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LIVE Blogging: Final Senate Bill 2 Vote



12:15
There have been a lot of questions about when these two bills, once law would go into effect. Please go to www.basicrights.org and sign up for our e-newsletter (on the left hand side of the home page). We will be sending out a newsletter today (Thursday) explaining what's next.

Thanks to everyone!

11:05am
That's it folks. Basically no debate. Painless. Senate Bill 2 has passed all hurdles. As we know, Kulongoski is ready to sign it.

PASSED 19-7
Four Senator were excused today.

11:04
Whitsett, Atkinson, Gary George, Larry George, Beyer, Kruse, Ferrioli vote NO

11:02am
Pres. Courtney "the question now rises".

11:02am
The final vote of approval in the legislature is about to take place.

11:01am
VOTE TIME! Roll call!

11:00am
Burdick recommends call of the Senate.

11:00am
Burdick explains how this bill has been in the legislature for 34 years.

10:59am
Whitsett urges a NO vote.

10:57am
Exemption changed in SB2 to address some of the concerns of churches to clarify the exemption.

10:57am
Sen. Burdick explains the new religious exemption that was amended in the House to simply clarify it further.

10:56am
Senator Burdick moves to have Senate Bill 2 passed. Discussion begins on SB2.

10:55am
Devlin (D) and Starr (R) are excused today it sounds like.

10:54am
Nothing is happening--so I added a pretty little graphic to the top of the post. Just makes you happy doesn't it?

10:51
Caucus over. Roll call.

10:45am
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.

10:36
Sen. Majority Leader Kate Brown just called for a caucus. Floor session to resume in 15 minutes.

10:31
President Courtney introduced honorary pages. Courtesies were also just extended by Sen. Burdick, Sen. Monnes Anderson and President Courtney.

10:27am
Wow. They are amazing. Are we in the Senate or at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall?

10:25am
Opera singers from Portland State University are about to sing.

10:20am
Seantors are slowly trickling in. Many are still missing. Posting colors is starting.

10:15am
We're LIVE from Salem! Roll call is starting in the Oregon Senate.

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By Anonymous Bruce Morris, at April 19, 2007 10:58 AM

HI: its Bruce, former Bend Organizer breaking rules at my new drone job to check in. What an exciting day! Thanks for keeping us posted    



By Blogger Krista, at April 19, 2007 12:09 PM

Very exciting day in Oregon. When will the senate vote on HB 2007?    



By Blogger Bryan Boyd, BRO, at April 19, 2007 12:10 PM

There have been a lot of questions about when these two bills, once law would go into effect. Please go to www.basicrights.org and sign up for our e-newsletter (on the left hand side of the home page). We will be sending out a newsletter today (Thursday) explaining what's next.

Thanks to everyone!    



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