Two days after Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson implemented new rules changing how signatures could be gathered for statewide initiative petitions, Stoll Berne filed a lawsuit on behalf of an Oregon voter alleging that the new rules were illegal.
The rule changes would have allowed initiative backers to gather signatures using a non-final ballot title (a neutral summary of the initiative), while that ballot was being reviewed for accuracy by the Oregon Supreme Court. Stoll Berne attorney Steven Berman immediately moved for a temporary restraining order. Before the TRO hearing, the Secretary of State rescinded the rules.
January 10, 2018: Portland Tribune, Initiative petition rules suspended amid lawsuit
January 10, 2018: The Oregonian, Dennis Richardson rescinds election rule changes in hopes lawmakers will do it for him
January 5, 2018: The Oregonian, Union-backed group sues Dennis Richardson over election rule change