Oregon Ballot Measure 45, Term Limits (2006)
The measure would have prohibited any person from serving more than six years in the Oregon House of Representatives, eight years in the Oregon State Senate, or a total of more than 14 years in the Oregon Legislative Assembly, and included language granting standing to individuals and nonprofit entities in any lawsuit arising from enforcement of its provisions.
- Election results from Oregon Blue Book website, accessed December 13, 2013
Text of measure
The official ballot title for Measure 45 was:
The official ballot summary was:
Amends Constitution. Existing law does not limit the number of years or terms that a person may serve in the Oregon legislature. This measure provides that no person shall serve more than six years in the House of Representatives, eight years in the Senate, and no more than a total of 14 years in the Oregon legislature. Includes all years of legislative service before measure's effective date, but legislators duly elected on or before January 1, 2007, shall be allowed to complete their terms of office. Prohibits current legislators from seeking re-election if service will cause that person to exceed limits. Measure confers standing to enforce limits on all persons residing in Oregon and nonprofit business entities doing business in Oregon. Severability provision. Other provisions.
The official estimated financial impact statement was:
The full text of the constitutional amendment proposed by Measure 45 was:
WHEREAS: Limiting the terms of legislators expands opportunities for public service, reduces the influence of lobbyists and the power of incumbency in elections, and encourages fresh energy and ideas through varied public representation, and;
WHEREAS: The People of Oregon overwhelmingly approved term limits with 70% of the vote in 1992, but those term limits were overturned in 2000 under a legal technicality;
The following amendment shall be added to the Oregon Constitution:
No person shall serve more than six years in the Oregon House of Representatives, eight years in the Oregon Senate, or more than a total of fourteen years in the Legislative Assembly. Accordingly, no person shall be placed upon a ballot for an elected office or appointed to such office, if being elected or appointed could cause that person to exceed these limits.
These limits shall include all previous years of service in the Legislative Assembly. Notwithstanding, any person duly elected or appointed to an office in the Legislative Assembly on or before January 1, 2007 shall be allowed to finish that specific term of office.
If any part of this amendment is held to be invalid for any reason, then the remaining parts shall not be affected but shall remain in full force and effect. Any person residing in Oregon or nonprofit business entity doing business in Oregon shall have standing to enforce this amendment.
In 2002, the Oregon Supreme Court struck down, on procedural grounds, similar term limits, which had been enacted by passage of Oregon Ballot Measure 3 (1992) and had passed by a more than 2-to-1 margin.
Of the $1.25 million spent in support of Measure 45, a majority came from U.S. Term Limits.
The $85,000 raised to oppose Measure 45 came from Oregon-based lobbyists and labor groups.
Newspaper editorial boards in initiative states for the most part object to term limits. There was no exception to that in Oregon in 2006.
Donors to the campaign for the measure:
- Restore Oregons Term Limits Committee: $2,035,844
- Rainy Day Amendment Committee: $1,308,224
- Total: $3,344,068
Donors to the campaign against the measure:
- Oregonians for Voter Choice: $404,253
- School Employees Exercising Democracy: $352,398
- Nurses United PAC: $314,430
- Elections Are Term Limits: $192,403
- Oregon Public Employees Union PAC: $76,962
- Parents Education Association PAC: $34,154
- International Union of Operating Engineers Local 701 PAC: $718
- Total: $1,375,319
- Overall Total: $4,719,387
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- Oregon Secretary of State Measure 45 voter guide, including summary, fiscal statement, arguments for and against and more
- Wikipedia's article on Oregon ballot measure 45
- 2006 Election Results
- 2006 Voter Guide
- 2006 Ballot Measure Details
- Now defunct Oregon Term Limits '06 campaign website on Internet Archive
- No on 45 campaign website
- Restore Oregon Term Limits Committee The Secretary of State's official recordings about the campaign.
- The "Yes on 45" campaign finance filings
- Measure 45, Voters' Pamphlet, Oregon Secretary of State for November 2006
- Oregon Blue Book website, accessed December 13, 2013
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Oregon Secretary of State, Measure 45 voter guide, accessed December 13, 2013
- Oregon Secretary of State, Measure 45 voter guide, Measure Text, accessed December 13, 2013
- "Oregon’s wild ride with term limits," The Oregonian, November 2, 2006
- "Term-limit democracy: Voters aren't required," The Oregonian, October 9, 2006
- "Don’t be fooled (again) by lure of term limits," Salem Statesman Journal, October 14, 2006
- "Reject Term Limits," Eugene Register-Guard, September 30, 2006
- Follow the money, "Donors
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