When the Washington state Senate passed Sen. Don Benton’s bill blocking the transfer of seized property to an agency of another state — a clear shot at the Columbia River Crossing — supporters likely knew it may not go anywhere in the House.
It may not need to.
Senate Bill 6125 appears to have achieved the desired effect on at least one Oregon lawmaker.
Oregon Sen. Bruce Starr, R-Hillsboro, directly cited Benton’s bill in
a statement this week announcing that he won’t support the proposed
Interstate 5 Bridge replacement if it comes to a vote in Salem this
“Based on the Washington legislature’s demonstrated unwillingness to
engage in a bi-state process, as seen by the Washington Senate’s recent
passage of Senate Bill 6125, it is clear that the co-operation we need
to build this bridge is not going to materialize,” Starr said.
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