Oregon: House OKs rewrite of driver's license ballot title

SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- The Oregon House has voted to rewrite the ballot title for a referendum to restore driving privileges for people who can't prove they're legally in the United States.

The 36-24 vote on Thursday sends the measure to the Senate.

Lawmakers voted last year to grant driving privileges, with some restrictions, to people who can't prove their legal presence. Critics collected signatures to refer the measure.

Ballot titles are regarded as crucial information for swing voters or those who haven't done homework on an issue.

Lawmakers pushing to rewrite the ballot title say the attorney general's description doesn't reflect their motives for approving the bill. They want a title that doesn't refer to legal presence.

Opponents say it's a dangerous precedent to shortcut a longstanding process for ballot summaries.

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