SENATE COMMITTEE ON RULES

 

 

February 11, 2003†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Hearing Room 343

3:00 pm††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Tapes6 - 7

 

SENATE MEMBERS PRESENT:†††† Sen. Bev Clarno, Co-chair

††††††††††† Sen. Kate Brown, Co-chair

††††††††††† Sen. Jason Atkinson, Vice-chair

††††††††††† Sen. Ginny Burdick, Vice-chair

††††††††††† Sen. Roger Beyer

††††††††††† Sen. Tony Corcoran

 

HOUSE MEMBERS PRESENT:††††† HOUSE COMMITTEE ON RULES AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Rep. Dan Doyle, Chair

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Rep. Linda Flores, Vice-chair

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Rep. Laurie Monnes-Anderson, Vice-chair

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Rep Vic Backland

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Rep. Betsy Close

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Rep Phil Barnhart

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† Rep Joanne Verger

 

MEMBER EXCUSED:††††††††††††††††††††† Sen. Jason Atkinson

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

STAFF PRESENT:†††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† Jim Stembridge, Committee Administrator

††††††††††† Pam Cox, Committee Assistant

 

MEASURE/ISSUES HEARD:†††††††††† ††††††††††† Informational Meeting

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †† Oregon Initiative, Referendum and Recall Process

 

These minutes are in compliance with Senate and House Rules.Only text enclosed in quotation marks reports a speakerís exact words.For complete contents, please refer to the tapes.

 

TAPE/#

Speaker

Comments

TAPE 6, A

015

Chair Doyle

Opens committee meeting 3:06 p.m.Opens informational meeting.

INFORMATIONAL MEETING

Oregon Initiative Referendum and Recall Process

024

John Lindback

Secretary of State, Elections Division.Describes the Oregonís initiative and referendum processes.Submits prepared information (EXHIBITS A, B, C).

120

Chair Doyle

Asks for clarification of percentage of verification samples that become initiatives.

122

Lindback

Answers.

155

Sen. Burdick

Asks for explanation of the formula used to determine samples.

157

Lindback

Answers.

256

Sen. Corcoran

Asks what happened when the Secretary of Stateís Office dealt with fraudulent petitions.

257

Lindback

Answers.

268

Sen. Corcoran

Asks if all signatures were counted.

270

Lindback

Answers.

282

Sen. Corcoran

Asks about the process of counting signatures.

283

Lindback

Answers.

293

Sen. Corcoran

Notes the Secretary of Stateís Office has not come up with a process to handle these fraudulent signatures.

320

Lindback

Responds.

340

Chair Doyle

Notes duplicate signatures are not always fraudulent.

350

Lindback

Continues to explain fraudulent voters which are called writers.

397

Sen. Burdick

Asks if counties check actual signatures.

399

Lindback

Answers signatures are checked against voterís card.

405

Sen. Burdick

Asks for clarification between written and printed signatures.

410

Lindback

Explains verifying signatures and duplication rate.

TAPE 7, A

004

Lindback

Continues.

014

Chair Doyle

Asks about voterís active status.

015

Lindback

Comments on inactive voters.

019

Chair Doyle

Ask about active status being changed on the day of election.

026

Lindback

Notes they need to have an active status the day they signed the petition.

030

Rep. Close

Comments she believes the law was passed in last session.

039

Lynn Rosik

Assistant Attorney General.States the law referring to inactive voter signature has not changed.

044

Lindback

Continues.

059

Sen. Burdick

Comments on evidence of being inactive.

064

Lindback

Continues on inaccurate voter name transcription.

074

Rep. Close

Asks requirements for circulators of signatures.

076

Lindback

Explains and continues on fraudulent signature gathering.

129

Chair Doyle

Asks if his office has done something that has impacted the validity rate.

132

Lindback

Notes he is not sure.Continues to describe process.

204

Rep. Monnes-Anderson

Asks about voterís signature that is illegible.

208

Lindback

Answers the county verifies signatures.

224

Rep. Flores

Asks about controversy on challenging signatures and throwing out an entire sheet.

230

Lindback

Answers he does not know of that being done.Continues to explain systematic witnesses and proposed solutions.

238

Lindback

Comments about hiring paid signature gatherers.

410

Rep. Close

Asks if someone has been convicted for a double signature.

421

Lindback

Notes he does not know.

453

Co-chair Clarno

Asks about charging petitioners.

456

Lindback

Answers regarding costs.

TAPE 6, B

044

Lindback

Continues.

053

Phillip Schradle

Assistant Attorney General, Oregon Department of Justice (DOJ).Testifies on the constitutional requirements for signature gathering.

150

Schradle

Continues.

279

Sen. Brown

Asks how other states handle their ballot title process.

282

Schradle

Answers there are a variety of ways.

292

Sen. Brown

Asks of those filed what percentage are used.

298

Schradle

Estimates.

330

Rep. Close

Asks for costs.

340

Schradle

Answers fifteen hours of attorney time.

358

Rep. Verger

Asks how to receive more than one ballot title so a choice may be made on the best suited for the measure.

359

Schradle

Discusses the need to submit different ballot titles to describe different measures.

386

Rep. Verger

Asks how much of a difference.

387

Schradle

Describes similar cases.

428

Sen. Burdick

Asks how a person would reduce property taxes regarding ballot titles.

438

Schradle

Explains.

461

Co-chair Clarno

Closes informational meeting.Adjourns committee meeting at 4:24 p.m.

 

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A Ė Informational Meeting, Initiative/Referendum overview, John Lindback, 11 pp

B Ė Informational Meeting, booklet on State Initiative Petition, John Lindback, 26 pp

C Ė Informational Meeting, Verification of Initiative Petition Signatures, John Lindback,
4 pp