Oregon State Proceeds from Forfeited Property, Measure 1 (June 1989)

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The Oregon State Proceeds from Forfeited Property Amendment, also known as Measure 1, was on the June 27, 1989 ballot in Oregon as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved. The measure permitted the state to utilize proceeds from forfeited property as determined by the Legislative Assembly. Prior, all proceeds were constitutionally required to be placed in the Common School Fund.[1]

Election results

Oregon Measure 1 (June 1989)
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 340,506 70.62%
No141,64929.38%

Election results via: Oregon Blue Book

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

1. REMOVES CONSTITUTIONAL LIMITATION ON USE OF PROPERTY FORFEITED TO STATE
QUESTION: Shall Oregon Constitution be amended to permit Legislative Assembly to determine use of proceeds from property forfeited to the state?

EXPLANATION: Amends Oregon Constitution. The Constitution now requires that proceeds from property forfeited to the state must be placed in the Common School Fund. The existing provision also has the effect, under current federal law, of depriving the state of potential revenue for law enforcement purposes from federal property forfeiture laws. This amendment removes the constitutional requirement that proceeds of property forfeited to the state to be placed in the Common School Fund.

ESTIMATE OF FINANCIAL EFFECT: The state currently collects $600,000 per biennium in drug forfeiture proceeds through a federal program. The money is now used for law enforcement. This constitutional amendment allows the state to continue receiving those federal drug forfeiture proceeds. Without this constitutional amendment, the state could not participate in the federal program. Other kinds of forfeiture proceeds are dedicated to the Common School Fund by statute and are not directly affected.

YES □

NO □ [2]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Oregon State Library, "State of Oregon Official Voters' Pamphlet," accessed December 6, 2013
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.