Oregon Tax Exemption for Ships, Measure 2 (1916)

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The Oregon Tax Exemption for Ships Amendment, also known as Measure 2, was on the November 7, 1916 ballot in Oregon as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved. The measure exempted all ships and vessels of fifty tons or more capacity, engaged in either passenger transportation or foreign trade, from taxation until January 1, 1935.[1]

Measure 2 added Section 1(b) of Article IX of the Oregon Constitution.[2]

Election results

Oregon Measure 2 (1916)
Approveda Yes 119,652 64.66%

Election results via: Oregon Blue Book

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

Referred to the People by the Legislative Assembly

Submitted by the Legislature. - SHIP TAX EXEMPTION AMENDMENT - An amendment to Article IX of the Constitution of the State of Oregon exempting from taxation until January 1st, 1935, except taxes for State purposes only, all ships and vessels of fifty tons or more capacity, engaged in either passenger or freight coasting or foreign trade, whose home ports of registration are in the State of Oregon, for the purpose of encouraging registration of such vessels in Oregon, which would otherwise register in other States. --- Vote YES or NO.

302. Yes

303. No


Path to the ballot

Measure 2 was filed in the office of the Secretary of State on February 12, 1915 by the Legislative Assembly.[1]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Oregon State Library, "State of Oregon Official Voters' Pamphlet," accessed November 8, 2013
  2. Oregon Blue Book, "Oregon State Constitution," accessed November 8, 2013
  3. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.