Organizations and business leaders call on Oregon legislature to launch state representative who let protesters enter Capitol Hill

Organizations and business leaders call on Oregon legislature to launch state representative who let protesters enter Capitol Hill

Representative Mike Nearman was caught on surveillance video letting armed protesters enter during a special session in Salem.

SALEM, Oregon – Two dozen leaders from groups like Basic Rights Oregon, the NAACP and the Western States Center are calling on Oregon lawmakers to hold Representative Mike Nearman accountable after opening a door on the State Capitol in Oregon to protesters on December. 21, 2020.

Nearman was seen on surveillance video letting armed protesters enter during a special session in Salem. He is under investigation by the Oregon State Police for these actions and is also in trouble with the legislature. House Speaker Tina Kotek stripped him of his committee duties and fined him $ 2,000.

RELATED: Oregon Lawmaker Who Allowed Protesters Into State Capitol Go After House Speaker Kotek

These steps taken by the speaker did not go far enough for some groups, who are now calling on the legislature to kick Rep Nearman out of office. Twenty-four leaders refer to an article in the Oregon constitution which reads: “Either chamber may punish its members for disorderly behavior and may, with the agreement of two-thirds, expel a member ”.

A two-thirds majority would be 40 lawmakers. Currently, there are 37 Democrats in the state legislature.

The leaders who signed the letter say it is a non-partisan issue.

“It’s not a question of politics or partisanship. It’s about the future of our democracy, ”said Amy Herzfeld-Copple of the Western States Center. “The legislature must send a clear message that violence is never acceptable and that those who encourage and allow it have no place in the legislative process.”

RELATED: Oregon Lawmaker Under Investigation For Letting Protesters Enter State Capitol

Via: www.kgw.com

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