Oregon: Tolling opponents gathering signatures to put it to vote

Opponents of a plan to toll parts of Interstates 5 and 205 in Portland have started gathering signatures to put tolling proposals up for a public vote in Oregon.

Julie Parrish, a former Republican legislator, state Rep. Mike Nearman, R-Independence, Ore., and Less Poole, a Gladstone, Ore., planning commissioner, organized the campaign.

The organizers need 149,360 signatures to get Initiative Petition 10 on the 2020 ballot. If it gets on the ballot, and if passed by voters, the initiative would require any tolling on existing transportation infrastructure to pass with a majority vote in the state and any affected county.

The initiative would not require a vote for tolls for new infrastructure.