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Submitted by info on Tue, 07/14/2015 - 17:18
The Oregon Progressive Party is taking stands at the Oregon Legislature.
As bills are scheduled for committee hearing, we take our positions. The Oregon Legislature's committees will not accept the submittal of testimony, until a bill is scheduled for committee hearing. That requires any interested person to keep track of the schedules for dozens of committees. This is not a good way to encourage public participation.
You can learn about these bills at the website of the Legislature. Go to https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2015R1 and click on Bills in the upper right area. You can add your comments about these bills below. You can click on OPP's Legislative Group to join it.
You can read our testimonies at Progressive Party Testimonies.
The table below shows bills we supported or opposed. Bold means that the Legislature passed the bill, and the Governor signed it.
On the whole, the 2015 Legislature did nothing of signficance that we supported. The 15 enacted bills we supported were not very consequential.
|We Supported||We Opposed|
Submitted by info on Thu, 06/18/2015 - 14:36
On June 17, these 3 bills were "withdrawn" directly to the floor of the Oregon Senate by their Republican sponsors. All were then rejected on straight party-line 18-12 votes, with all Democrats voting against them.
SB 940 makes “vote trading” illegal for legislators, ensuring they put their constituents first and not vote based on future promises of campaign contributions.
SB 853 places high-ranking agency and elected officials under oath when testifying before the Legislature. This is the ordinary procedure in the U.S. Congress.
- SB 852 makes submitting false information in a candidate voters’ pamphlet statement illegal.
Submitted by info on Tue, 06/16/2015 - 01:12
Welcome to "ethics reform," Oregon style.
Yesterday the Oregon House of Representatives rejected 5 reasonable ethics reform bills proposed by Julie Parrish (R). All 5 bills were supported by the Oregon Progressive Party, and 4 were supported by the Independent Party of Oregon. On the floor of the House, all Republicans voted in favor of all 5 bills. All but a couple of Democrats voted against all 5 bills.
The Democrats, in control of both houses, refused to allow any of the bills to go to the floors for votes. So Republicans used the "withdrawal" procedure to withdraw the bills from committee and put them on the floor for immediate vote, without debate. This is similar to the "discharge petition" process in the U.S. Congress.
Here are the rejected bills:
HB 3331 authorizes the Legislative Assembly to appoint an independent counsel by joint resolutions (Failed 27-33)
HB 2790 requires that statements made by certain witnesses to a committee of the Legislative Assembly be made under oath and therefore subject to crime of false swearing (Failed 26-34)
HB 2791 includes false statements made to legislative committees by certain persons in crime of unsworn falsification (Failed 27-33)
HB 3505 requires public bodies to establish public records retention schedules that require a minimum three-year retention of public records (Failed 27-33)
- HB 3043 provides that upon being sworn into office, or for other stated reasons, the Governor shall file declaration with the Oregon Government Ethics Commission declaring identity of First Spouse and identifying official policy-making or agenda-setting duties of First Spouse, if any (Failed 28-32)