Brown to sign campaign, voting bills Friday
Gov. Kate Brown is planning to cap a key goal of the 2019 session when she signs three campaign finance and voting-related bills on Friday:
SB 861: Requires prepaid postage on ballots — voters will no longer have to buy a stamp to mail their ballots.
HB 2716: Requires communication — such as a mailer or TV ad — for or against a candidate to disclose the person who paid for the communication.
HB 2983: Requires disclosure of some donors to "dark money" groups.
Brown will sign the bills Friday afternoon at the Bus Project, which aims to engage young voters, in Portland.
The governor made a pledge to support campaign finance reform last year, in the run-up to the election, which she won in November.
Independent Patrick Starnes — who ran on a campaign finance reform platform — dropped out of the race after getting a pledge from Brown that she would champion campaign finance reform if elected.
Brown will be joined by Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, Sen. Jeff Merkley, and Sen. Ron Wyden, all Democrats representing Oregon on Capitol Hill.
Oregon representatives and senators in Congress are trying to bring Oregon's progressive voting policies to the federal level by making universal vote-by-mail a national policy and the "For The People Act," which would make a slew of changes to federal elections and campaign laws.