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Stone receives Si Se Pudo Award

OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone was presented with the Si Se Pudo Award by Causa, the largest Latino civil and human rights and advocacy organization in the Pacific Northwest, for his role in passing the driver's card bill (SB833). The awards ceremony took place at Causa's annual fundraiser, Zocalo Night Event, held in Salem on June 21 at the Willamette Heritage Center at the Mission Mill, Salem, Ore.

"It's the biggest victory in our history," said Luis Guerra, acting executive director of Causa. " The ability to drive legally is one of the greatest obstacles that our community had to face in day-to-day life. We really appreciate the support and leadership that we received from Jeff and [OAN], Bill Perry and the bill sponsors."

Also honored at the event was Bill Perry of the Oregon Restaurant and Lodging Association, as well as the eight members of Governor Kitzhaber's Task Force who sponsored the bill: Sens. Chip Shields, Arnie Roblan, Chuck Thomsen and Bill Hansell; and Reps. Jessica Vega Pederson, Chris Harker, Mark Johnson and Vic Gilliam.

Passage of the bill marked a significant victory for employers and workers in Oregon agriculture. It will allow people to get a four-year driver's card without having to prove legal presence in the country. They will still have to prove their identity and pass all the same tests required of licensed drivers.

The OAN played a leading role in the crafting of the legislation, which had broad support from business, labor, the faith community, cultural groups and law enforcement. The measure earned strong bipartisan support in both the House and the Senate.

For more information, view our previous coverage of the driver’s card bill.

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