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List of Oregon ballot measures

The following is a partial list of Oregon ballot measures. (The list is complete from 1996 to the present.)

In Oregon, the initiative and referendum process dates back to 1902, when the efforts of the Direct Legislation League prompted Oregon to amend its Constitution for the first time since 1859. The process of initiative and referendum became nationally known as the Oregon System.

There are three types of ballot measures that may appear on statewide ballots: initiatives, referendums, and referrals. Initiatives and referendums may be placed on the ballot if their supporters gather enough signatures from Oregon voters; the number of signatures is a percentage based on the number of voters casting ballots in the most recent election for the Governor of Oregon. initiative: Any issue may be placed before the voters, either amending the Constitution or revising or adding to the Oregon Revised Statutes. Constitutional initiatives require the signature of 8% of recent voters to qualify for the ballot; statutory reforms require 6%. referendum: The public may act to undo any bill passed by the Oregon Legislative Assembly, by putting a referendum on the ballot. A referendum requires 4% of recent voters to qualify for the ballot. referral: The Legislative Assembly may refer any bill it passes to the public for approval, and must do so for any amendment to the Constitution. Additionally, the Legislative Assembly may refer revisions to the Constitution; a revision differs from an amendment in that it may alter multiple provisions of the Constitution.

The constitutional foundation for ballot measures (and legislation produced by the Oregon Legislative Assembly) may be found in Article IV of the Oregon Constitution, and Chapter 250 of the Oregon Revised Statutes relates to initiative and referendum as well.

The Oregon Blue Book, produced by the Oregon government, maintains a list similar to this one, which is a more complete list than this (though this list, in some cases, contains more detail about the measures.)

In the lists below, (C) indicates that a measure proposed to amend the Constitution of Oregon.

Early measures

1908

1922

1972

  • 7 — Repealed Governors Retirement Act that was created through House Bill 1728 in 1971 that provided lifetime pensions for Oregon Governors who served at least two years. The measure passed with little objection.

1980

  • Measure banning construction of new nuclear power plants passed by a strong margin.

1986

1988

May 17, 1988 primary election
Meas. num. Measure Yes No
1 Authorizes Water Development Fund Loans for Fish Protection, Watershed Restoration--L1 *485,629 191,008
2 Protective Headgear for Motorcycle Operators and Passengers and Moped Riders--L2 *486,401 224,655

November 8, 1988 general election

Meas. num. Measure Yes No
1 Extends Governor's Veto Deadline After Legislature Adjourns; Requires Prior Announcement--L1 *615,012 520,939
2 Common School Fund Investments; Using Income for State Lands Management--L1 *621,894 510,694
3 Requires the Use of Safety Belts--L2 528,324 684,747
4 Requires Full Sentences Without Parole, Probation for Certain Repeat Felonies--I2 *947,805 252,985
5 Finances Intercollegiate Athletic Fund by Increasing Malt Beverage, Cigarette Taxes--I2 449,797 759,360
6 Indoor Clean Air Law Revisions Banning Public Smoking--I2 430,147 737,779
7 Oregon Scenic Waterway System--I2 added almost 500 miles of protected waterways to the Oregon Scenic Waterways System (which was formed through an initiative passed in 1970, the original Oregon Scenic Waterways Act). The measure passed 663,604 votes to 516,998 votes. The chief petitioners were Ray Atkeson, Harry Lonsdale and Roy Bowden. *663,604 516,998
8 Revokes Ban on Sexual Orientation Discrimination in State Executive Branch--I2 *626,751 561,355

1989

May 16 Special Election
Meas
num
passed? Yes No % Const
Amd
type
Ballot Title - and notes
1 NO 183,818 263,283 41.1 YES LEG Establishes New Tax Base Limits on Schools

June 27 Special Election

Meas
num
passed?
Yes No % Const
Amd
type
Ballot Title - and notes
1 YES 340506 141649 70.6 YES LEG Removes Constitutional Limitation on Use of Property Forfeited To State
2 YES 446151 48558 90.2 YES LEG Prohibits Selling/Exporting Timber from State Lands Unless Oregon Processed

1990s

1990

May 15 Primary Election
Meas
num
passed?
Yes No % Const
Amd
type
Ballot Title - and notes
1 NO 294099 324458 47.5 YES LEG Permits Using Local Vehicle Taxes for Transit if Voters Approve
2 YES 352922 248123 58.7 YES LEG Allows Pollution Control Bond Use for Related Activities
3 NO 294664 299831 49.6 YES LEG Requires Annual Legislative Sessions of Limited Duration
4 NO 4234 4745 47.2 NO LEG Amends Laws on Organization of International Port of Coos Bay
5A YES 462090 140747 76.7 NO LEG Advisory Vote: Changing the School Finance System
5B NO 177964 408842 30.3 NO LEG Advisory Vote: Income Tax Increase Reducing Homeowner School Property Taxes
5C NO 128642 449725 22.2 NO LEG Advisory Vote: Income Tax Increase Eliminating Homeowner School Property Taxes
5D NO 202367 385820 34.4 NO LEG Advisory Vote: Sales Tax Reducing School Property Taxes
5E NO 222611 374466 37.3 NO LEG Advisory Vote: Sales Tax Eliminating School Property Taxes

November 6 General Election

Meas
num
passed?
Yes No % Const
Amd
type
Ballot Title - and notes
1 YES 510947 491170 51 YES LEG Grants Metropolitan Service District Electors Right to Home Rule
2 YES 680463 354288 65.8 YES LEG Allows Merged School Districts to Combine Tax Bases
3 NO 406372 617586 39.7 N/A REF Repeals Tax Exemption, Grants Additional Benefit Payments for PERS Retirees
4 NO 446795 660992 40.3 NO INIT Prohibits Trojan Operation Until Nuclear Waste, Cost, Earthquake Standards Met – one of several measures aiming to close Trojan
5 YES 574833 522022 52.4 YES INIT Limit on Property Taxes for Schools, Government Operations landmark tax law, limited property taxes and moved school funding from local to state control. Follow up measures 47 (1996) and 50 (1997) addressed property taxes as well.
6 NO 467418 636804 42.3 NO INIT Product Packaging Must Meet Recycling Standards or Receive Hardship Waiver
7 YES 624744 452853 58 NO INIT Six-County Work in Lieu of Welfare Benefits Pilot Program
8 NO 355963 747599 32.3 YES INIT Prohibit Abortion With Three Exceptions
9 YES 598460 512872 53.9 NO INIT Requires the Use of Safety Belts
10 NO 530851 577806 47.9 NO INIT Doctor Must Give Parent Notice Before Minor's Abortion
11 NO 351977 741863 32.2 YES INIT School Choice System, Tax Credit for Education Outside Public Schools

1992

May 19 Primary Election
Meas
num
passed? Yes No % Const
Amd
type
Ballot Title - and notes
1 NO 244,173 451,715 35.1 YES LEG Future Fuel Taxes May Go to Police

November 3 General Election

Meas
num
passed?
Yes No % Const
Amd
type
Ballot Title - and notes
1 NO 653,062 786,017 45.4 YES LEG Bonds May be Issued for State Parks
2 NO 399,259 1,039,322 27.8 YES LEG Future Fuel Taxes May Go to Parks
3 YES 1,003,706 439,694 69.5 YES INIT Limits Terms for Legislature, Statewide Offices, Congressional Offices - established term limits for state and federal elected positions. Federal provisions overturned in 1995, state provisions overturned in 2002.
4 NO 567,467 896,778 38.8 NO INIT Bans Operation of Triple Truck-Trailer Combinations on Oregon Highways
5 NO 585,051 874,636 40.1 NO INIT Closes Trojan Until Nuclear Waste, Cost, Earthquake, Health Conditions Met - Measures 5 and 6, aiming to close Trojan Nuclear Power Plant, defeated; PGE spent $5 million opposing, a record high expenditure not exceeded until 2007.
6 NO 619,329 830,850 42.7 NO INIT Bans Trojan Power Operation Unless Earthquake, Waste Storage Conditions Met - see above
7 NO 362,621 1,077,206 25.2 YES INIT Raises Tax Limit on Certain Property; Residential Renters' Tax Relief
8 NO 576,633 828,096 41 NO INIT Restricts Lower Columbia Fish Harvests to Most Selective Means Available
9 NO 638,527 828,290 43.5 YES INIT Government Cannot Facilitate, Must Discourage Homosexuality, Other "Behaviors"

1993

June 29 Special Election
Meas
num
passed? Yes No % Const
Amd
type
Ballot Title - and notes
1 NO 180,070 482,714 27.2 NO LEG Allows Voter Approval of Urban Renewal Bond Repayment Outside Limit

November 9 Special Election

Meas
num
passed? Yes No % Const
Amd
type
Ballot Title - and notes
1 NO 240,991 721,930 25.0 NO LEG Should We Pass A 5% Sales Tax for Public Schools with these Restrictions?

1994

May 17 primary election
Meas
num
passed? Yes No % Const
Amd
type
Ballot Title - and notes
2 NO 158028 446665 26.1 NO LEG Allows New Motor Vehicle Fuel Revenues for Dedicated Purposes

November 8 general election

Meas
num
passed?
Yes No % Const
Amd
type
Ballot Title - and notes
3 YES 776197 382126 67.0 YES LEG Changes Deadline for Filling Vacancies at General Election
4 YES 1055111 145499 87.9 YES LEG Creates Vacancy if State Legislator Convicted of Felony
5 NO 543302 671025 44.7 YES INIT Bars New or Increased Taxes without Voter Approval
6 YES 628180 555019 53.1 YES INIT Candidates May Use Only Contributions from District Residents (struck down as unconstitutional in Federal court)
7 NO 512980 671021 43.3 YES INIT Guarantees Equal Protection: Lists Prohibited Grounds of Discrimination
8 YES 611760 610776 50.0 YES INIT Public Employees Pay Part of Salary for Pension – required public employees to contribute 6% of their salary to their pension, overturned in 1996 by the courts in Oregon State Police Officers' Ass'n v. State.
9 YES 851014 324224 72.4 NO INIT Adopts Contribution and Spending Limits, Other Campaign Finance Law Changes. Limited contributions to $100 for legislative candidates, $500 for statewide candidates. Most provisions struck down by Oregon Supreme Court in February 1997.
10 YES 763507 415678 64.7 YES INIT Legislature Cannot Reduce Voter-Approved Sentence Without 2/3 Vote
11 YES 788695 412816 65.6 NO INIT Mandatory Sentences for Listed Felonies; Covers Persons 15 and Up — established mandatory minimum sentences for certain violent felonies, required adult trials and sentencing for those felonies for defendants over age 15.
12 NO 450553 731146 38.1 NO INIT Repeals Prevailing Rate Wage Requirement for Workers on Public Works
13 NO 592746 630628 48.5 YES INIT Governments Cannot Approve, Create Classifications Based on, Homosexuality — also known as the "Minority Status and Child Protection Act", would have restricted public library access to materials dealing with homosexuality. (see also Oregon Ballot Measure 9 (1992).)
14 NO 500005 679936 42.4 YES INIT Amends Chemical Process Mining Laws: Adds Requirements, Prohibitions, Standards, Fees
15 NO 438018 760853 36.5 YES INIT State Must Maintain Funding for Schools, Community Colleges
16 YES 627980 596018 51.3 NO INIT Allows Terminally Ill Adults to Obtain Prescription for Lethal Drugs — legalized doctor-assisted suicide. (aka "Death with Dignity Act")
17 YES 859896 350541 71.0 YES INIT Requires State Prison Inmates to Work Full Time
18 YES 629527 586026 51.8 NO INIT Bans Hunting Bears with Bait, Hunting Bears, Cougars with Dogs
19 NO 549754 652139 45.7 YES INIT No Free Speech Protection for Obscenity, Child Pornography — would have amended state constitution to exempt obscenity from the state constitution's free speech protections.
20 NO 284195 898416 24.0 YES INIT Equal Tax on Trade Replaces Current Taxes

NOTE: ''Detailed information about elections from 1995 to the present, including ballot measure text, sponsorship, and arguments for and against, may be found at the Oregon Secretary of State's web site.

1996

May 21 primary election
Meas
num
passed?
Yes
No
%
Const
Amd
type
Ballot Title - and notes
23 YES 466580 177218 72.47 YES LEG Increases Minimum Value in Controversy Required to Obtain Jury Trial
24 NO 279399 360592 43.66 YES LEG Initiative Petition Signatures Must Be Collected From Each Congressional District
25 YES 349918 289930 54.69 YES LEG Requires 3/5 Majority in Legislature to Pass Revenue-Raising Bills

November 5 General Election

Meas
num
passed?
Yes
No
%
Const
Amd
type
Ballot Title – and notes
26 YES 878677 440283 66.62 YES LEG Changes the Principles that Govern Laws for Punishment of Crime
27 NO 349050 938819 27.1 YES LEG Grants Legislature New Power Over Both New, Existing Administrative Rules
28 YES 708341 593136 54.43 YES LEG Repeals Certain Residency Requirements for State Veterans' Loans
29 NO 335057 958947 25.89 YES LEG Governor's Appointees Must Vacate Office If Successor Not Timely Confirmed
30 YES 731127 566168 56.36 YES LEG State Must Pay Local Governments Costs of State-Mandated Programs
31 NO 630980 706974 47.16 YES LEG Obscenity May Receive No Greater Protection Than Under Federal Constitution
32 NO 622764 704970 46.9 NO REF Authorizes Bonds for Portland Region Light Rail, Transportation Projects Elsewhere
33 NO 638824 652811 49.46 YES INIT Limits Legislative Change to Statutes Passed by Voters
34 NO 570803 762979 42.8 NO INIT Wildlife Management Exclusive to Commission; Repeals1994 Bear/Cougar Initiative
35 NO 441108 807987 35.31 NO INIT Restricts Bases for Providers to Receive Pay for Health Care
36 YES 769725 584303 56.85 NO INIT Increases Minimum Hourly Wage to $6.50 Over Three Years
37 NO 540645 818336 39.78 NO INIT Broadens Types of Beverage Containers Requiring Deposit and Refund Value
38 NO 479921 852661 36.01 NO INIT Prohibits Livestock in Certain Polluted Waters or on Adjacent Lands
39 NO 569037 726824 43.91 YES INIT Government, Private Entities Cannot Discriminate Among Health Care Provider Categories
40 YES 778574 544301 58.85 YES INIT Gives Crime Victims Rights, Expands Admissible Evidence, Limits Pretrial Release – passed, but nullified by the Oregon Supreme Court for affecting multiple portions of the constitution. Spawned multiple measures in 1999.
41 NO 446115 838088 34.74 YES INIT States How Public Employee Earnings Must Be Expressed
42 NO 460553 857878 34.93 YES INIT Requires Testing of Public School Students; Public Report
43 NO 547131 707586 43.61 NO INIT Amends Collective Bargaining Law for Public Safety Employees
44 YES 759048 598543 55.91 NO INIT Increases, Adds Cigarette and Tobacco Taxes; Changes Tax Revenue Distribution – increased cigarette tax by 30 cents per pack
45 NO 458238 866461 34.59 YES INIT Raises Public Employees' Normal Retirement Age; Reduces Benefits
46 NO 158555 1180148 11.84 YES INIT Counts Non-Voters As "No" Votes on Tax Measures
47 YES 704554 642613 52.3 YES INIT Reduces and Limits Property Taxes; Limits Local Revenues, Replacement Fees – limited property taxes, required double-majority for some local tax increases.
48 NO 624771 671095 48.21 YES INIT Instructs State, Federal Legislators to Vote for Congressional Term Limits

1997

May 20 Special Election
Meas
num
passed? Yes No % Const
Amd
type
Ballot Title – and notes
49 YES 699813 70940 90.8 YES LEG Restricts Inmate Lawsuits; Allows Interstate Shipment of Prison Made Products
50 YES 429943 341781 55.71 YES LEG Limits Assessed Value of Property for Tax Purposes; Limits Property Tax Rates – replaced Measure 47 (1996)

November 4 special election

Meas
num
passed? Yes No % Const
Amd
type

Ballot Title – and notes
51 NO 445830 666275 40.09 NO LEG Repeals Law Allowing Terminally Ill Adults To Obtain Lethal Prescription – would have repealed Oregon Death with Dignity Act
52 YES 805742 293425 73.3 NO LEG Authorizes State Lottery Bond Program To Finance Public School Projects

1998

May 19 Primary Election: Details about Ballot Measure 53 and election results available from the Secretary of State's office.

Meas
num
passed? Yes No % Const
Amd
type
Ballot Title
53 NO 303539 319871 48.69 YES LEG Eliminates Voter Turnout Requirement For Passing Certain Property Tax Measures – would have eliminated double majority requirement established by Measures 47 and 50.

November 3 General Election: Titles and summaries of Measures 54-67, and the election results, available from the Oregon Secretary of State's office.

Meas
num
passed? Yes No % Const
Amd
type
Ballot Title - and notes
54 YES 569982 474727 54.56 YES LEG Authorizes State To Guarantee Bonded Indebtedness Of Certain Education Districts
55 NO 456464 579251 44.07 YES LEG Permits State To Guarantee Earnings On Prepaid Tuition Trust Fund
56 YES 874547 212737 80.43 NO LEG Expands Notice To Landowners Regarding Changes To Land Use Laws
57 NO 371967 736968 33.54 NO REF Makes Possession Of Limited Amount Of Marijuana Class C Misdemeanor
58 YES 621832 462084 57.37 NO INIT Requires Issuing Copy Of Original Oregon Birth Certificate to Adoptees – allowed adoptees access to original births certificates (and hence, previously secret information about their birth parents).
59 NO 539757 561952 48.99 YES INIT Prohibits Using Public Resources To Collect Money For Political Purposes
60 YES 757204 334021 69.39 NO INIT Requires Vote By Mail In Biennial Primary, General Elections
61 NO


NO
Would have changed sentencing rules. Vote Not Tallied By Court Order
62 YES 721448 347112 67.52 YES INIT Requires Campaign Finance Disclosures; Regulates Signature Gathering; Guarantees Contribution Methods
63 YES 566064 457762 55.29 YES INIT Measures Proposing Supermajority Voting Requirements Require Same Supermajority For Passage
64 NO 215491 897535 19.36 NO INIT Prohibits Many Present Timber Harvest Practices, Imposes More Restrictive Regulations
65 NO 483811 533948 47.54 YES INIT Creates Process For Requiring Legislature To Review Administrative Rules - sought to restrict Legislature's ability to regulate land use
66 YES 742038 362247 67.2 YES INIT Dedicates Some Lottery Funding To Parks, Beaches; Habitat, Watershed Protection
67 YES 611190 508263 54.6 NO INIT Allows Medical Use Of Marijuana Within Limits; Establishes Permit System - legalized medical marijuana

1999

11/2/99 November Special Election: Detailed information about Measures 68-76 and election results available from the Oregon Secretary of State's office.

Measures 69-75 were originally provisions of 1996 Measure 40, which was approved but then struck down due to its amendments to multiple parts of the Oregon Constitution.

Meas
num
passed? Yes No % Const
Amd
type Ballot Title
68 YES 406526 289407 58.41 YES LEG Allows Protecting Business, Certain Government Programs From Prison Work Programs
69 YES 406393 292419 58.15 YES LEG Grants Victims Constitutional Rights In Criminal Prosecutions, Juvenile Court Delinquency Proceedings
70 NO 289783 407429 41.56 YES LEG Gives Public, Through Prosecutor, Right To Demand Jury Trial In Criminal Cases
71 YES 404404 292696 58.01 YES LEG Limits Pretrial Release Of Accused Person To Protect Victims, Public
72 NO 316351 382685 45.26 YES LEG Allows Murder Conviction By 11 To 1 Jury Verdict
73 NO 320160 369843 46.4 YES LEG Limits Immunity From Criminal Prosecution Of Person Ordered To Testify About His Or Her Conduct
74 YES 368899 325078 53.16 YES LEG Requires Terms Of Imprisonment Announced In Court Be Fully Served, With Exceptions
75 YES 399671 292445 57.75 YES LEG Persons Convicted Of Certain Crimes Cannot Serve On Grand Juries, Criminal Trial Juries
76 YES 372613 314351 54.24 YES LEG Requires Light, Heavy Motor Vehicle Classes Proportionately Share Highway Costs

2000s

2000

Primary Election: Detailed information about Measures 77-82 and election results available at the Secretary of State's web site.

meas.
num.
passed YES
votes
NO
votes
%
YES
Const.
Amd.?
description
77 NO 336,253 432,541 YES Makes Certain Local Taxing Districts' Temporary Property Tax Authority Permanent
78 YES 528,129 327,440 YES Lengthens Period For Verifying Signatures On Initiative And Referendum Petitions
79 NO 356,912 505,081 YES Increases Signatures Required To Place Initiative Amending Constitution On Ballot
80 NO 310,640 559,941 YES Authorizes Using Fuel Tax, Vehicle Fees For Increasing Highway Policing
81 NO 219,009 650,348 YES Allows Legislature To Limit Recovery Of Damages In Civil Actions
82 NO 109,741 767,329 NO Repeals Truck Weight--Mile Tax; Establishes And Increases Fuel Taxes

General Election: Detailed information about Measures 83-99 and 1-9 and election results available at the Secretary of State's web site.

meas.
num.
passed YES
votes
NO
votes
%
YES
Const.
Amd.?
description
83 YES 1084870 365203 YES Authorizes New Standards, Priorities For Veterans' Loans; Expands Qualified Recipients
84 YES 1211384 222723 YES State Must Continue Paying Local Governments For State--Mandated Programs
85 NO 634307 767366 YES Modifies Population, Minimum Area Requirements For Formation Of New Counties
86 YES 898793 550304 YES mandated kicker checks in the state Constitution. (Previous kicker law was a statute.) explanation of measure
87 NO 694410 771901 YES Allows Regulation Of Location Of Sexually Oriented Businesses Through Zoning
88 YES 739270 724097 NO Increases Maximum Deductible In Oregon For Federal Income Taxes Paid
89 NO 622814 828117 NO Dedicates Tobacco Settlement Proceeds To Specified Health, Housing, Transportation Programs
90 NO 158810 1208545 NO Authorizes Rates Giving Utilities Return On Investments In Retired Property
91 NO 661342 814885 YES Makes Federal Income Taxes Fully Deductible On Oregon Tax Returns
92 NO 656250 815338 YES Prohibits Payroll Deductions For Political Purposes Without Specific Written Authorization
93 NO 581186 865091 YES Voters Must Approve Most Taxes, Fees; Requires Certain Approval Percentage
94 NO 387068 1073275 NO would have repealed 1994's Measure 11.
95 NO 514926 962250 YES Student Learning Determines Teacher Pay; Qualifications, Not Seniority, Determine Retention
96 NO 527613 866588 YES Prohibits Making Initiative Process Harder, Except Through Initiative; Applies Retroactively
97 NO 606939 867219 NO Bans Body--Gripping Animal Traps, Some Poisons; Restricts Fur Commerce
98 NO 678024 776489 YES Prohibits Using Public Resources For Political Purposes; Limits Payroll Deductions
99 YES 911217 539414 YES Creates Commission Ensuring Quality Home Care Services For Elderly, Disabled
1 YES 940223 477461 YES Legislature Must Fund School Quality Goals Adequately; Report; Establish Grants
2 NO 605575 779190 YES sought to restrict Legislature's ability to regulate land use
3 YES 952792 465081 YES prohibited forfeiture without conviction.
4 NO 650850 789543 NO Dedicates Tobacco-Settlement Proceeds; Earnings Fund Low-Income Health Care
5 YES 921926 569996 NO Expands Circumstances Requiring Background Checks Before Transfer Of Firearm
6 NO 586910 838011 NO Provides Public Funding To Candidates Who Limit Spending, Private Contributions
7 YES not published 53% YES precursor to Oregon Ballot Measure 37 (2004); restricted land use regulation, but was struck down by the Oregon Supreme Court.
8 NO 608090 789699 YES would have capped state spending
9 NO 702572 788691 NO would have prohibited "encouragement" of homosexuality by public schools.

2002

Primary Election: Detailed information for 2002 Primary measures (10, 11, and 13) and official results available from the Oregon Secretary of State's office.

meas.
num.
passed YES
votes
NO
votes
%
YES
Const.
Amd.?
description
10 YES 608,640 177,004 77.47% YES Allows Public Universities to Receive Equity in Private Companies as Compensation for Publicly Created Technology
11 YES 589,869 190,226 75.62% YES Authorizes Less Expensive General Obligation Bond financing for OHSU Medical Research and other Capital Costs
12 — Removed from Ballot
13 NO 376,605 411,923 47.76% YES would have allowed transfer of money from a state education trust fund to the school fund, and would have done such a transfer immediately.

September Special Election: Measures 19 and 20

meas.
num.
passed YES
votes
NO
votes
%
YES
Const.
Amd.?
description
19 YES 496,815 306,440 61.85% YES similar to Measure 13, but transferred less money.
20 YES 522,613 289,119 64.38% NO Increases Cigarette Tax; Uses Revenue for Health Plan, Other Programs

General Election: Detailed information on Measures 14-18 and 21-27, and official election results available at the Secretary of State's web site.

meas.
num.
passed YES
votes
NO
votes
%
YES
Const.
Amd.?
description
14 YES 867,901 352,027 YES Removes Historical Racial References in Obsolete Sections of Constitution
15 YES 671,640 535,638 YES Authorizes State to Issue General Obligation Bonds for Seismic Rehabilitation of Public Education Buildings
16 YES 669,451 530,587 YES Authorizes State to Issue General Obligation Bonds for Seismic Rehabilitation of Emergency Services Buildings
17 NO 341,717 910,331 YES would have lowered minimum age for serving in state legislature from 21 to 18.
18 NO 450,444 704,116 YES Allows Certain Tax Districts to Establish Permanent Property Tax Rates and Divide into Tax Zones
21 NO 526,450 668,256 YES Revises Procedure for Filling Judicial Vacancies, Electing Judges; Allows Vote for "None of the Above"
22 NO 595,936 610,063 YES Requires Supreme Court Judges and Court of Appeals Judges to be Elected by District
23 NO 265,310 969,537 NO would have established universal health care in Oregon.
24 YES 907,979 286,492 NO Allows Licensed Denturists to Install Partial Dentures; Authorizes Cooperative Dentist--Denturist Business Ventures
25 YES 645,016 611,658 NO raised minimum wage to $6.90, tied it to the consumer price index.
26 YES 921,606 301,415 YES prohibited paying signature gatherers (for initiative petitions) per signature
27 NO 371,851 886,806 NO would have required labeling of GMO foods.

2003

January Special Election: Detailed information on Ballot Measure 28 and election results at the Oregon Secretary of State's site.

meas.
num.
passed YES
votes
NO
votes
%
YES
Const.
Amd.?
type description
28 NO 575,846 676,312 45.9% NO LEG would have created a temporary (3-year) 1% income tax increase to balance state budgets.

September Special Election: Detailed information on Ballot Measure 29 and election results at the Oregon Secretary of State's site.

meas.
num.
passed YES
votes
NO
votes
%
YES
Const.
Amd.?
type description
29 YES 360,209 291,778 55.2% YES LEG authorize state to incur general obligation debt for savings on pension liabilities.

2004

In the fall election, Measure 36 (outlawing gay marriage) dominated public attention: 81,667 (or 4.7%) more votes were cast on Measure 36 than the average of all other measures on the ballot. Measure 37 (restricting land use regulation) was contentious before the election, and became more controversial after the fact, as state and local governments attempted to implement it.

Two other measures passed in 2004, both referred by the Legislature for the General Election, and neither one drawing any opposition in the Voters' Pamphlet. Measure 31 made it possible to postpone certain elections in the event of a candidate's death, and Measure 32 changed the way revenue from mobile home taxes is handled.

2004 FEBRUARY SPECIAL ELECTION
Detailed information on Measure 30 and official results available from the Oregon Secretary of State.
meas.
num.
passed YES
votes
NO
votes
%
YES
Const.
Amd.?
description
30 NO 481,315 691,462 41% NO Create a temporary income tax surcharge to balance state budgets.

2004 GENERAL ELECTION
Detailed information about the measures and official results available from the Oregon Secretary of State.
meas.
num.
passed YES
votes
NO
votes
%
YES
Const.
Amd.?
description
31 YES 1122852 588502 66% YES Postpone certain elections in the event of a candidate's death.
32 YES 1048090 661576 61% YES Mobile home taxes and fees.
33 NO 764015 1021814 43% NO Expand Oregon Medical Marijuana Act to allow for the creation of nonprofit dispensaries.
34 NO 659467 1060496 38% NO Timber production/Resource conservation.
35 NO 869054 896857 49% YES Malpractice lawsuit limits.
36 YES 1028546 787556 57% YES Define marriage as between one man and one woman.
37 YES 1054589 685079 61% NO Require governments to pay owners when condemning or taking private property, including laws precluding many economically viable or otherwise owner-beneficial uses.
38 NO 670935 1037722 39% NO Abolish SAIF, the state-run workers' compensation provider.

2006

In 2006, voters considered 11 statewide ballot measures. All were placed on the ballot by initiative.

Nearly all the measures were defeated. Measures extending prescription drug pricing benefits (Measure 44) and restricting the government's power of eminent domain (39) were the only ones that passed without qualification; a campaign finance reform system (47) passed as well, but a companion measure (46) that would have provided necessary constitutional support for it failed.

Out-of-state interests spent millions of dollars supporting—and in one significant case, opposing—Oregon ballot measures. None of these big-money measures passed; in fact, Measures 39 and 44 passed without drawing any organized opposition.

Unsuccessful measures

Measures 41 and 48 aimed to restrict the amount of money the State government could raise and spend, respectively. They were both mostly funded by the Taxpayers Association of Oregon, which in turn received nearly all its funding from Illinois-based Americans for Limited Government. Opposition to these two measures was paired as well, spending $1.9 million to defeat the two measures.

Measure 42 was promoted by conservative ballot measure activist Bill Sizemore. Sizemore broke with his custom by promoting a consumer-oriented bill, which would have outlawed the use of credit data in determining insurance premiums. Opponents of the measure spent over $3.7 million (nearly all of which came from out of state), defeating the measure. Their advertising focused heavily on Sizemore's credibility. Sizemore did not run an active campaign promoting the measure. He and his longtime political ally Loren Parks were the only people to submit arguments in favor for the Voters' Guide.

Measure 45, almost entirely financed by $1.2 million from Illinois-based U.S. Term Limits, would have established strict term limits in the Oregon Legislative Assembly. Term limits had previously been in place in the late 1990s, but the prior law was declared unconstitutional by the Oregon Supreme Court. The measure failed.

Measures 46 and 47 were presented as a single package; 46 would have amended the Constitution to allow limitations on campaign financing (heavily favoring popular vote, and requiring a 75% vote for such changes in the Legislature); and 47 detailed specific limitations. Measure 47 passed, but in the absence of the kind of Constitutional support Measure 46 would have provided, it will have no effect. The campaigns both for and against this package were funded almost entirely from Oregon sources.

Measure 40 sought to require that judges of the Oregon Supreme Court be elected by district, rather than statewide.

Measure 43 sought to require parental notification in the event of certain teenage abortions. (Two measures restricting abortion were also rejected in the 1990 general election.)

Successful measures

Measure 39, described by its proponents as a natural extension of 2004's Measure 37, restricted the governments powers of eminent domain. Measure 44 extended a state prescription drug benefit, previously only available to seniors, to cover all uninsured Oregonians.

2006 GENERAL ELECTION
Detailed information on measures and official results available from the Oregon Secretary of State.
meas.
num.
passed YES
votes
NO
votes
%
YES
Const.
Amd.?
type description
39 YES 881820 431844 67% NO INIT Restrict the use of Eminent Domain
40 NO 576153 749404 43% YES INIT Restrict eligibility to the Oregon Supreme Court based on geographic origin
41 NO 483443 818452 37% NO INIT Allow Federal Tax Credit on Oregon Taxes
42 NO 479935 876075 35% NO INIT Ban the use of credit reports in determining insurance premiums
43 NO 616876 746606 45% NO INIT Require parental notification for abortions for girls aged 15-17
44 YES 1049594 296649 78% NO INIT Extend discount prescription drug program to all Oregon citizens
45 NO 555016 788895 41% YES INIT Require term limits for Oregon Legislative Assembly
46 NO 520342 770251 40% YES INIT Permit laws that limit campaign contributions
47 YES 694918 615256 53% NO INIT Revise campaign finance laws to limit or prohibit campaign contributions for state and local elections
48 NO 379971 923629 29% YES INIT Create a state spending cap indexed to inflation and population growth

2007

In 2007, voters considered 2 statewide ballot measures.

2007 GENERAL ELECTION
Detailed information on measures available from the Oregon Secretary of State.
meas.
num.
passed YES
votes
NO
votes
%
YES
Const.
Amd.?
type description
49 YES 718,023 437,351 62.15% NO LEG Modifies 2004's Measure 37, altering land-use regulations
50 NO 472,063 686,470 40.75% YES LEG Increases the tobacco tax to fund various programs, including health coverage & Healthy Kids Program

2008

Three measures (51, 52, and 53), all legislative referrals, were on the May primary ballot. All three passed; the first two by wide margins, and Measure 53 by a margin so narrow that it triggered an automatic recount.

In November 2008, voters are expected to consider eight initiatives and four legislative referrals.

Meas.
num.
Const.
Amd.?
Ballot title
54 yes standardizes voting eligibility for school board elections with other state and local elections
55 yes changes operative date of redistricting plans; allows affected legislators to finish term in original district
56 yes provides that May and November property tax elections are decided by majority of voters voting
57 no increases sentences for drug trafficking, theft against elderly and specified repeat property and identity theft crimes; requires addiction treatment for certain offenders.
58 no prohibits teaching public school student in language other than English for more than two years
59 no creates an unlimited deduction for federal income taxes on individual taxpayers' Oregon income-tax returns
60 no teacher "classroom performance," not seniority, determines pay raises; "most qualified" teachers retained, regardless of seniority
61 no creates mandatory minimum prison sentences for certain theft, identity theft, forgery, drug, and burglary crimes
62 yes allocates 15% of lottery proceeds to public safety fund for crime prevention, investigation, prosecution
63 no exempts specified property owners from building permit requirements for improvements valued at/under 35,000 dollars
64 no penalizes person, entity for using funds collected with "public resource" (defined) for "political purpose" (defined)
65 no changes general election nomination processes for major/minor party, independent candidates for most partisan offices

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