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The Oregon Senate Minority Leader's refusal to walk out, giving Senate a quorum, led to bill passing.

A Molalla woman has gotten the ball rolling on a recall effort of Oregon Senate Minority Leader Fred Girod (R-Lyons)).

At issue for LaVaedra Newton is that Girod, and five fellow Republicans in the Oregon Senate, didn't walk out on March 25 when the Senate was to debate a ban on firearms in state buildings. Because Girod and his colleagues chose not to join a Republican walkout over the issue, the chamber was able to achieve a quorum and vote on the issue.

The bill in question, Senate Bill 554, passed despite strong Republican objections.

FILE PHOTO - Oregon Senate Minority Leader Fred Girod is the subject of a recall effort spurred on by a Molalla woman.

Monday, April 5, Newton filed a petition to remove Girod from the seat he's held in the Senate since 2008.

To mount a successful recall of Girod, Newton and supporters will need to gather at least 8,922 signatures from voters in Girod's district by July 6.

In a form submitted to the Oregon Secretary of State's Office, Newton said that Girod's refusal to walk out and not permit the vote was a refusal to "stand up to protect his constituents." She said he'd failed to use the "single tool" available to defend the people who elected him and that "he needs to be replaced with a real leader."

Girod said that he wasn't concerned with the effort and he wouldn't pay much attention to the initiative.


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