Oregon Water and Power Board, Measure 19 (1926)

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The Oregon Water and Power Board Amendment, also known as Measure 19, was on the November 2, 1926 ballot in Oregon as an initiated constitutional amendment, where it was defeated. The measure would have created the Oregon Water and Power Board with the power to conserve, develop, store and distribute electric energy and water for irrigation and domestic purposes.[1]

See Energy policy in Oregon for a full explanation of energy policy across the state.

Election results

Oregon Measure 19 (1926)
Defeatedd No147,09280.64%
Yes 35,313 19.36%

Election results via: Oregon Blue Book

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

Initiative Measure - Proposed by Initiative Petition

Initiated by Housewives' Council, Inc.: Josephine M. Othus, Mary A. Dean, Clara M. Simonton - OREGON WATER AND POWER BOARD DEVELOPMENT MEASURES - Creating the Oregon Water and Power Board of five elective members; appointing first members, board filling vacancies; giving state board full authority for conservation, development, storage, distribution of electric energy and water for irrigation and domestic purposes; authorizing state bonds issued not exceeding five per centum of assessed state valuation; bonds issued to pay interest or principal of outstanding bonds; issuance of interest hearing state public utility certificates; paying principal or interest of bonds from state general fund with repayment from bond fund; taxes levied to provide such moneys; appropriating $250,000 from general fund returnable from water and power revolving fund.
Vote YES or NO.

336. Yes, I vote for the proposed law

337. No, I vote against the proposed law


Path to the ballot

Measure 19 was filed in the office of the Secretary of State by the Housewives' Council, Inc. on July 1, 1926.[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.