Thursday, March 14, 2019

Update on 2019 Elections & Campaign Legislation in Oregon



Campaign Finance Reform

SB 1014 - Introduced Mar. 4, pending in Senate Committee on Campaign Finance - Establishes Small Donor Elections Program to enable candidates for office of state Representative and state Senator to receive 6-to-1 match on small dollar donations. Limits matching funds. Takes effect on 91st day following adjournment sine die.


HB 2714 – In Ways and Means Committee -  establishes a campaign reform task force

HB 2708 – In House Rules Committee - Requires statement of economic interest to include certain information about sources of income for business in which public official or candidate, or member of household of public official or candidate, is officer or holds directorship if source of income has legislative or administrative interest and 10 percent or more of total gross annual income of business comes from that source of income.


HB 2709 – Public hearing 3/18 scheduled in House Rules Committee

Amends definition of "communication in support of or in opposition to a clearly identified candidate or measure" with respect to independent expenditures to explicitly adopt federal reasonable person standard. Lowers threshold for required filing of statement of independent expenditures to $250 per calendar year and requires statement to be filed within seven days after expenditure is made. Increases penalties from 10 percent to, depending on amount of contribution or expenditure, 20 percent or 40 percent of total amount of contribution or expenditure for failure to file required statements or certificates, for failure to include required information in statements or certificates, for incorrectly identifying expenditure as independent expenditure and for failing to timely file accurate statements for in-kind contributions. Requires person making independent expenditures of more than $250 in calendar year to maintain detailed accounts that are current not later than seven days after triggering required report. Requires account records to be kept for at least two years.

HB 2710 - In House Rules Committee - Requires that examinations occur four times per calendar year and determine whether committee accurately and timely complied with filing requirements during three months immediately preceding examination. Permits Secretary of State or Attorney General, upon reasonable suspicion of violation, to examine accounts of person, political committee or petition committee being investigated as result of elector filing complaint alleging violation of election law or rule. Permits Attorney General, during investigation of election complaint, to issue subpoena to compel production of relevant documents or information.

HB 2712 - In House Rules Committee - Prohibits candidate or principal campaign committee of candidate from expending campaign moneys for professional services rendered by certain businesses required to be listed on candidate's statement of economic interest. 
Creates exceptions.


HB 2595 – Passed House by 43-16 vote; pending in Sen. Rules Committee - Alters period during which former member of Legislative Assembly is prohibited from being paid lobbyist from sine die of next regular session that begins after person ceases to be member to one year after person ceases to be member.

HB 2277 - Public hearing held in House Rules Committee on Feb. 11- Revises and clarifies circumstances in which individuals, including public officials and elected public officials, must register with Oregon Government Ethics Commission and file lobbyist registration statement. 
Specifically exempts individuals who are not lobbyists and who meet with legislator in personal capacity from requirement to register or file statement.

HB 2278 - In House Rules Committee -  Includes within definition of "political committee" combination of two or more individuals, or person other than individual, that received contribution or made expenditure for purpose of supporting or opposing initiative petition, recall petition or referendum petition. 
Takes effect on 91st day following adjournment sine die.


SB 115 - In Senate Rules Committee - Directs Secretary of State to conduct evaluation on whether relevant sections in chapter 756, Oregon Laws 2013, improved transparency in campaign finance reporting and whether additional legislation is necessary. 
Requires secretary to submit report detailing recommendations by September 15, 2020. Sunsets January 2, 2023.

SB 478 - Public hearing held in Senate Committee on Workforce on Feb. 28 - Prohibits campaign moneys and public moneys from being used to make payments in connection with nondisclosure agreement relating to harassment in workplace. Prohibits public official or candidate from using moneys received from third parties to make payments in connection with nondisclosure agreement relating to harassment in workplace, if alleged harassment occurred when public official or candidate was acting as public official or candidate. Declares emergency, effective on passage.


SJR 13 - In Senate Committee on Campaign Finance - Proposes amendment to Oregon Constitution to permit Legislative Assembly, or people through initiative process, to enact laws regulating use of moneys in political campaigns including by limiting contributions made in connection with political campaigns. Provides that amendment to Constitution applies only to laws enacted on or after December 3, 2020. Refers proposed amendment to people for their approval or rejection at next regular general election.



Postage paid ballots

SB 5507 Sec. 8 - OR postage paid ballots – Assigned to Subcommittee on Capital Construction

Redistricting/Gerrymandering

SJR 8 - In Senate Rules Committee - Proposes amendment to Oregon Constitution establishing Redistricting Commission to adopt reapportionment plans for Senate, House of Representatives and United States Congress. 
Proposes amendment to Oregon Constitution establishing Redistricting Commission to adopt reapportionment plans for Senate, House of Representatives and United States Congress. Refers proposed amendment to people for their approval or rejection at special election held on date of next primary election.

SJR 11 - In Senate Rules Committee - Proposes amendment to Oregon Constitution establishing independent redistricting commission to adopt redistricting plans for Senate, House of Representatives and United States Congress. Refers proposed amendment to people for their approval or rejection at special election held on same date as next primary election.


Transparency

HB 2234 - Public hearing held in House Rules Committee on Feb. 18 -  Establishes centralized candidate filing system to permit candidates for public office in county, city or district to file for nomination or election by using electronic filing system adopted by Secretary of State.


Promote informed voting

HB 2713-  In House Rules Committee - Requires Secretary of State or county clerk, rather
than filer, to designate argument filed for publication in voters' pamphlet as either
supporting or opposing ballot measure.

HB 2716 - Public hearing held in Rules Committee on 3/13 - Requires communications made in support of or opposition to candidate or measure to identify whether candidate, petition committee or political committee authorized communication. 
Takes effect only if House Joint Resolution 13 (2019) is approved by people at regular general election held in November 2020. Takes effect on effective date of constitutional amendment proposed in House Joint Resolution 13 (2019).


HB 2685 - Public hearing held in House Rules Committee on Feb. 18 - Requires person who files to run for public office to provide campaign phone number and campaign electronic mail address. Except for de minimis personal use, requires phone number and electronic mail address to be used exclusively for purpose of supporting person's candidacy.


HB 2513 - In House Rules Committee - Requires residential landlords to provide voter registration card to new tenants. 
Requires buyers' real estate licensees to provide voter registration card to home buyers. Takes effect on 91st day following adjournment sine die.


HB 2343 - In House Human Services and Housing Committee - Allows political canvassing by manufactured dwelling or floating home facility tenants.

Undermining law

HB 2259 - In Joint Committee on Information Management and Technology - Removes requirement for Oregon transparency website to include links to administrative rules on state agency websites in addition to link to Secretary of State's website. 
Takes effect on 91st day following adjournment sine die.

HB 2260 - In joint Committee on Information Management and Technology - Modifies list of entities for which links must be provided on Oregon transparency website. 
Clarifies duties of State Chief Information Officer. Grants State Chief Information Officer authority to adopt rules necessary for administration of Oregon transparency website.


Registering more young people

HB 2707 - In House Rules Committee - Permits person who will be 17 years old on date of primary election and 18 years old on date of general election to vote at primary election for candidates of major political party with which person is affiliated if major political party has adopted rule to this effect. 


HB 2513 - In House Rules Committee - Requires residential landlords to provide voter registration card to new tenants. Requires buyers' real estate licensees to provide voter registration card to home buyers. Takes effect on 91st day following adjournment sine die.


Monday, February 25, 2019

ACTION ALERT: NATIONAL POPULAR VOTE


The National Popular Vote bill would guarantee the Presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. 

This legislation has passed the Oregon House 4 times previously, is being re-introduced today with an unprecedented 42 sponsors, and is likely to finally get a vote in the Senate this year.  So, please
By the way - have you heard the exciting news? In Colorado, the legislature has passed the bill and sent it to Governor Polis (who has said he would sign it).  In New Mexico, the bill has passed the House and is in a Senate committee.  Hearings will be held this week in Maine and Nevada.  Bills are pending in 20 other states.  With the help of people like you, we will change how the President is elected. 

Monday, January 28, 2019

WANTED: Candidates with Progressive Values to Run in May 2019 Clatsop County Elections

DATES for MAY 21, 2019 ELECTION
• February 9 – first day to file for office
• March 21 – last day for filing for office or withdrawing candidacy
• March 25 – last day to file statement for county voters’ pamphlet
• April 30 – last day to register to vote

Office
Position Open
Director, Clatsop Community College
1,3,5,6,7
Director, Administative School District #10 (Seaside)
Zone 1-1, 4-2, 5-1
Director, Astoria School District
2,3,5
Director, Jewel School District
1,3,5
Director, Knappa School District
1,2
Director, Warrenton-Hammond School District
1,2,5,7
Commissioner, Port of Astoria
3,4
Director, Clatsop Care Health District
4,5,6,7
Director, Union Health District
1,2,4
Director, Cannon Beach RFPD
1,2,5
Director, Elsie-Vine RFPD
1,4,5
Director, Gearhart RFPD
1,2,3
Director, Hamlet RFPD
1,2,3
Director, John Day- Fernhill RFPD
1,2,3
Director, Knappa-Svensen-Burnside RFPD
1,2
Director, Lewis & Clark RFPD
3,4,5
Director, Mist-Birkenfeld RFPD
1,2,4
Director, Olney-Walluski Fire & Rescue
1,4,5
Director, Seaside RFPD
4,5
Director, Warrenton RFPD
1,3,4
Director, Westport-Wauna RFPD
2,4,5
Director, Sunset Empire Park & Rec
4,5
Director, Arch Cape Domestic Water Supply District
1,5
Commissioner, Falcon-Cove Beach Water District
2,4,5
Commissioner, John Day Water District
Between 1 & 5 positions
Commissioner, Skipanon Water Control District
2,5
Commissioner, Wauna Water District
1,2,3,5
Commissioner, Wickiup Water District
1,2,4
Commissioner, Willowdale Water District
1,2,4
Commissioner, Youngs River Lewis & Clark Water District
1,4
Director, Arch Cape Sanitary District
4,5
Director, Miles Crossing Sanitary District
1,2,3
Director, Shoreline Sanitary District
3
Director, Sundown Sanitary District
2,3
Member, Clatsop Rural Law Enforcement
3,4,5
Director, Sunset Empire Transportation District
1,5,6,7



Clatsop County Elections Office
503-325-8605
820 Exchange, Ste. 200, Astoria

For qualifications and boundary and district maps, go to https://www.co.clatsop.or.us/clerk/page/elections


Contact Administrative (Seaside) District for eligibility information - (503) 738-5591
Contact Astoria School District for eligibility information (503) 325-6441
Contact Jewell School District for eligibility information – 503-755-2451
Contact Knappa School District for eligibility information – 503-458-5993
Contact Warrenton-Hammond School District for eligibility information – 503-861-2281

The Port of Astoria serves and benefits all of Clatsop County. Candidate must be a registered voter in the port district. More information at 503-741-3300

For the Clatsop Care Health District - must be a registered voter in the district (4 year term). More information at 503-325-4376 x210.

For the Union Health District - must be a registered voter in the district (4 year term). More information at 503-325-5102

Call the individual rural fire protection and other special districts for eligibility information.

For the Sunset Empire Transportation District, call 503-861-5399 for eligibility information.

For Clatsop Rural Law Enforcement, candidate must reside in the zone for the position. For zone information call 503-325-8635









Thursday, January 3, 2019

Senator Merkley's "We the People" Blueprint for Democracy

Senator Merkley has released his new report "A Blueprint for our 'We the People' Democracy."    It includes National Popular Vote (NPV), measures to end gerrymandering, restoration of the Voting Rights Act, a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United, and more. 

Find the full report here.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

The Problem of Gerrymandering

Gerrymandering gives unfair advantage to whichever party is in power when the district lines are drawn. But there are ways to stop it. Read more here.