SB 146 Signed Into Law!

SB 146 unanimously passed the Oregon House of Representatives on June 20 and was subsequently signed by the Governor, becoming law!

This law extends the time that a so-called "minor" political party can be on the ballot when it qualifies to do so. A party will remain qualified to run candidates for four years instead of two.

The Secretary of State amended the bill after it was introduced as the result of negotiations with the Pacific Green Party and the party's candidate for Secretary of State in 2008 and 2012, Seth Woolley. The PGP and Woolley had sued the Secretary over the Elections Division's erroneous interpretation of the state's ballot access laws. The PGP and Woolley agreed to drop the pending lawsuit in exchange for the amended legislation.