Oregon Open Source Bill Killed By Lobbyists?

by chromatic

Related link: http://www.oregonlive.com/commentary/oregonian/index.ssf?/base/editorial/1051876…

Ken Barber, original author of Oregon HB 2892 writes this Oregonian editorial wondering why, in a state that needs to spend less without raising taxes, the Speaker of the House would silently and procedurally kill a bill to recognize Open Source software as a viable option for procurement.

Rumor has it that the American Electronics Association put a lot of pressure on Speaker Minnis behind closed doors. That may or may not be true. Speaker Minnis has not made her reasoning known. On the other hand, in the original testimony before the General Government Services committee, the AEA claimed a membership of 3000 companies.

When pressed, the AEA representative admitted that he had no idea how many of the member companies supported or objected to HB 2892. The AEA hadn't polled their members. Of course, browsing their member directory reveals companies that do support and produce Open Source software, such Sun, SGI, Agilent, and Axian (home of Coop, one of my favorite Linux authors).

I can't prove one way or another whether the AEA acted as all of its members would wish it to act — or even if the AEA did anything to convince Speaker Minnis to kill the bill. Still, I'm a little disheartened that the bill wasn't even brought for a vote before a committee.

Meanwhile, the Riverdale school district here in Portland will keep saving money while the Oregon Legislature and Multnomah county try to find money to keep the schools open.

Does Open Source need lobbyists in nice suits to untwist the arms of legislators?


2003-05-02 13:06:16
Oregon needs to hear from developers like us on the open source issue. Perhaps, invite key Oregon legislators to OSCON in Portland, OR this July.

Also, I think it makes more sense to push this open source bill in the U.S. House and Senate.

2003-05-02 15:59:57
Legislators at OSCON
Good idea; we've been talking about how to do just that.
2003-05-05 13:48:44
linux means higher taxes
Especially as unscrupulous linux armed charlatans sow confusion in our public schools. Hopefully the Bush administration can now find the time to crack down on internal terrorism. linux is a pestiferous European import. Anyone who uses it is playing France's game.
2003-05-05 17:37:44
linux means higher taxes
And if that not true, then he's not ... anonymous?

I dub thee troll.

2003-05-09 13:50:47
do we need an open source bureaucracy?
The bill died not because it advocated open source but because the way it tried to do it would have created a bureaucratic mess.

There is no law to prevent the State of Oregon from using open source somewhere, and it does. The bill was a cure that was worse than the disease it purported to treat.

--R Robert, State of Oregon system administrator