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State Sen. Dallas Heard, R-Myrtle Creek, speaks during a rally at the Douglas County Courthouse in August 2020.

In the current legislative session, state Sen. Dallas Heard has voted “no” on every bill that’s come up for a vote. It’s his protest against the closure of the state Capitol to the public during the COVID-19 pandemic.

But on Monday, for the first time, he voted “yes” on something.

So what was the lucky bill that finally won the senator’s first nod of approval?

It was Senate Bill 867, which sought to require public schools return to full-time, in-person classroom instruction next fall.

The bill remains stuck in the Senate Rules Committee after an unsuccessful bid by Republicans Monday to withdraw the bill from committee and allow a debate and a decision on the bill by the full Senate.

The move failed on a 10 to 18 vote along party lines, and Heard was one of the 10 voting “yes” along with the rest of the Republicans.

“Only bills intended to restore the freedoms stolen from our citizens during the past 14 months should be passing the Senate floor until the people of Oregon have been restored to their rightful place in the State Capitol building,” Heard said in a statement.

Heard said Oregon children’s education has suffered a great and lasting impact due to what he called “the reckless decisions made by Kate Brown and her supporters.”

Heard also said he supports Senate Resolution 2, which proposes to end the state of emergency and prohibit the governor from declaring states of emergency related to COVID-19 unless it’s authorized by a joint resolution of the Legislature.

SR 2 would also mandate reopening the Capitol building within five days of its adoption. SR 2 was referred to the Senate Rules Committee on May 17.

Reporter Carisa Cegavske can be reached at ccegavske@nrtoday.com or 541-957-4213.

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Carisa Cegavske is the senior reporter for The News-Review. She can be reached at ccegavske@nrtoday.com or 541-957-4213. Follow her on Twitter @carisa_cegavske

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(7) comments

CitizenJoe

Dallas Heard ought not be so reckless about the use of the word "reckless"....

Momos

Oregon's Marjorie Taylor Greene. When people like that finally crash, it can be fun to watch.

gearheadgeek1969

Well done Dallas. The fact that the usual pack of scared-to-death Dem sycophants do not like you means you are on the right track!

mworden

A philosopher once said the quality of ideas seems to play a minor role in mass movement leadership. What counts is the arrogant gesture, the complete disregard of the opinion of others, the single-handed defiance of the world.

It always makes me think of Dallas and his leadership positions.

Plugtuglug

As he slowly kills off his constituents through his ideological brainwashing, many have seen his true colors. We all have a vote, and this time it won’t be given to this waste of space.

susapple

Dallas Heard’s continuous rant about the Governor’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic proves two things to me: 1. Dallas Heard doesn’t care about protecting people’s health from the vigorous contagion of this virus, 2. Dallas Heard is not very intelligent to have such a limited view of liberty. For him, it appears, no laws limiting what someone “wants” to do should be enacted. Stealing some possession from someone is probably a bigger deal to him, than someone killing another person, either by gun, knife or spreading Covid-19 to them.

Citizen495

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