannot afford to wait two more years for another legislature to consider this bill at another time.
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