- The Republican senators from Oregon have officially finished the second-longest legislative strike in American history.
- A solution that helped put an end to the boycott in Salem stipulated that for an abortion physician to decide not to notify the parents of some teenage patients who undergo the operation, another provider had to agree with them.
- Democrats from Oregon also agreed to take out provisions that would have raised the semiautomatic firearm purchase age from 18 to 21.
After winning concessions from Democrats on bills addressing abortion, transgender health care, and gun rights, Republicans turned up for work in the Oregon Senate on Thursday, ending a walkout that had delayed important issues for six weeks.
The lawmakers’ walkout, which was the second-longest in American history and the longest in state history, occurred as several statehouses throughout the country, notably those in Tennessee and Montana, turned into ideological battlegrounds.
Republicans boycotted the state Senate over a broad proposal on abortion and sex reassignment care that they deemed to be too radical. This stopped the state Senate from obtaining the two-thirds quorum needed to enact bills. The law would exempt specific situations from the need that medical professionals notify a minor’s parents before performing an abortion, regardless of the patient’s age.
Democrats agreed to modify the language relating to parental notice for abortion as part of the agreement to halt the walkout.
According to the compromise, an abortion provider would not be required to notify the parents of a patient under the age of 15 if they feel that doing so would not be in the patient’s best interest, but they would need the agreement of another provider. However, if contacting a parent or guardian would result in the patient being abused or neglected, a second opinion would not be required.
Democrats said that the legislation will still protect carers from sex reassignment care or anti-abortion laws imposed by other states. Medically essential sex reassignment care must also be covered by health insurance.
Democrats also consented to withdraw a number of changes to a bill that would criminalise the production or transfer of firearms that cannot be detected. The now-removed provisions would have increased the semiautomatic weapon purchase age from 18 to 21 and added extra restrictions to concealed carry