Oregon Legislative Initiation of Special Sessions, Measure 1 (1970)

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The Oregon Legislative Initiation of Special Sessions Amendment, also known as Measure 1, was on the November 3, 1970 ballot in Oregon as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was defeated. The measure would have permitted the legislature to convene for special session upon concurrence of a majority of members of both the House of Representatives and Senate.[1]

Election results

Oregon Measure 1 (1970)
Defeatedd No340,10456.54%
Yes 261,428 43.46%

Election results via: Oregon Blue Book

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

1. CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT CONCERNING CONVENING OF LEGISLATURE - Purpose: Oregon Constitution provides that Legislature shall meet once every two years, or upon direction of Governor. The Constitutional Amendment would also permit the legislature to convene itself upon concurrence of a majority of members of both Houses.

“ESTIMATE OF FISCAL EFFECTS: This amendment would make it possible for the Legislative Assembly to convene itself in special session. It is impossible to estimate total costs since there is no way to predict the change in number of total days in session that might occur during a biennium. (The 1969 Regular Session incurred direct costa of approximately $12,000 per day.)”


NO □ [2]



  • State Senator W. Stan Ouderkirk[1]
  • State Representative Gordon MacPherson
  • State Representative Philip D. Lang



  • The Women’s Legislative Council[1]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Oregon State Library, "State of Oregon Official Voters' Pamphlet," accessed December 2, 2013
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.