Oregon Limits on Legislative Powers, Measure 4 (1928)

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The Oregon Limits on Legislative Powers Amendment, also known as Measure 4, was on the November 6, 1928 ballot in Oregon as an initiated constitutional amendment, where it was defeated. The measure would have forbidden the legislature from declaring an emergency and repealing laws approved by the people without referring the repeal to the people.[1]

Election results

Oregon Measure 3 (1928)
Defeatedd No132,96152.83%
Yes 118,696 47.17%

Election results via: Oregon Blue Book

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

Constitutional Amendment - Proposed by Initiative Petition - Vote YES or NO

Initiated by Oregon State Federation of Labor: Wm. Cooper, president, Labor temple, Portland, Oregon; Ben T. Osborne, executive secretary, Labor temple, Portland, Oregon. Oregon State Grange: Geo. A. Palmiter, master, Hood River, Oregon; Bertha T. Beck, secretary, route 3, Albany, Oregon. Order Railway Conductors: E. J. Ellingson, state legislative representative, Eugene, Oregon - LIMITING POWER OF LEGISLATURE OVER LAWS APPROVED BY THE PEOPLE - Purpose: To amend section 1 of article IV of the state constitution so as to forbid the legislature declaring an emergency and thus preventing the reference to the people by referendum petition of any legislative act which amends any law which has been approved by the people: also to forbid the legislature repealing any law which has been approved by the people without referring the repealing act to the people for their approval or rejection.

306. Yes, I vote for the proposed law.

307. No, I vote against the proposed law.


Path to the ballot

Measure 4 was filed in the office of the Secretary of State by the Oregon State Federation of Labor on July 2, 1928.[1]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Oregon State Library, "State of Oregon Official Voters' Pamphlet," accessed November 13, 2013
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.