The perennial attempt to amend the Oregon Constitution’s free expression provision (Article I, section 8) to allow local governments to restrict nude dancing once again was introduced this session. HJR 42, sponsored by Rep. Scott Bruun (R-West Linn) and Sen. Richard Devlin (D-Tualatin), was given a hearing in the House Judiciary Committee. ACLU testified in opposition, objecting to any attempt to weaken the Oregon Constitution and limit Oregonians’ free speech rights. We reminded the committee that Oregonians have rejected similar ballot measures three times in the last 15 years at the ballot box. The last time was a legislative referral rejected by voters in 2000 (Measure 87). After a public hearing (and much media coverage), HJR 42 saw no further action in committee. However, on June 4 the House considered a motion to withdraw the bill from committee for an immediate vote on its merits. That vote failed on a vote of 29-27.

WIN: FAILED ON HOUSE FLOOR
House: 29-27
**Scorecard Vote - House