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04.28.09 RECOGNITION BILL CRIPPLED, REPUBLICANS JOIN DEMOCRATS TO NEUTER BILL.

House Bill 2463 was driven one step closer to official death today.

This long overdue legislation did nothing more than recognize other states’ concealed handgun licenses. (You know, like we recognize other states’ drivers’ licenses.)

It was a simple bill, and to our amazement, it was supported by the Oregon State Sheriffs who have opposed it for as long as it’s been proposed.

Had it passed, Oregonians with CHL’s would have been allowed to carry in a number of other states that currently do not allow it. Visitors to Oregon would have been allowed to protect themselves without breaking the law. Seemed like a win-win.

Then the lawyers got involved.

Four members of the House Judiciary Committee decided to “fix” the bill.  Reps Jefferson Smith. Chris Garrett, Brent Barton and Judy Stiegler drafted amendments to gut the bill and essentially neuter it. They succeeded.

A bill which would have done nothing more that allow other Americans to visit our state and feel safe, turned into the Bride of Frankenstein. This was not a surprise.  What was a bit of a surprise was that there was no opposition.

The entire committee voted to turn this good and needed bill into a  colossal waste of time,guaranteed to die.

The entire committee, Republicans and Democrats, agreed to the amendments which eviscerated this bill. Not a single Republican objected to the poison pill amendments demanded by the Democrat members.

The bill has been moved to the Ways and Means Committee where it is expected to die of neglect. As it should.

At least there was no partisan bickering

House Bill 2853, which we warned you about in this alert has been shipped off to the Rules Committee. Please contact them with and urge them to oppose it.  A suggested message is in the previous alert. House Bill 2463 was driven one step closer to official death today.

This long overdue legislation did nothing more than recognize other states’ concealed handgun licenses. (You know, like we recognize other states’ drivers’ licenses.)

It was a simple bill, and to our amazement, it was supported by the Oregon State Sheriffs who have opposed it for as long as it’s been proposed.

Had it passed, Oregonians with CHL’s would have been allowed to carry in a number of other states that currently do not allow it. Visitors to Oregon would have been allowed to protect themselves without breaking the law. Seemed like a win-win.

Then the lawyers got involved.

Four members of the House Judiciary Committee decided to “fix” the bill.  Reps Jefferson Smith. Chris Garrett, Brent Barton and Judy Stiegler drafted amendments to gut the bill and essentially neuter it. They succeeded.

A bill which would have done nothing more that allow other Americans to visit our state and feel safe, turned into the Bride of Frankenstein. This was not a surprise.  What was a bit of a surprise was that there was no opposition.

The entire committee voted to turn this good and needed bill into a  colossal waste of time,guaranteed to die.

The entire committee, Republicans and Democrats, agreed to the amendments which eviscerated this bill. Not a single Republican objected to the poison pill amendments demanded by the Democrat members.

The bill has been moved to the Ways and Means Committee where it is expected to die of neglect. As it should.

At least there was no partisan bickering

House Bill 2853, which we warned you about in this alert has been shipped off to the Rules Committee. Please contact them with and urge them to oppose it.  A suggested message is in the previous alert.