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House still has time for bipartisan fun

A routine bill turned into a pun fest Thursday when the House of Representatives took it up for a vote.

Rep. Julie FaheyBy all accounts, SB 43A is a rather dull bill that establishes continuing education requirements for registered geologists in Oregon.

But it turned into a pun fest Thursday when the House of Representatives took it up for a vote.

Rep. Julie Fahey, D-Eugene, carried the bill.

"I can assure you colleagues, this is a rock-solid bill," Fahey said.

The chamber groaned.

The bill would take the state's standards for geologists "out of the stone age," Fahey said.

The bill also takes a "boulder" view, Fahey said — who then had to pause to giggle — and then asked that her colleagues not take the outcome of the vote for "granite."

(More groans).

"Representative, that was rocky," said Speaker Tina Kotek, D-Portland.

(Laughter).

Rep. Cheri Helt, R-Bend, stood up to say her part, saying the bill "rocks."

The bill passed with 58 votes in favor.