In a move which would have been more in vogue in 1928, when the Klu Klux Klan was the dominant political force in Oregon (didn't know that, eh?), Senator "Pink" Floyd Prozanski, Chairman of the OR Senate Judiciary Committee, held a "Star Chamber" session of his committee to try to bust the wide, bi-partisan support for three gun-rights bills (Can't publish CHL names/Join Multi-State reciprocity/Guns ok on off-road vehicles).
In that meeting, he gave Portland Senator Ginny Burdick, a well-known Portland gun-rights denier (and former Chair of this Committee), an hour and a half to speak. She gave a long anti-gun speech, then turned over the rest of her time to State Schools Superintendant Susan Castillo, another anti-gun official, who used it to plug for an amendment to one of those three bills that would establish college campuses as exceptions to Oregon's strong State Pre-Emption in their CHL program, essentially letting the colleges deny carriage of weapons to properly-licensed townspeople and others in the college towns, including smack in the middle of downtown Portland.
Those supporting the gun bills without amendments (the bills, as previously reported out of their first committee, have no amendments) were give two minutes each to present their testimony. Many were not prepared for the unannounced, draconian rules, and were cut off in the middle of their presentations.
The curious thing is that none of the bills (all vetted by a previous committee, and as polled, would easily pass both the Senate and House) are actually amended, either with the "conceptualized" amendment to allow colleges to scoff at Pre-Emption, or with any other Amendment. The Committee rules are that the Committee MAY NOT hold hearings on un-amended Bills except to pass them on to the full Senate AS UN-AMENDED! A Bill must be heard in Committee in the form (either amended or not) that it got to the Committee in. If amendments were to be added in committee, no bill's sponsor would ever have a chance of presenting a Bill for a vote in the form it was written, hence this rule.
Sen. Prozanski gets around this limitation by calling the proposed amendment a "legislative concept" instead of an actual amendment. This is a convenient lie, because the rule is specific.
By rule, this Star Chamber hearing should not have even been held, but it was, and it's likely that some hardball politics (tit-for-tat stuff) will have to be played between the parties now to advance the bills as unamended.
So, in sum, the will of the entire Legislature is about to be circumvented by the anti-gunners, who have taken a position against basic Civil Rights, and broken long-standing rules of the Legislature to advance their position!
Information for this post noted from Lars Larson's Northwest Radio show, and from his guest, Senator Jeff Kruse, who is on the Senate Judiciary Committee and was an eyewitness to the above shenanigans.