Hope nobody points her to this post, as she's sure to find the header "intimidating".
But another of her dopey, self-serving ideas died in committee; this one being her bill to make left-lane hogging on highways illegal. Note to the esteemed Senator: it already is illegal. The dedicated Leftist, although apparently conscientious when it comes to sorting her trash and recycling, nonetheless violates the Prime Directive of the Religion of Green by commuting each day between Portland and Salem, and it really steams her clams when folks drive in the left lane on I-5.
So as usual, Burdick tries to legislate out of existence anything that she doesn't like, or which she views as a personal inconvenience; truly the hallmark of the dedicated Leftist. Unfortunately, she's apparently illiterate, as Oregon law, passed thirty years ago, already prohibits what she calls "left-lane hogging":
811.315 Failure of slow driver to drive on right; exceptions; penalty. (1) A person commits the offense of failure of a slow driver to drive on the right if the person is operating a vehicle upon a roadway at less than the normal speed of traffic at the time and place and under the conditions then existing and the person fails to drive:
(a) In the right-hand lane available for traffic; or
(b) As close as practicable to the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway.
(2) This section does not apply under any of the following circumstances:
(a) When overtaking and passing another vehicle proceeding in the same direction under the rules governing passing in ORS 811.410 to 811.425.
(b) When preparing to turn left at an intersection, alley or private road or driveway.
(3) The offense described in this section, failure of slow driver to drive on the right, is a Class B traffic violation. [1983 c.338 §619; 1995 c.383 §57]
The law was passed as a replacement for the then 70-year-old Oregon Basic Speed Rule, which required motorists to drive at a speed appropriate to traffic, road, and weather conditions. Although it was a perfectly sensible rule, and easy to understand, politicians decided that they had to replace it with something much more verbose and marginally more stringent.
In all probability, this came about because of people like me, who successfully used the BSR to fight traffic citations. In my case, I was heading down I-205 in the right lane at 65 (speed limit at the time was 55). When the trooper pulled me over, I pointed out that I was in compliance with the BSR, as drivers were passing me in the left lanes, and driving at a speed significantly slower than the speed of the traffic would have rendered me out of compliance with the law.
The cop shops probably lost thousands in citation revenue, so the law was changed.