Oregon may initiate legislation as either a state statute or a constitutional amendment. In Oregon, citizens also have the power to repeal legislation via veto referendum. For the Oregon State Legislature to place measures on the ballot as legislatively referred constitutional amendments or legislatively referred state statutes, it takes a majority vote of each chamber. Legislative referrals are indicated by bill number in the description.
Points to consider:
- Changes to the Oregon Constitution are practically impossible for a citizen’s initiative to change. So be certain the change is for the betterment of all Oregon.
- Look for hidden future costs that aren’t anticipated.
- Look for guarantees that will lock up funds in a down economy forcing tax increases.
- Dedicated funds have the potential of limiting options in a down economy forcing tax increases.
|LRCA||Measure 94||State judiciary||FAILED
Repeals the mandatory judicial retirement age, which is 75 years old (SJR 4)
|LRCA||Measure 95||State and local government budgets, spending, and finance||PASSED
Allows public state universities to invest in equities (HJR 203)
Devotes 1.5 percent of state lottery net proceeds toward expanding veterans’ services to assisting with employment, education, housing, health care, reintegration and access to government benefit including spouses and dependents. (HJR 202)
Increases corporate taxes on businesses with annual incomes that exceed $25 million at $30,001 plus 2.5%, sets new minimum corporate tax at $100,000 for sales of 100 million, and eliminates the tax cap
Titled, High School Graduation and College and Career Readiness Act (CTE).
Requires state funding at an extra $800 per high school student per year for three programs: CTE, college level classes and dropout-prevention. Total cost to fund for the next biennium is approximately $294 million, one-sixth of projected new lottery revenue.
Creates an “Outdoor School Education Fund,” continuously funded through the Lottery of about $22 million, to provide outdoor school programs for all fifth and sixth graders, which involves a few nights at a camp learning about science.
Prohibits the sale of products from and parts of 12 species of endangered animals.
Oregon ballot measures come in several different varieties:
- legislatively referred state statute – Appears on a state’s ballot as a ballot measure because the state legislature in that state voted to put it before the voters.
- initiated state statute – Earns a spot on the ballot when sponsors collect signatures according to the laws governing the initiative process in Oregon.
- legislatively referred constitutional amendment – A constitutional amendment that appears on a state’s ballot as a ballot measure because the state legislature in that state voted to put it before the voters.
- initiated constitutional amendment – An amendment to a state’s constitution that comes about through the initiative process.
- Veto referenda – When citizens of Oregon disagree with a statute or legislative bill enacted by the state legislature, they can collect signatures to force the issue to a vote. If enough signatures are collected, the bill is placed on the statewide ballot.
Visit the WHAT LEGISLATORS SAY page for their comments on critical topics. Also check out candidate’s answers on important issues.