Every bill that comes before the state Senate this session will receive a “no” vote from Sen. Dallas Heard unless members of the public are allowed back into the building.

Currently, the Capitol is closed to the public for COVID-19 safety reasons.

But Heard, who in December pulled off his mask on the Senate floor in protest of safety rules, thinks the building should be reopened.

Heard said the Oregon Constitution requires all legislative deliberations be open.

“That means open, unimpeded, and fair opportunities for the people to engage their Legislature. Legislatures across the country are finding ways of allowing the people in, yet the Democrat supermajority and its leadership have taken the liberty upon themselves to ban ‘we the people’ from the Capitol building,” Heard said in a press release.

He also said virtual committee meetings have been discriminatory, blocking people who can’t afford the internet from participating.

He said it’s been heartbreaking to watch people trying to navigate an unfamiliar virtual environment.

“I have seen older Oregonians frantically trying to get their mic to work, and have seen the pain in their eyes as the Chairs move on,” he said.

He also objected to virtual committee meetings being resumed while people in many parts of the state still were without power due to last month’s ice storms.

He called the virtual sessions “twisted and perverted.”

“I will continue to be a ‘no’ vote on every bill until the people are allowed back into their building and we can move forward with an honest and open process,” he said.

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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NJ

Dallas, surely it occurs to you that you can be recalled. Or did you also refuse to actually read the law concerning your job rather than rush headlong in your quest to make Oregon's Republican Party the Oregon Fascist Party. Fascism: "Fascism is a form of far-right, authoritarian ultranationalism characterized by dictatorial power, forcible suppression of opposition and strong regimentation of society and the economy.". Be careful of what you desire.

CitizenJoe

Oppositional defiant disorder--basically, bratty behavior, in medical parlance--is something we expect folks to outgrow.

But the Oregon GQP now has this brat leading them.

Dallas Heard collects his paycheck--our tax dollars--for not showing up to work.

Dallas Heard collects his paycheck--our tax dollars--for voting "NO! You're not the boss of me!" on every issue.

Republicans, you must be so very proud of your child.

Willie Stroker

How much time does Merkley and DeFazio spend in DC? When was the last time they walked down the street and talked to people without organizing a big press event? When was the last time they went and fed the homeless or volunteered to clean up the parks?

smedleyb

What an incredibly stupid remark Stroker. All your comment was an ignorant whataboutism. There was no mention of Merkely or Wyden in the report but you had to throw your whiny garbage in. Thanks for nothing!

NJ

DeFazio and Merkley do their jobs in DC and do hold town halls in Oregon. DeFazio uses his annual pay raises in a grant to help Oregon students with college tuition and holds town halls on FaceBook to avoid Covid spread. Merkley regularly holds town halls, the schedule on his .gov website. His 2021 schedule hasn't been published yet. Does it escape you that their jobs are back east so that's where they spend the majority of their time? It appears to escape you that an elected Oregon State Senator is a civil servant to those he represents, and not to perform his one-man agenda against governmental legislation. Work on learning before you post comments, otherwise it's blatantly obvious you participate only to perpetuate division.

goodnews

Someone's diaper is full, his attitude smells worse than I-5 in the WIlbur area. Congrats DC this is who represents us. LOL.

CitizenJoe

I called it ODD, you called it a full diaper. Same brat, though.

mworden

Great stand, Dallas. You were already going to vote no on every bill supported by Democrats, so it's an empty gesture. You must think you're really smart and can fool people just by making a big deal out of doing what you were already going to do anyway. If a Republican bill moves forward and you vote no, it'll be your GOP colleagues who will be annoyed. So I guess the Dems win no matter what you do.

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