For decades, Oregon’s initiative and referendum process have provided citizens the opportunity to challenge or determine the future of a law passed by their elected lawmakers.
When legislators pass a bill, the people have a window of time in which they can collect a set amount of signatures to refer the law to a vote. Then the citizens, not the politicians, decide if the law is a good fit or not.
In recent years, it seems that process has come under increasing fire, and one current development is particularly troubling.
During the 2013 legislative session, lawmakers...