On Feb. 25, all 11 members of the Republican state Senate walked out for the third year in a row in protest of Gov. Kate Brown's COVID-19 restrictions on schools which prevent students from attending school full-time and in-person due to the current global pandemic.

Democrats need at least two Republican senators to meet the two-thirds quorum requirement of the Oregon Senate otherwise they cannot conduct business. As a result, the legislative process is severely impeded.