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OR: A Victory in Oregon!

Oct 29, 2013  |  Permalink |   |  

Thanks to the work of grassroots supporters throughout Oregon, voters in the 2014 election will be able to vote on the issue of driver's licenses for illegal aliens.

On October 18, the Oregon Secretary of State's office announced that Veto Referendum (V.R.) 301 had enough signatures to qualify for the November 2014 ballot.

Furthermore, this victory postpones the implementation of S.B. 833 – the law signed by Gov. Kitzhaber to grant driver's licenses to illegal aliens. This spring, S.B. 833 was rushed through the state legislature and then scheduled to go into effect on January 1, 2014. 

Over the weekend, an editorial in the Oregon Statesmen-Journal recounted how the public was left out of this debate in the spring:

Looking back to 2012, when opponents to the issuance of driver's licenses to the undocumented found out about proposed legislation that would change the legal-presence requirement, they asked to participate in what was then called the Governor's Driver License Task Force. They were completely shut out.

Exclusion of public input continued even after SB 833 was introduced during the regular 2013 legislative session.

To avoid scrutiny or critiques of the legislation, pro-SB 833 legislators dominated with their own testimony during most of the time they made available for public oral testimony on the legislation. Before hearing from citizens who had signed up to speak in opposition, the Senate committee chair invited lengthy oral testimony from an alleged undocumented mother accompanied by her small child, a political ploy known as "baby waving."

It gets worse; to avoid further public scrutiny of SB 833 that might reveal possible flaws in the legislation, the senators and representatives controlling the legislative process used a tactic of moving the legislation from the Senate directly to the House floor for a debate and vote, sidestepping the normal procedure of hearings in both chambers.

Because of your help, voters now have an opportunity to decide this issue! For more information on V.R. 301 or to sign up for updates, please visit Protect Oregon Driver Licenses.