Today, August 31, 2016, Lane County faces the possibility of two lawsuits– one: if the commissioners change the current process for gathering signatures and filing for a voter initiative and, two: if commissioners don’t change the current process for gathering signatures and filing for a voter initiative. Hmm. Looks like courts will likely be involved whatever action or inaction the commissioners engage in.
Clearly, with hours of public testimony and volumes of written testimony and drafts of law suites already heard and seen, Lane County Board of Commissioners (BCC) need to take time to take a close look at the current process that allows–in fact, encourages (as it should)–voters to gather signatures and file for an initiative. But, with limited time actually spent in study of how the system works in the Lane County Charter and Code and how it fits into the system prescribed in the Oregon Constitution, now is not the time to make decisions on any changes.
Much work needs to be done, and much more public involvement in the process needs to be charted. With three current initiatives in process any fast decisions on the part of the BCC would at least have the appearance of targeting specific initiatives and not addressing the system and process.
An article in today’s Register Guard (click here) partially covers the limited debate that BCC has had.
Three initiatives are currently in process. Two lawsuits have been thrown into the melee.
Much more to come.