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Title: Oregon state lawmaker who opened door for armed protesters kicked off committees, billed for damages
Post by: mystery-ak on January 12, 2021, 04:45:01 PM
Oregon state lawmaker who opened door for armed protesters kicked off committees, billed for damages
By Joseph Choi - 01/12/21 03:57 PM EST

Oregon state Rep. Mike Nearman (R) is facing calls to resign and being billed for damages caused by a group of protesters he allowed to enter the state capitol by opening a door while exiting the building, The Oregonian reported on Tuesday.

The incident occurred on Dec. 21 during a special session on the coronavirus and the state's response to it. Footage obtained by the Oregonian showed Nearman exiting through two doors, pushing one open which allowed protesters to enter the building.

According to state House Speaker Tina Kotek (D), Nearman has been stripped of his two committee assignments and fined $2,000 for the damages caused by the protesters.

“His actions have created immense fear among legislators and Capitol staff,” Kotek said in a statement released on Monday. “I believe he should resign immediately because he has already breached the public trust and endangered our ability to safely conduct the people’s business.”

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https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/533894-oregon-state-lawmaker-who-opened-door-for-armed-protesters-kicked-off (https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/533894-oregon-state-lawmaker-who-opened-door-for-armed-protesters-kicked-off)