Oregon Secretary of State Bev Clarno has rejected a proposed petition to repeal House Bill (HB) 2015, also known as the Equal Access to Roads Act, according to a release by the state. Clarno announced Initiative Petition (IP) 43 does not meet the requirements of the Oregon Constitution, which states a petition must include the full text of the proposed law that it seeks to change.
A report by Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB) states Mark Callahan, a chief petitioner of IP 43, disputes the decision and claims the proposal was not submitted to create a new law, but to eliminate one. “If we are NOT ‘proposing’ a law, there is not full text of a law to submit,” Callahan said.
The petitioners have the opportunity to refile their proposal. “It is my sincere hope that the proponents of this ballot measure will take my ruling as an opportunity to improve their proposal.” Clarno said. “I will always support the presentation of ballot measures that meet constitutional requirements.” As it stands, the law remains on the books.
HB 2015 was signed into law in August by Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, and was the top legislative priority for the OAN. Starting in 2021, the law will allow drivers to obtain a simple driver’s license if they can prove their identity, Oregon residency and driving skills. It will help undocumented workers receive a license no matter their immigration status.