Oregon Abolition of the State Senate and Reformation of the State House, Measure 31 (1912)

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The Oregon Abolition of the State Senate and Reformation of the State House Amendment, also known as Measure 31, was on the November 5, 1912 ballot in Oregon as an initiated constitutional amendment, where it was defeated. The measure would have abolished the State Senate, mandated that the State House of Representatives consist of 60 members and that the Governor and unsuccessful party candidates for Governor are to be ex officio members and instituted a proxy system of voting on bills.[1]

Election results

Oregon Measure 31 (1912)
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No71,18369.65%
Yes 31,020 30.35%

Election results via: Oregon Blue Book

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

Proposed by Initiative Petition

For amendment of Article IV of the Constitution of Oregon abolishing the State Senate; providing none but registered voters be counted on initiative or referendum petitions; increasing State and municipal referendum powers; House of Representatives to consist of sixty elective members, and the Governor and unsuccessful party candidates for Governor to be ex officio members; Governor to introduce all appropriation bills, legislature not to increase the amounts thereof, four-year terms, annual sessions; proportional election of members; proxy system of voting on bills, and those introduced after twenty days to go to the next session; control and revocation of franchises. --- Vote YES or NO.

362. Yes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

363. No . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [2]

Path to the ballot

Measure 31 was filed in the office of the Secretary of State on July 3, 1912.[1]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Oregon State Library, "State of Oregon Official Voters' Pamphlet," accessed November 1, 2013
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.