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Bill to remove SOS pick moves closer to House

The bill would effectively remove Secretary of State Dennis Richardson's designee from the State Board of Education.

PAMPLIN FILE PHOTO - Kim SordylA bill that would remove the secretary of state's existing designee to the State Board of Education is a step closer to a vote on the House of Representatives.

The House Education Committee — chaired by the bill's author, Rep. Margaret Doherty — approved the bill Wednesday for recommendation for passage on the House floor.

The bill is expected to head to a House floor vote next week, according to House Speaker Tina Kotek's office.

The proposal would require designees of the secretary of state and state treasurer to be full-time employees of those offices.

Supporters say the bill reforms the law to match the original legislative intent. Lawmakers said they wanted to add a representative from each the Secretary of State's Office and State Treasurer's Office to assist the board with improving curricula related to civics and financial literary.

Secretary of State Dennis Richardson's choice for designee, Kim Sordyl, violates that intent, according to the bill's supporters.

Sordyl is a parent and vocal critic from Portland Public Schools and a Democrat who helped work on Richardson's campaign.

Critics of the bill, including Rep. Julie Parrish, R-West Linn, say it's a personal and partisan attack on Richardson, who was the first Republican to be elected to a statewide office in 14 years in Oregon.