June 6-10, 2022 - Week 6
By Norman Turrill, Governance Coordinator, and Team
The House Rules Committee did not meet during the Interim Legislative Days, and the Senate Rules Committee only met to consider executive appointments. However, other governance areas had interesting developments.
Campaign Finance Reform
Because the Secretary of State disqualified its three initiative petitions on technical grounds, the Honest Elections Oregon coalition, of which the LWV of Oregon is a part, has decided to file new initiatives for the 2024 general election ballot.
Cybersecurity and Privacy
By Becky Gladstone
The Attorney General’s Consumer Privacy Task Force continues to meet, expanding, refining and updating a legislative concept for 2023 after failure to progress in 2022 with HB 4017, Data Broker Registry, despite impeccable preparation and global collaboration (League testimony).
Current points include refining away from “personally identifiable information”, or PII, to instead “data concerning consumers”, so we can “future-proof” legislation for evolving “data ecosystems”, including data generated with artificial intelligence profiling individuals, likely without their knowledge or consent.
New concerns have arisen that continue to make our Privacy and Cybersecurity position useful. In 2020, we did not foresee possible privacy intrusion for USPS delivery of abortifacients or location tracking, leading to criminal prosecution for visiting abortion clinics. This and numerous other privacy concerns make our impending Privacy and Cybersecurity concurrence proposals for the LWVUS Convention more urgent.
Geospatial Data Management Sharing
Ongoing geospatial data collaboration continues. Peggy Bengry, representing League Vote411 geospatial information needs, and Becky Gladstone, working for data sharing policy, were recruited to continue serving in newly configured state groups, to bring our technical and policy elections’ information needs to state agency discussions. We serve on an Oregon Maps Advisory Committee and an Election Administration Focus Group.
League involvement began with a need to improve GIS districting data for our Vote411 listings, at least as far back as 2013. We still hold out hope for a public portal, and a They Represent You website, to list all public agencies and elected officials that serve specific Oregon addresses, as our Vote411 lists candidate races and ballot measures. We link our Action Alerts to the Oregon Legislative Information System (OLIS), which only shows state legislators, but we yearn for the comprehensive website we actually had constructed years ago, with data sharing that will basically be self-updating by linking with intergovernmental data sharing.
The People Not Politicians coalition, in which the LWV of Oregon is a leader, has decided to discontinue with IP 34, because the discussion in the ballot title appeal by its opponents to the Oregon Supreme Court came so late in the 2022 cycle. It will instead file a nearly identical initiative for the 2024 general election ballot.