Oregon 2014 ballot measures

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Four statewide ballot measures are certified for the November 4, 2014 ballot in the state of Oregon.

The 2014 legislative session began on February 3, 2014, and concluded on March 10, 2014. During that time, two legislatively-referred constitutional amendments were put on the November general election ballot. According to Section 1, Article XVIII of the Oregon Constitution a majority vote of both chambers of the Oregon State Legislature is required to place an amendment proposed by the legislature on the statewide ballot. A veto referendum is also certified for the ballot. In order to qualify for the ballot, supporters of the measure were required to collect a minimum of 58,142 valid signatures within 90 days after the end of the 2013 legislative session. The secretary of state set the referendum's petition deadline for October 4, 2013.[1] Supporters turned in nearly 71,000 signatures, though the secretary of state's office confirmed that only 58,291 of these proved to be valid.[2]

Supporters of an initiated constitutional amendment submitted sufficient valid signatures prior to the state's filing deadline, thereby landing the Oregon Equal Rights for Women Initiative on the ballot. At least 15 other citizen initiatives had the potential to appear on the November general election ballot. In order for this to happen, supporters had to collect and submit the required number of valid signatures - 116,284 for amendments and 87,213 for statutes - by the July 3, 2014, filing deadline. Only three measures submitted signatures by the deadline. They all submitted signatures significantly exceeding the required amount, which means they will all likely be certified for the November ballot.

Issues that are currently scheduled to appear on the ballot include:

Historical facts

  • Since 1996, an average of 12 measures have appeared annually on the ballot in Oregon. Therefore, 2014 is a below-average year.
  • The number of measures on statewide ballots since 1996 has ranged from two to 32.
  • Since 1996, 75 of 161, or 47 percent, of Oregon ballot measures have been approved by voters.
  • Conversely, 86 of 161, or 53 percent, of measures have been defeated.

On the ballot

See also: 2014 ballot measures

November 4:

Type Title Subject Description
LRCA SJR 1 Education Amends Oregon Constitution to create fund for Oregonians pursuing post-secondary education; authorizes debt to finance
LRCA SJR 203 Judiciary Allows judges to be hired by the National Guard and public universities; allows school employees to serve in the legislature
VR Alternative Driver Licenses Referendum Immigration Allows for a popular vote on Senate Bill 833
CICA Equal Rights for Women Initiative Civil Rights Guarantees political equality for women

Potential measures

Type Title Subject Description
CISS Mandatory Labeling of GMOs Initiative Business Mandates labeling of certain foodstuffs that contain genetically modified organisms
CISS Legalized Marijuana Initiative Marijuana Legalizes marijuana in the state
CISS Open Primary Initiative Elections Creates a top-two system election system

Not on the ballot

See also: Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
Type Title Subject Description Result
CICA/CISS Inheritance Tax Exemption Initiative Taxes Prohibits taxes or other penalties on giving between family members, including inheritances Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
CICA Natural Individual Rights Amendment Civil Rights Declares that natural individuals have more rights than other groups Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
CICA Recreational Cannabis Amendment Marijuana Amends state constitution to legalize recreational marijuana Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
CICA No Dues Collection by Government Amendment Labor Prohibits payroll deductions from public employees to/on behalf of any public employee union Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
CICA No Restrictions on Payroll Deductions Amendment Labor Prohibits restricting employer/employee negotiations for payroll deductions Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
CICA Genome Ownership and Open Source Data Amendment Property Declares that natural individuals own their own genome; makes genetic code open source data Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
CICA Prohibition on Public Funding of Abortions Amendment Abortion Prohibits using public funds to pay for abortion procedures Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
CICA State Bank Amendment Banking Establishes state-owned banking; requires deposit of all state and local money in that bank Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
CICA Same-Sex Marriage Amendment Marriage & Family Allows same-sex marriage within the state Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
CICA Lottery Funds for Veterans Amendment Lottery Allocates five percent of the state lottery net proceeds to finance veterans' services fund Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
CICA County Allocation of Lottery Proceeds Amendment Lottery Allocates 50 percent of state lottery proceeds to counties Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
CISS Voter Approval of Employee Rights Changes Initiative Labor Requires voter approval of restrictions on designated employee rights Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
CISS Petition Initiative Direct Democracy Changes laws governing direct democracy; authorizes lawsuits challenging disqualified signatures Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
CISS Affordable Renewable Energy Act Energy Removes conditional limitations on use of hydroelectric power to comply with utilities' renewable portfolio standards Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
CISS Public Employee Choice Act Labor and unions Prohibits requiring union membership as condition of public employment; prohibits requiring "fair share" fee payments Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
CISS Protect Religious Freedom Initiative Religion Protects religious beliefs oppose same-sex marriage from participating in such ceremonies Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
CISS Get Government Out of Politics Act Labor and unions Prohibits public employee payroll deductions to unions if money used as/combined with political funds Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
CISS Minimum Corporation Taxes Initiative Taxes Modifies the annual minimum taxation of corporations Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
CISS Corporate Excise Tax Increase Initiative Taxes Increases corporate excise tax rate Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
CISS Income Tax Rate Increase Initiative Taxes Increases income taxes for higher-income brackets Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
CISS Nonprofit Hospital Executive Compensation Cap Initiative Healthcare Limits nonprofit hospital executive compensation to 15 times the wage of the lowest paid employee Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
CISS Uniform and Reasonable Hospital Rates Initiative Healthcare Requires hospitals to set uniform and reasonable rates Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
CISS Display of Hospital Inpatient Services Prices Initiative Healthcare Requires hospitals to display prices for specified inpatient services Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
CISS Oregon Hospital Minimum Charity Care Initiative Healthcare Requires hospitals to provide charity care equaling at least five percent of their net patient revenues Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
CISS Hospital Quality of Care Information Initiative Healthcare Requires hospitals to post comparative quality of care information on their websites and in facilities Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
CISS Privatization of Liquor Sales Initiative Alcohol Privatizes liquor sales and allows 10,000 square foot stores to stock liquor on shelves Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
CISS Trapping Ban Initiative Hunt & Fish Bans trapping, poisoning animals; trading in fur/body parts of trapped animals; body-gripping traps Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
CISS Resident Self-Defense Against Intruders Initiative Law Enforcement Allows for use of deadly force against trespassers and eliminate liability for adult trespasser's injury Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
CISS Tom McCall Day Initiative Culture Designates March 22 as "Tom McCall Day" to commemorate life and achievements of the former governor Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
CISS Right to Vote on New Taxes Initiative Taxes Requires majority approval for imposing or increasing taxes over specified amounts Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
CISS Unified Primary Elections Initiative Elections Creates a top-two election system with approval voting in the primary Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
CISS Recreational Cannabis Tax Act Taxes Creates commission to regulate taxation, sale, etc. of marijuana Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
LRCA Property Value Reset Amendment Taxes Resets a property’s taxable value whenever it was sold Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
LRCA Local Property Tax Levies Amendment Taxes Allows local voters to pass property tax levies that exceed current statewide limits Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
LRCA Death Penalty Repeal Amendment Death Penalty Removes capital punishment from the Oregon constitution Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot


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