As the state legislative session in Salem, Orgeon comes to an end, it’s time to wrap up a few things – time to shift our focus to the very local -?- (Sheriffs, County Councils, City Councils), as opposed to the somewhat remote (Salem). This means that for the next several months, the focus of activism in Oregon needs to be on the local. This is not to say that we’re giving up on Salem, on the contrary, any local successes we have will feed into the momentum towards nullifications at the state level!
As kind of an end-of-session wrap up, I’d like to just recap what has been accomplished here in Oregon:
The Drone bill
HB2710 and SB71 both passed their respective houses of the legislature – unfortunately, they were not signed into law, but at the next full session, they will be more likely to pass. These are bills that would extend the normal requirements for a mandatory warrant for the Federal Gov’s surveillance performed with a drone, as well as place controls upon federal drones in the state of Oregon. Hopefully, in 2015, it will get further, but just having it passed in both houses shows that there is enough courage to defy the feds, as well as respect for privacy rights here in Oregon.
The Pot bill
HB3371 was introduced in the House, and even got through committee. It was referred to revenue, and there it died. However, I think the bill will be back and will have more success in 2015; this is, after all, Oregon- and if there is one thing ‘we’ don’t like being last in line for, it’s pot. Washington has legalized it, and so has Colorado. Please understand, I am not condoning pot use, I am simply backing this measure because it is not a federal issue. Although I do not believe in prohibition, or government in control of consumption in any way (and of course I counsel my children against it), If there is to be prohibition laws, the legal way to accommodate these is at the state level (or through a constitutional amendment). This bill would have legalized pot use, and treated it as it does alcohol (although it added an awful lot of layers of regulation). I am still hoping for a pot bill that will not erect enormous amounts of government, but maybe we are not to that stage yet.Details