Driver Licenses

Opposition Testimony on SB 833; Senate Committee on Business and Transportation Hearing, April 11, 2013

The individual testimonies are posted online as pdf documents. They can be accessed through this webpage:, which lists the testifiers in alphabetical order, or through this page,,which doesn’t alphabetize those listed but includes 2 names not in the other list.

Following is a list of persons who gave opposition testimony either in person or by written documents sent to the Committee. To read these testimonies, click on the links below, or visit the webpages linked above and click on the icon in left column beside the individual entry.

Crino, Art, Exhibit 17

Cross, David, Salem, Exhibit 9, Exhibit 10, Exhibit 11

Dane, Peter, Salem, Exhibit 19

DeCourcey, David & Christy, Bend, Exhibit 33

Dysinger, Janice, Exhibit 34

Edwards, K., Oregon Citizens Lobby, Exhibit 49

Eidem, Mike, Aloha, Exhibit 16

Fox, Todd, Exhibit 36

Hallgrimson, Daryl and Brenda, Exhibit 21

Hubbard, Jim, Wallowa County, Exhibit 3

Johnson, Dale, Salem, Exhibit 15

Kendoll, Cynthia, Salem, Exhibit 6

Ludwick, Jim, McMinnville, Exhibit 8

Mawhinney, Amber, student at OSU, Exhibit 22

Morgan, Catherine, NOLA Neighborhood Association, Exhibit 45

Morrise, Judy, Exhibit 60

Morrongiello, Gabriella, student at OSU, Exhibit 7

Nash, Don, Lake Oswego, Exhibit 18

O’Brien, Lois, Portland, Exhibit 27

Oregon State Sheriffs Association, by Darrell Fuller (testimony is neutral but points out weaknesses in the bill) – Exhibit 37

Poole, Don, Salem, Exhibit 25

Rowe, Kim, Corvallis, Exhibit 4

Teuscher, Sheryl, Rainier, Exhibit 55

Torres, Maureen, Exhibit 56

Van Staaveren, Elizabeth, McMinnville, Exhibit 58






Oregon Legislators Opposing SB 833 - Floor Actions

On April 23, 2013, when SB 833 came to the Senate floor for consideration and final vote, these Senators voted NO on SB 833: Sen. Betsy Close (R-8), Sen. Fred Girod (R-9), Sen. Tim Knopp (R-27), Sen. Jeff Kruse (R-1), Sen. Alan Olsen (R-20), Sen. Bruce Starr (R-15), Sen. Doug Whitsett (R-28).   There were no opposition speeches during the Senate’s consideration of SB 833.
On April 30, 2013, when SB 833 came before the House for consideration and final vote, these Representatives stood up on the House floor and spoke against the bill:  Rep. Dennis Richardson (R-4), Rep. Kim Thatcher (R-25), Rep. Mike McLane (R-55), Rep. Sal Esquivel (R-6), Rep. Tim Freeman (R-2), Rep. Jason Conger (R-54), and Rep. Jim Weidner (R-24).  Also, Rep. Bill Kennemer (R-39) questioned language in the bill, pointing out the need for clarification of identification requirements in SB 833 as related to the requirements in the I-9 form.
The discussion and debate on SB 833 lasted a little over one hour before the final vote was held.  These Representatives voted NO on SB 833:  Rep. Cliff Bentz (R-60), Rep. Vicki Berger (R-20), Rep. Kevin Cameron (R-19), Rep. Jason Conger (R-54), Rep. Sal Esquivel (R-6), Rep. Tim Freeman (R-2), Rep. Wally Hicks (R-3), Rep. John Huffman (R-59), Rep. Bill Kennemer (R-39), Rep. Wayne Krieger (R-1), Rep. Mike McLane (R-55), Rep. Andy Olson (R-15), Rep. Julie Parrish (R-37), Rep. Dennis Richardson (R-4), Rep. Sherrie Sprenger (R-17), Rep. Kim Thatcher (R-25), Rep. Jim Thompson (R-23), Rep. Jim Weidner (R-24), Rep. Gene Whisnant (R-53), Rep. Gail Whitsett (R-56).
Floor discussion and speeches are recorded and available in various forms.  CD’s (audio) can be purchased for $5 each through Legislative Committee Services at 503-986-1813.  You can specify a bill number of interest.   Video copies are available for purchase in DVD format through Legislative Media at 503-986-1195.  Video copies are $10 each and can be supplied by bill number also.
Audiotapes are available through the Oregon Legislative Information System (OLIS).  They can be downloaded for listening online at no cost.  See directions at  The audio files are in Real Media format, a free computer program that is needed to access the files.  It can be downloaded at:
The official legislative history of SB 833 can be viewed at:   Click on Measure History and note the + symbols which indicate additional information linked from there.
The Oregonian newspaper’s website at  includes legislative histories which show the party affiliation of each legislator voting.  

Oregon Legislators Opposing SB 833 - Written Statements

Cameron, Sen. Kevin.   Results from last weeks newsletters survey question [Do you support Oregon state drivers licenses for undocumented immigrants (SB 833); No, 85%]     In his newsletter, April 11, 2013.
_________________.  2013 post legislative survey; total of 389 responses.  In his newsletter, Sept. 5, 2013.
Includes this question: 5. Do you believe giving drivers’ licenses to undocumented aliens is good public policy?      21.3% Y; 78.7% N
Esquivel, Rep. Sal.    Another difficult task:  driver's license for illegals; one man's view.     In his News from Salem, March 21, 2013.
_______________.  Another difficult task - continued; driver’s license for illegals.   In his News from Salem, April 4, 2013.
____________.    Don’t thwart the rule of law.   April 5, 2013.
______________.  Another difficult task – continued; driver’s license for illegals.    In his News from Salem, April 11, 2013.
____________.     Rep. Esquivel speaks out against drivers licenses for illegals.   Press release, April 30, 2013.
Contains link to a YouTube video of his remarks on passage of SB 833.
Also in his News from Salem, April 30, 2013.
____________.    Put illegal-immigrant 'driver cards' before voters.  Op-ed in Medford Mail-Tribune, July 21, 2013.
Kruse, Sen. Jeff.    Oregon legislative update, April 21, 2013.
Olson, Sen. Alan.  Legislative update, May 2013. 
    Includes statement of results of his request for constituent opinion on SB 833:  
“…We received numerous responses, the vast majority being opposed to SB 833. Although Rep. Olson can see both sides to this issue, he voted against the bill. …”
Richardson, Rep. Dennis.   Rep. Richardson's Newsletter, April 26, 2013:  Drivers' Cards for Illegal Immigrants?
Requests views of constituents.
___________________.    New law - driver card for illegal immigrants.    His newsletter, May 2, 2013.
Thatcher, Rep. Kim.    Granting driver's licenses to illegal immigrants sends the wrong message: Guest opinion  in The Oregonian, April 24, 2013.
Also available as a press release on her website:
_______________.    Driver licenses don’t fix bigger problem;  Guest opinion  in Statesman Journal,  May 12, 2013.    
Also available as a press release on her website:
______________.    New driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants: Documenting the undocumented.   Guest opinion in The Newberg Graphic, May 14, 2013.
Also available as a press release on her website.
______________.    Rep Thatcher introduces priority bill to track impacts of new driver cards for illegal immigrants.    Press release, May 21, 2013.
This is a pdf document accessible from the list of her press releases at:
Whisnant. Rep. Gene.    House passes "driver card" bill for undocumented residents; bill is described by advocates as a public safety measure.   Press release, April 30, 2013.
Whitsett, Rep. Gail.   Why I voted NO on driver’s licenses for illegals.    In Oregon Catalyst, May 1, 2013.
Also in her Legislative update,  April 30, 2013.

Tally of legislators who voted YES on SB 833

Following is an alphabetical list of the names of the Oregon legislators who voted for SB 833, the bill to give driver cards to illegal aliens.  Numbers after the names are the numbers of their legislative districts. The list includes notations on the current status of the legislator.  Most are running for reelection in Nov. 2014, but some are not.
Those with an asterisk (*) beside the name are running for reelection in November 2014.  State Senators have 4-year terms; about half of the Senate seats will not be up for election/reelection until November 2016.
Democratic Party Senators who voted for SB 833:
Bates, Alan* (SD 3)
Beyer, Lee* (SD 6)
Burdick, Ginny (SD 18)
Courtney, Peter* (SD 11)
Devlin, Richard* (SD 19)
Dingfelder, Jackie (SD 23)
Edwards, Chris* (SD 7)
Hass, Mark (SD 14)
Monnes Anderson, Laurie (SD 25)
Monroe, Rod* (SD 24)
Prozanski, Floyd* (SD 4)
Roblan, Arnie (SD5), sponsor of SB 833
Rosenbaum, Diane (SD 21)
Steiner Hayward, Elizabeth* (SD 17)
Democratic Party Senators not voting:  
Johnson, Betsy (SD 18) – Excused
Shields, Chip (SD 22) – Excused.  He was a sponsor of SB 833, also served as legislative liaison to Oregon Commission on Hispanic Affairs.  
Republican Party Senators who voted for SB 833:
Baertschiger Jr., Herman (SD 2)
Boquist, Brain (SD 12)
Ferrioli, Ted (SD 30)
George, Larry (SD 13)
Hansell, Bill (SD 29), sponsor of SB 833
Thomsen, Chuck* (SD 26), sponsor of SB 833.
Republican Party Senator not voting:
Winters, Jackie* (SD 10) – Excused
Representatives serve 2-year terms.  All of the representatives listed below are running for reelection in November 2014 except as noted.
Democratic Representatives who voted for SB 833:
Bailey, Jules (HD 42).  Bailey is not running for reelection.
Barker, Jeff (HD 28)
Barnhart, Phil (HD 11)
Barton, Brent (HD 40)
Boone, Deborah (HD 32)
Buckley, Peter (HD 5)
Clem, Brian (HD 21)
Dembrow, Michael (HD 45).  Dembrow was appointed Senator and is now running unopposed for reelection to Senate District 23 in Nov. 2014
Doherty, Margaret (HD 35)
Fagan, Shemia (HD 51)
Fredrick, Lew (HD 43)
Gallegos, Joe (HD 30)
Garrett, Chris (HD 38)  Garrett is not running for reelection.
Gelser, Sara (HD 16).  Gelser is running for election as State Senator, SD 8, in Nov. 2014
Gomberg, David (HD 10)
Gorsek, Chris (HD 49)
Greenlick, Mitch (HD 33)
Harker, Chris (HD 34), sponsor of SB 833, legislative liaison to Oregon Commission on Hispanic Affairs.  Harker is not running for reelection in Nov. 2014.
Holvey, Paul (HD 8)
Hoyle, Val (HD 14)
KenyGuyer, Alissa (HD 46)
Komp, Betty (HD 22)
Kotek, Tina (HD 44)
Matthews, Greg (HD 50).  Matthews is not running for reelection in Nov. 2014.
McKeown, Caddy (HD 9)
Nathanson, Nancy (HD 13)
Read, Tobias (HD 27)
Reardon, Jeff (HD 48)
Tomei, Carolyn (HD 41).  Tomei is not running for reelection.
Unger, Ben (HD 29).  Unger is not running for reelection.
Vega Pederson, Jessica (HD 47), sponsor of SB 833
Williamson, Jennifer (HD 36)
Witt, Brad (HD 31)
Democratic Party Representative not voting:
John Lively (HD 12) – Excused
Republican Party Representatives who voted for SB 833:
Davis, John (HD 26)
Gilliam, Vic (HD 18), sponsor of SB 833
Johnson, Mark (HD 52), sponsor of SB 833
Jenson, Bob (HD 58).  Jenson is not running for reelection.
Smith, Greg (HD 57)
Republican Party Representative not voting:
Bruce Hanna (HD 7 ) - Excused.  Hanna is not running for reelection.