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Coalition seeks to protect driver card law

Opponents of Senate Bill 833, a bipartisan law passed by the Oregon Legislature in 2013 that allows the issuance of driver cards to Oregonians who pass a driver’s test and provide proof of state residency, have submitted signatures to the Secretary of State’s office in an effort to repeal the law.

The Oregon Safe Roads Coalition, made up of leaders from the business, law enforcement and faith communities, have expressed disappointment in SB833 opponents’ attempt to repeal the law.

“Oregon needs SB833 because all drivers need to be able to take a driver test and know the rules of the road,” said Ron Louie, former chief of the Hillsboro Police Department. “A referral of this measure to the ballot means that implementation of the law will be delayed, stalling a common sense measure that makes Oregon a safer place to live.”

A private-industry voice also weighed in to the matter.

“We are disappointed that a small but vocal minority has prevented this public safety measure from taking effect,” added Jeff Stone, executive director of the Oregon Association of Nurseries.

Although opponents to the new law contend they have enough signatures to qualify for the November 2014 ballot, those signatures must now be reviewed by the Oregon Secretary of State for validity.

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