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Lawmakers are making arrangements for a rare evening floor session to take up a potentially historic vote.
Nearly half a year after an Oregon lawmaker allowed a crowd of far right protesters to enter the capitol building, new evidence emerged showing that Polk County Republican Mike Nearman had explained to them days earlier how to breach the capitol. On this week’s "OPB’s Politics Now," we unpack the latest and discuss what potential punishment awaits the lawmaker.
A debate over a relatively minor rule change resulted in a brief shouting match this week.
Oregon House Republicans broke their silence Monday on allegations against Rep. Mike Nearman, calling on the controversial lawmaker to resign days after new evidence that Nearman plotted with supporters before allowing an incursion of the state Capitol in December. Meanwhile, Democratic House Speaker Tina Kotek says a committee will meet this week to consider expelling him.
In the video from days before he allowed right-wing demonstrators into the locked state Capitol, Nearman talks about "Operation Hall Pass."