Sen. Ferrioli: Winners of Worst 2007 Bills

From State Senator Ted Ferrioli’s office 7-23-07, announcing results from survey of the Session’s worst legislation:

WINNER:
– Extend marriage-like benefits and special legal status to same-sex couples
SECONDARY:
– The Repeal of Measure 37
RUNNER UPS
– A bill to steal gift card balances, proving there is no such thing as too deep into taxpayer pockets.
– Over one hundred new tax and fee increase prooposals.
– Efforts to repeal the voter-approved double majority requirement on tax measures.
– The bill to allow ex-prostitutes to teach in Oregon schools.
– Attempts to attack crisis pregnancy centers.
– Defining the size of pen farmers can use to raise pigs.

Thank you to all who responded to our Worst Bill of the Session survey! Over 130 admonitions filled our in-box, and it was a messy job sorting through it all. Some of you even answered our query for bad bills with the simple response, “All of them!” Like us, you found plenty over which to hold your nose.

A recurring theme surfaced in the top three vote getters, as respondents repeatedly asked the question, “Why won’t legislators listen to us?” Today we bring you the winner by votes cast, the runner-up and a few honorable mentions.

A landslide victory for Worst of the Session goes to the bill that extend marriage-like benefits and special legal status to same-sex couples. From the numerous responses we received, it is clear there is little patience for Governor Kulongoski and legislative Democrats trumping voters’ will. Voters spoke, and their wishes should be followed rather than ignored.

The runner-up for Worst of the Session goes to a bill under the same “˜will of the voters’ theme. Again, Governor Kulongoski and legislative Democrats decided they knew better than voters as they wrote their repeal of Measure 37, Oregon’s property rights measure. Readers were obviously displeased with the blind eye shown to their vote.

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  • Jerry

    It is truly sad when we have to vote on the worst bills and when we have so many to vote on.
    These politicos are all NUTS if you ask me.

  • Dan

    The civil union bill is the worst?!? Seriously?!?

    My property rights get stripped…my taxes get hiked….double-majority gets attacked, and the WORST POSSIBLE bill is civil unions (or whatever phrase is being used to describe it)?

    Ted, Ted, Ted….it sounds like you are just trying to play to an increasingly marginalized base by kvetching about a piece of legislation that, while many Republicans don’t support it, doesn’t tap our pocketbook or rob us of our property rights. If this list is any indication of how you prioritized during the 2007 session, we are going to be screwed both in the campaigns and during the 2009 session.

    • sybella

      The point isn’t whether it takes money out of our pocket or not, but the principal that we as voters said specifically that we didn’t want it and were ignored, because they know so much better what we think and what we want. Of course we ALL want the same things they do, we just don’t know it, but since they know better they’ll make sure we have it. Sucks

      Thanks Ted

  • Dan

    I agree with the principle of the matter. However, the exact same thing was done with the Measure 37 “fix”: People voted, and the D’s ignore.

    My question: In similar circumstances with a voter-approved mandate, is it accurate to say that civil unions are a bigger concern to the republican electorate than attacks on property rights?

  • Don Quiote

    I received this e-mail as well, and it was fairly clear this wasn’t Ferrioli’s ideas of the worst bills, but a result of a server he did amongst his Capitol Update readers. It is an unscientific collection of responses he received, and merely reflects where the majority of his readers are at.

  • Ted Kennedy’s Liver

    Once more the D’s overturn the will of the voters and once more they’ll be re-elected. Is it any wonder they have nothing but contempt for the electorate?

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