Watch yesterday’s Damascus Euthanasia bill committee hearing in Salem HERE
The SB226 portion starts 1hour 19 minutes in. At 1:24 our Mayor, Jim De Young, gives a valuable and heartfelt testimony.
NOTE: The bill was what is commonly called a “Gut and Stuff” where they took an unrelated bill, erased all the language, then replaced it with something new. So if you are seeing testimony for a campaign finance reform proposal (which was killed for this short notice Damascus Euthanasia bill) that’s why.
According to state law, a vote to disincorporate requires a majority of all registered voters within the city limits show up to the polls. The court ruled the measure should have been nullified because voter turnout was less than half of registered voters.
James De Young, who is now serving as mayor of Damascus, led the effort in court to resurrect the city. That process took three years. If the amendment to SB 226 successfully makes it all the way to Governor Kate Brown’s desk, Damascus officials expect another long court battle.
Both De Young and Carson drove to Salem to testify against the amendment.
“We have not seen this kind of intentional and systematic destruction of a city in Oregon since the halcyon days of the Rajneesh,” wrote Carson in a letter to the Oregon Senate and House of Representatives.