Oregon Constitution – Governor’s Veto Power

The Oregon Constitution grants the Governor line-item veto power in certain instances. The Governor has the power to veto single items in budget bills and in any bill with an emergency clause. Such line item, or single issue, veto does not affect other provisions of the bill. This sometimes explains why a bill has an emergency clause when it doesn’t appear to need to go into force so quickly.

The Oregon Constitution was approved by a vote of the people on November 9th 1857. This was two years before Oregon was admitted into the Union of the United State as a state on February 14th 1859. Therefore the Constitution went into effect on February 14th 1859, two years after it was adopted by people living in the Oregon Territory.





Oregon Women’s Suffrage

In 1912, Oregon became the seventh U.S. state to permit women to vote. The amendment to the Oregon Constitution, passed by ballot initiative, was largely the result of decades of advocacy by Abigail Scott Duniway, who founded a weekly newspaper, The New Northwest, in part to promote voting rights for women. The National Women’s Suffrage Association recognized Duniway as a leading women’s advocate in the American West in 1886.

What We Do

At BISHOP COMMUNICATIONS we will increase your effectiveness by educating legislators, other elected officials, and community leaders about the valuable contribution your business or organization makes to the communities in which you operate.

Driving School Association of Oregon

Bishop Communications guided the Driving School Association of Oregon (DSAO) in organizing its professional driver education members to effectively influence the Oregon Legislature and to work effectively with administrators at the Oregon Department of Transportation, Transportation Safety Division (ODOT/TSD). It all began in 2000, when the Association was gearing up to fill the need for more teen driver education opportunities to comply with newly passed legislation placing limitations on teen driver licenses. The Legislature was stressing the value of teen driver education. DSAO needed assistance. Bishop Communications was there to empowered members and organize the Association into an effective political force to meet the challenge of providing teen driver education courses under rigorous new administrative rules and TSD regulations.

Accomplishments include:
Passage of Senate Bill 125 in 2009 allowing private driver education providers to receive reimbursement for providing State approved teen driver education courses.
Passage of a bill allowing higher reimbursement rates for teen driver education providers.
Restructuring the Driver Education Advisory Committee (DEAC). When this advisory group was first formed it was chaired by a staff person from ODOT/TSD. Driving School Association of Oregon insisted that the DEAC be self-governing and chose a chairperson from among the professionals on the Committee.

DSAO has been instrumental in creating consistent statewide standards and eliminating inconsistencies in teen driver education programs and in the regulation of driver education providers throughout the state.

Driver Training

Here is another success story about how Bishop Communications advocated for client needs.

Renewable Energy

Here is a story of the challenges we faced approaching lawmakers about renewable energy legislation, and the solutions we used to over come them.