LIVE Blogging: Final Senate Bill 2 Vote
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That's it folks. Basically no debate. Painless. Senate Bill 2 has passed all hurdles. As we know, Kulongoski is ready to sign it.
Four Senator were excused today.
Whitsett, Atkinson, Gary George, Larry George, Beyer, Kruse, Ferrioli vote NO
Pres. Courtney "the question now rises".
The final vote of approval in the legislature is about to take place.
VOTE TIME! Roll call!
Burdick recommends call of the Senate.
Burdick explains how this bill has been in the legislature for 34 years.
Whitsett urges a NO vote.
Exemption changed in SB2 to address some of the concerns of churches to clarify the exemption.
Sen. Burdick explains the new religious exemption that was amended in the House to simply clarify it further.
Senator Burdick moves to have Senate Bill 2 passed. Discussion begins on SB2.
Devlin (D) and Starr (R) are excused today it sounds like.
Nothing is happening--so I added a pretty little graphic to the top of the post. Just makes you happy doesn't it?
Caucus over. Roll call.
Independent Senator Avel Gordly is the only Independent in the Oregon Senate--she's having her own caucus at her desk while R's and D's are in their respective caucus rooms.
Sen. Majority Leader Kate Brown just called for a caucus. Floor session to resume in 15 minutes.
President Courtney introduced honorary pages. Courtesies were also just extended by Sen. Burdick, Sen. Monnes Anderson and President Courtney.
Wow. They are amazing. Are we in the Senate or at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall?
Opera singers from Portland State University are about to sing.
Seantors are slowly trickling in. Many are still missing. Posting colors is starting.
We're LIVE from Salem! Roll call is starting in the Oregon Senate.