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Oregon's legislative session approaches, nearly 300 bills proposed

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January 31, 2012

By Bailey Ludlam

Oregon

SALEM, Oregon: The Oregon legislative session starts tomorrow, February 1st, and already nearly 300 bills have been filed for consideration during the 35 day session.[1]

The 2012 legislative session in the state of Oregon marks the first annual session. In past years, lawmakers have met every other year.[2] According to reports, Oregon lawmakers will primarily be tackling several budgetary issues but other issues on the table include health care, education, tax credits, spending on infrastructure, foreclosures and more.[3]

Two legislatively-referred constitutional amendments have already been certified to appear on the upcoming November 2012 ballot but the window remains open for more certifications.

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Measure 77 Admin of gov't Revision to responses to catastrophic disasters; requires approval by a 2/3rds majority Approveda
LRCA Measure 78 Admin of gov't Changes terminology in the state Constitution for the three state gov't branches Approveda
CICA Measure 79 Taxes Would ban real estate transfer taxes. Approveda
CISS Measure 80 Marijuana Would create a cannabis commission to regulate the cultivation and sale of cannabis. Defeatedd
CISS Measure 81 Animal rights Bans Columbia River commercial salmon fishing with gillnets by non-tribal persons, allows seine nets instead. Defeatedd
CICA Measure 82 Gambling Authorizes establishment of privately-owned casinos. Defeatedd
CISS Measure 83 Gambling Authorizes Multnomah County casino. Defeatedd
CISS Measure 84 Taxes Phases out estate and inheritance taxes. Defeatedd
CICA Measure 85 Taxes Allocates corporate income/excise tax "kicker" refund to additionally fund K through 12 public education. Approveda

Like legislative proposals, citizen initiatives are abundant. The deadline for filing signatures for the November 2012 ballot is July 6, 2012.[4]. According to the Oregon Secretary of State a total of 43 initiatives have been filed as of January 1, 2012.

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