Oregon Compensation for Printers, Measure 7 (June 1906)

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The Oregon Compensation for Printers Amendment, also known as Measure 7, was on the June 4, 1906 ballot in Oregon as an initiated constitutional amendment, where it was approved. The measure empowered the state legislature to compensate the State Printer, as devised at any time by law.[1]

Measure 7 amended Section 1 of Article XII of the Oregon Constitution.[2]

The State Printer performs all public printing for the state. Before Measure 7, the compensation paid to him or her was fixed by law and could be neither decreased or increased during the printer's four-year term. Measure 1 of 1904 was an earlier attempt to grant the legislature power over the State Printer. Measure 7 goes further by allowing the legislature to change his or her compensation at any time.

Election results

Oregon Measure 6 (1906)
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 63,749 86.95%
No9,57113.05%

Election results via: Oregon Blue Book

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

The Following Is The Number and Form in Which the Question will be Printed on the Official Ballot:

Proposed By Initiative Petition

For constitutional amendment to allow the state printing, binding, and Printer’s compensation to be regulated by law at any time. --- Vote Yes or No

312. Yes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

313. No . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [3]

Media editorial positions

Opposition

  • Daily Capital Journal said, “ “We think this law would make it possible for the legislature to pick favorite printing houses and given them the work for the state, and we don’t believe it is a good law. We believe the state should own its own printing offices, pay the state printer a salary and do away with such things as passing along the printing as the legislature may see it... We would suggest that you vote “No”."[4]

Path to the ballot

Measure 7 was filed in the office of the Secretary of State on February 3, 1906.[5]

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