Sen. Sara Gelser and others need to explain why the $1.1 million fine was paid by the Oregon Legislature rather than from the pockets of the harassers. The U.S. Congress finally did away with using tax money to pay the fines for the criminal behavior of legislators. This act of the Oregon Legislature was patently illegal. Does the Legislature pay parking fines for legislators? Pay speeding tickets? The public needs an explanation of the legality of the $1.1 million.
Corvallis (March 6)