Oregon Genome Ownership and Open Source Data Amendment (2014)

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The Oregon Genome Ownership and Open Source Data Amendment did not make the November 2014 statewide ballot as an initiated constitutional amendment. The measure would have declared that natural individuals own their own genome and make genetic code open source data. The proposed initiative was not approved for circulation prior to the signature gathering deadline, making it impossible to be placed on the 2014 ballot. For more information, see the path to the ballot section of this page.[1][2][3]

Text of measure

Ballot title

The certified ballot title reads as:[2]

Amends Constitution: Declares that natural individuals shall own their own genome; makes genetic code open source data[4]

Constitutional changes

If approved, the proposed initiative would have placed the following language in a new section of Article I of the Oregon Constitution:[3]

Natural individuals shall own their own genome, or DNA sequencing data, and all genetic code is open source data, which, subject to personal privacy, shall be shared for the benefit of all. [4]

Support

Douglas Paul Stanford was the chief petitioner for this proposed constitutional amendment.[1]

Path to the ballot

See also: Oregon signature requirements & Amending the Oregon Constitution

The measure was filed with the Oregon Secretary of State on August 2, 2013. The measure was not approved for circulation before the signature gathering deadline. Supporters would have had to gather 116,284 valid signatures by July 3, 2014 to qualify for the ballot. Due to the inability to circulate the petition and the nearing signature deadline, this measure could not attempt to make the November 2014 ballot.[1]

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