Update - Move to Amend in Oregon's Legislature, 2015 & 2016 Sessions

Oregon State Capital Building, Salem
June 29, 2016

Oregon MTA in the 2016 Oregon Legislative Session

The 2016 legislative session was a very limited one, particularly in the amount of time available. Republican Representative Huffman championed the compromise legislative concept (discussed below) which became bill, HJM 201. Democrats Hoyle and Clem joined Huffman as chief sponsors along with 34 legislators as co-sponsors (both Democrats and Republicans). It was again assigned to and discussed in the House Rules Committee and again opposed by Speaker Kotek. On the last day of the session the Republicans in the House introduced a motion to bring HJM 201 to the floor for a vote, bypassing the Rules Committee's inaction. This motion failed in a 30:30 tie that included all the Republicans and, surprisingly, only 5 Democrats voting in favor of allowing a vote on HJM 201.

Oregon MTA in the 2015 Oregon Legislative Session

In 2015 two bills were sent to the House Rules Committee....

Both called for an Article V Constitutional Convention related to elections. The one sponsored by six Oregon affiliates of Move to Amend (OR-MTA) called for a single amendment stipulating that corporations are not people and money is not speech. The bill sponsored by Wolf PAC called for new amendments to create "free and fair elections," wording which OR-MTA believed was not specific enough and could result in more than one amendment being proposed.

OR-MTA, along with some legislators, urged Wolf PAC to work on creating a compromise bill, but Wolf PAC was unwilling to do so for many months, until it was very clear that neither bill was going to get out of the Rules Committee. Finally, the two groups agreed on compromise language that the Legislative Council made into a "legislative concept".  All this was complicated by the belief on the part of many legislators, including the democratic House Speaker, Tina Kotek, that an Article V convention would be dangerous. Both bills and their compromise, legislative concept died as no additional hearings were held in the Rules Committee by the end of this session.



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