House Approves Rule Changes to Improve Transparency
The Oregon House of Representatives on Monday, January 14th, passed three rule changes in the interest of transparency entering the 80th Legislative Assembly.
These changes were submitted to House leadership by a bipartisan group of legislators: Rep. Paul Holvey (D-Eugene), Rep. Sherrie Sprenger (R-Scio), Rep. Barbara Smith Warner (D- Portland) and Rep. Ron Noble (R-McMinnville). The group made these recommendations after close consultation over the past month with the Chief Clerk.
“This is a positive step to bring greater transparency to the business of the House,” Holvey said.“These rule changes are in the public interest and will provide Oregonians a better understanding of which legislators and stakeholders are proposing bills in the Capitol.”
The first will require all amendments submitted to policy bills bear the name of a member or stakeholder group. Currently, committee amendments can be anonymous (8.23).
Secondly, a change will require that all committee bills bear the name of a member or stakeholder group that has requested the bill. This will apply to all bills filed with the Chief Clerk effective January 22, 2019. Currently, there is no such requirement for stakeholders to be identified on any measure introduced by a committee (12.10).
“The cumulative impact of these two rule changes will eliminate anonymous measures or amendments when originating in House policy committees,” Sprenger said. “Transparency is not a partisan issue, and I was glad to see leadership take up these changes so swiftly.”
Additionally, new rules will require at least one hour must pass during the short session before the House can act on a bill that has returned with changes from the Senate. This change (11.01) will align the House rules with the Senate rules during short sessions, allowing more time to review measures prior to voting.
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Now that you’ve voted, here’s a subject we need to delve into — Redistricting or AKA Gerrymandering.
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Please join the League of Women Voters as we tackle a big issue: gerrymandering. With the 2020 U.S census coming so is the 2021 redistricting process. Come learn about our current redistricting process, how it impacts elections here in Oregon, and what reform could look like. There will be a time for Q & A as well. This is a space to talk about how we can move forward in advocating for fair representation, competitive districts, and a system that prevents abuse. Because we believe that voters should choose their representatives, not representatives choose their voters.
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Video Now Online: Oregon House Districts #2 & #7 and Oregon Senate District #1 Candidates Fair
The Candidates Fair was held in the evening on Tuesday, Oct. 16, at the Holiday Inn Express in Roseburg, Oregon. Thank you All for attending!
Megan Salter Senate House District #2
Christy Inskip House District #7
Cedric Hayden House District #7
Shannon Souza Senate District #1
Also see The News-Review report on Oct. 17.
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The video of the League of Women Voters Candidate Forum for Roseburg City Council Wards 2 & 4 is now online. See below.
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Listen to Douglas County Commissioner candidates at the League of Women Voters’ forum.
A video recording of the Douglas County Commissioner Candidates Forum that was held on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018 at the Holiday Inn Express in Roseburg, Oregon is now available for viewing on the League’s YouTube channel.
The video is about 90 minutes long. Enjoy & be informed. Don’t forget to vote! Election Day is Nov. 6, 2018.
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