Oregon's legislative session approaches, nearly 300 bills proposed
The 2012 legislative session in the state of Oregon marks the first annual session. In past years, lawmakers have met every other year. According to reports, Oregon lawmakers will primarily be tackling several budgetary issues but other issues on the table include health care, education, tax credits, spending on infrastructure, foreclosures and more.
Two legislatively-referred constitutional amendments have already been certified to appear on the upcoming November 2012 ballot but the window remains open for more certifications.
|Measure 77||Admin of gov't||Revision to responses to catastrophic disasters; requires approval by a 2/3rds majority|
|Measure 78||Admin of gov't||Changes terminology in the state Constitution for the three state gov't branches|
|Measure 79||Taxes||Would ban real estate transfer taxes.|
|CISS||Measure 80||Marijuana||Would create a cannabis commission to regulate the cultivation and sale of cannabis.|
|CISS||Measure 81||Animal rights||Bans Columbia River commercial salmon fishing with gillnets by non-tribal persons, allows seine nets instead.|
|Measure 82||Gambling||Authorizes establishment of privately-owned casinos.|
|CISS||Measure 83||Gambling||Authorizes Multnomah County casino.|
|CISS||Measure 84||Taxes||Phases out estate and inheritance taxes.|
|Measure 85||Taxes||Allocates corporate income/excise tax "kicker" refund to additionally fund K through 12 public education.|
Like legislative proposals, citizen initiatives are abundant. The deadline for filing signatures for the November 2012 ballot is July 6, 2012.. According to the Oregon Secretary of State a total of 43 initiatives have been filed as of January 1, 2012.
- Portland Business Journal, "Oregon lawmakers post 2012 bill lineup," January 30, 2012
- Statesman Journal, "Attempts at annual legislative sessions date to '70s," January 29, 2012
- Associated Press, "Oregon lawmakers have busy agenda, just 35 days to tackle budget, health care, education," January 28, 2012
- Confirmed with Oregon SOS-Elections Division via phone on 1-21-2011