“Dull and Boring” Bill Passes Oregon House

SALEM, Ore. — Legislative sessions can be dull and boring, but Oregon lawmakers Wednesday moved to commemorate the humdrum — even if no one is quite sure how.

Based on their mundane names, the rural communities of Dull, Scotland, and Boring, Oregon, formed an international partnership last year to build cultural and commercial connections. And Oregon House lawmakers took that a step further with a vote to make Aug. 9 Boring and Dull Day in the state, putting the name of the U.S. town first despite mild objections from their European counterparts.

The plan, which now heads to the state Senate, is intended to boost tourism, and the date this summer marks one year from the day the towns were officially dubbed a “pair for the ages.”

Republican Rep. Bill Kennener, the proposal’s sponsor, announced the measure with a meandering, tongue-in-cheek, 10-minute speech — that never got around to saying what Oregon residents might do in observance.

“While some might be inclined to call this frivolous, the reality is that this attention is attracting tourism and commerce to this Boring section of Oregon” he said, pun intended.

A fellow Republican, Rep. Kevin Cameron, quipped that he spotted an intern falling asleep during the address, drawing laughs from the chamber.

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