Measure 101 should not even be on the ballot, let alone in a special election. In June, the Oregon House and Senate passed House Bill 2391 after it proceeded through both chambers and the governor signed it. That is what legislators are elected to do. They debate the issues, write bills and vote on them. That is called governing.
We are having a special election because three representatives did not like the final vote on House Bill 2391. Reps. Julie Parrish, Cedric Hayden, and Sal Esquivel decided to have the taxpayers of Oregon pay for a special election because they disagreed with the valid vote on House Bill 2391. How much is this costing the taxpayers? The secretary of state should tell us.
Over 160 organizations endorse a “yes” vote on Measure 101, including AARP Oregon, Kaiser Permanente, and the Oregon Medical Association. Without Measure 101, uninsured people would go back to relying on emergency rooms, which bankrupts hospitals and raises insurance premiums.
We should demand that Reps. Parrish, Hayden and Esquivel learn to work with their colleagues in the Legislature, and accept the decisions of the majority. Legislators should do their jobs, not spend taxpayer money on unnecessary elections.