Brown was appointed as Oregon's governor in 2015. She won a special election for the office in 2016 with 50.70% of the vote. She was re-elected to the position in 2018 with 50.1% of the vote.
The recall petition was filed by Bill Currier, chairman of the Oregon Republican Party, on July 15, 2019. The petition cites Brown's support of a cap-and-trade climate bill and legislation that would grant driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants as the reasons for recall. He wrote, "The people or Oregon deserve and expect a Governor that honors the will of the voters and works for the good of all citizens, not just special interests and politically-motivated agendas."
HB 2020 cap-and-trade legislation
On June 20, 2019, the 11 Republican members of the Oregon State Senate did not come to a scheduled legislative session amid disagreements on a cap-and-trade climate bill. Democrats held 18 seats, two short of the 20 members needed for quorum. In a statement following the walkout, Republicans said they believed the bill should be referred to the ballot rather than decided by the legislature.
Gov. Kate Brown (D) directed state police to find the Republican senators and bring them back to the capitol. In response, the Republican senators traveled to Idaho and Montana, out of the state police's jurisdiction. Brown said she would not negotiate with Republicans until they returned to the capitol to conduct legislative business.
On June 25, 2019, Senate President Peter Courtney announced that Democrats did not have the votes in order to pass HB 2020. The Republican senators returned to the capitol on June 29, 2019, ending the state legislative walkout after nine days.
After the cap-and-trade climate bill failed, Brown threatened to implement the bill via executive order. In the recall petition, Currier made mention of Brown's threat. He wrote, "She has threatened to usurp legislative power with executive orders to implement her failed legislation, deciding single-handedly what is best for Oregon. This is not the Oregon way."
HB 2015 Equal Access to Roads Act
The legislation would eliminate the requirements to prove U.S. citizenship or legal residency to obtain an Oregon driver's license. Undocumented immigrants would be able to obtain driver licenses under the legislation. As of July 16, 2019, Brown had not yet signed the legislation but a spokesman told The Oregonian that she intends to sign it.
As of July 19, 2019, Brown had not made a statement regarding the recall effort.
Path to the ballot
The recall petition was filed against Gov. Brown on July 15, 2019. Supporters of the recall have until October 14, 2019, to turn in 280,050 signatures to force a recall election.