Letters to the Editor
Published Mar 7, 2014 at 12:01AM
Legislators should leave ballot title alone
Apparently, Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek, D-Portland, along with Reps. Jessica Vega-Pederson, D-Portland, and Vic Gilliam, R-Silverton, 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 put 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 — Vega-Pederson and Gilliam were original sponsors of the driver card 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 should, in all fairness to the state’s voters who 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 legislators and tell them to reject any tampering with the current ballot title, which clearly reveals the consequences of the legislation if it were to become a state law — “Provides Oregon resident ‘driver card’ without requiring proof of legal presence in the United States.”
David Olen Cross