The Argus Observer
Letters to the editor
Posted: Sunday, March 2, 2014 12:00 am
Legislators need to trust voters who signed referendum on driving
Apparently Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek (District 44) along with Reps. Jessica Vega-Pederson (District 47) and Vic Gilliam (District 18) don’t trust the wisdom of more than 71,000 Oregon voters statewide in 2013 who had the opportunity to read Senate Bill 833 and then sign a referendum 301 signature sheet that puts the issue of whether or not those illegally present in the state should be allowed driver cards before the state’s voters in November of this year.
Unfortunately these legislators, Reps. Vega-Pederson and Gilliam, who were original sponsors of the driver cards legislation, want to pass a law to rewrite the ballot title of referendum 301 even before the Oregon Supreme Court gets a chance to make a decision on the input given by opponents and proponents of the current ballot title.
All members of the 2014 Oregon State Legislature legislative session should in all fairness to the state’s voters that signed referendum 301 stay out of the way — they had their turn at amending the legislation during the 2013 legislative session — and let the state court have the final say on the ballot title of the referendum.
Oregonians who oppose driver cards for those illegally present in the state should contact their state senator and representative and tell them to reject any tampering, call it obfuscation, of the current ballot title which clearly reveals the consequences of the legislation if it becomes state a state law — “Provides Oregon resident ‘driver card’ without requiring proof of legal presence in the United States.”
David Olen Cross