Courtney Kills NVP Again
The National Popular Vote bill, which would have done an end run on the Electoral College and made our national election decided by popular vote, is dead in the Oregon Legislature effective July 6, 2017.
Senate President Peter Courtney, a Democrat, and Senate Majority Leader Ginny Burdick, who represents part of westernmost Clackamas County, announced the death of HB 2927 in a quietly happy moment for Courtney, of West Salem. Continue reading
By Peter Toll
It would appear the National Popular Vote bill, once thought dead in the Oregon Legislature, has come back to life. House Bill 2927, which would have Oregon sidestepping the Electoral College if certain things occur nationally, recently got a ‘do pass’ recommendation from the House Rules Committee. A full House vote and then off to the Senate are imminent.
Therein lies the rub. Senate President Peter Courtney has done his own little pocket veto of the legislation in three prior sessions. After passing the House, Courtney wouldn’t let it even have a hearing in the Senate, where it would thus die a dishonorable death without seeing the light of day there. Continue reading
On Thursday Feb. 16, the Clackamas County Democratic Party Central Committee approved the attached resolution, which supports Representative Brian Clem’s bill HB 2731: “Enacts Interstate Compact for Agreement Among the States to Elect the President by National Popular Vote.”
You can track the progress of HB 2731 here.