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Dispatches from public radio's correspondent at the Oregon Legislature. This is a venue for political and policy coverage of the state government in Salem and its impact on the people of Oregon.

Will Oregon Lawmakers Create An Impeachment Process?

Chris Lehman
Northwest News Network

Oregon is the only state without an impeachment process. But some state lawmakers are trying to establish a way to impeach statewide elected officials, including the governor.

The measure would ask voters to change the state constitution to create an impeachment process. It's sponsored by Republican Rep. Jodi Hack of Salem.

"I think it's time we do the right thing in this body and we give the voters of Oregon the opportunity to decide whether or not they want the opportunity to impeach their elected officials in the executive branch,” Hack said.

Hack introduced a nearly identical measure in 2015. It was approved in the Oregon House but failed in the Senate.

That attempt came shortly after then-Gov. John Kitzhaber stepped down amid a criminal ethics investigation.