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Bentz will be missed at the cap and trade table

Former Republican Sen. Cliff Bentz of Ontario

PORTLAND, Oregon – The AAA Motor Club of Oregon was at the table during the debate on the complex cap and trade legislation that failed to pass the Oregon Legislature last summer. The issue will be back in 2020, even though that session is only 35 days long.

One of the strongest opponents to the legislation that was proposed is Republican Cliff Bentz of Ontario. He was a state senator, but has since resigned to run for Congress. AAA Motor Club Government Affairs Director Marie Dodds tells KUMA News that his voice of reason at the conference table will be missed.

“He is very knowledgeable about cap and invest and put a lot of effort in this last session,” she said. “His depth of knowledge will be missed.”

Originally, Bentz told KUMA News he would like to finish the short session before he stepped down to mount his campaign, but wasn’t sure if that would be possible.

Editor’s note: Marie Dodds of AAA Motor Club made these statements about Cliff Bentz based on observing him at conferences dealing with the cap and trade bill. It does not mean that AAA opposed cap and trade. Dodds says the motor club is always interested in getting the best possible legislation because of how it could impact the transportation sector. AAA remains neutral on cap and trade.

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