Oregon Governor Brown vetoed SB 574, the Motorcycle Lane Sharing bill. This is a huge disappointment for everyone involved. So many have worked very hard to get this bill to the Governor’s desk. Thank you Lane Share Oregon, BikePac, Christopher Slater, Patrick Leyshock, and hundreds of others who submitted testimony. This is a big story of riders of all types coming together working on a common goal. To get it as far as it got is a great thing. There is much to be proud of.

From BikePac’s webpage: “SB-574 (Motorcycle Lane Sharing) has been vetoed by Governor Kate Brown despite wide bi-partisan support in the House and the Senate.  The governors cited “safety concerns” for riders and car drivers.  She also stated “non-compliance” worries that riders would not adhere to the narrow provisions of the bill.”

From Lane Share Oregon’s website: A REMARKABLE EFFORT FROM THE OREGON MOTORCYCLE COMMUNITY; THANKS TO EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU WHO SUPPORTED SENATE BILL 574.
Senate Bill 574 would have legalized a limited form of motorcycle lane filtering in Oregon. The bill:
* passed full Senate and House floor votes, with 3-to-1 bipartisan majorities
* had 17 sponsors, with a nearly even split of Democrats and Republicans, House and Senate, from rural, urban, and suburban districts
* received written support from over 600 Oregon motorcyclists
* was endorsed by many Oregon businesses and organizations
* received a “Do Pass” recommendation from the Joint Committee on Transportation

GOVERNOR BROWN VETOED THE BILL ON MAY 26TH, CITING NUMEROUS CONCERNS, INCLUDING NONCOMPLIANCE AND ENFORCEMENT.
Senate Bill 574 was one of the most widely supported bills in the current legislative session, a vivid illustration of elected officials successfully working together to support Oregonians.

Commenting on the veto, Senator Michael Dembrow, first Chief Sponsor of the bill, wrote “the Governor obviously has the responsibility of acting to promote public safety, and I generally agree with her actions towards that end. This time I think she’s making a mistake.”
Despite this setback for rider safety, Lane Share Oregon will continue to advance legislation protecting Oregon riders.

Getting this bill this far is a huge success for Oregon riders. And it is a huge story, one that deserves to be told at some point. In short, many different parts of the motorcycle community came together to move the concept of Lane Sharing forward. Much thanks to Patrick Leyshock and the crew with Lane Share Oregon. Also thanks to Christopher Slater. And finally much thanks to BikePac of Oregon.

The 4th time is a charm! Thanks to all and to all the riders who submitted testimony.

From the Facebook page from Oregon Motorcycle Law: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONCERNING THE GOVERNOR’S VETO:
Senate Bill 574 would have legalized a limited form of motorcycle lane filtering in Oregon. The bill:
* passed full Senate and House floor votes, with 3-to-1 bipartisan majorities
* had 17 sponsors, with a nearly even split of Democrats and Republicans, House and Senate, from rural, urban, and suburban districts
* received written support from over 600 Oregon motorcyclists
* was endorsed by many Oregon businesses and organizations
* received a “Do Pass” recommendation from the Joint Committee on Transportation
Governor Brown vetoed the bill on May 26th, citing numerous concerns, including noncompliance and enforcement.
Senate Bill 574 was one of the most widely supported bills in the current legislative session, a vivid illustration of elected officials successfully working together to support Oregonians.
Commenting on the veto, Senator Michael Dembrow, first Chief Sponsor of the bill, wrote “the Governor obviously has the responsibility of acting to promote public safety, and I generally agree with her actions towards that end. This time I think she’s making a mistake.”
Oregon Motorcycle Law Attorney, Christopher Slater, was surprised by the veto, noting that he could not find a prior bill that Governor Brown had ever vetoed in the last 6 years (other than line item budget vetoes). Oregon Motorcycle Law will continue to work for Oregon riders at the legislature, with our community and partners, including BikePAC (ABATE) and Lane Share Oregon. Please consider supporting these organizations as they are working for Oregon riders at the Capitol.