HB 2537 VOTE:NO – Died In Committee
Status (overview) of bill:https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2019R1/Measures/Overview/HB2537
Committee assigned to bill:https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2019R1/Committees/HRULES/Overview
Requires counties not governed by a home-rule charter to change the governing body to a non-partisan board of five elected commissioners with structure provided by county ordinance.
An attempt to standardize counties is an overreach of the state and only takes away the power for counties to self-rule as voters see fit. Counties that retain a Court Rule with three-member boards remain that way for efficiency in a poor county. Forcing these counties to five board members isn’t being responsible.
Only 6 counties currently have 5 board members. Four exempt counties have 3-member boards under a Home Rule Charter and two of those counties hold partisan elections in their Charter. The push is towards Home Rule Charters, which this bill might advance to preserve county control. Eight counties are still Court run with a County judge as chair of a three-member board. Six counties have partisan elections.