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Oregon 1912 ballot measures
- Three of the measures were veto referendums.
- Twenty of the measures were initiated state statutes.
- Eight of the measures were initiated constitutional amendments.
- Six of the measures were legislatively-referred constitutional amendments.
- Eleven of the measures were approved and twenty-six were defeated.
On the ballot
|Measure 1||Suffrage||Grants women the right to vote in Oregon|
|Measure 2||State Exec||Creates the Office of Lieutenant Governor and provides for a line of succession to the governorship|
|Measure 3||Taxes||Provides for a uniform rate of taxation, except on property, and provides for the levying and collecting of taxes for county and municipal purposes|
|Measure 4||Taxes||Permits taxes to be levied upon different classes of property of different rates and provides that taxation must be uniform within each separate class|
|Measure 5||Taxes||Repeals counties abilities to regulate taxation and prohibits the legislature’s ability to declare an emergency to pass laws regarding taxation|
|Measure 6||Direct Democracy||Requires a majority of all electors, rather than a majority of those voting, for the adoption of any constitutional amendment via the ballot|
|Measure 7||Banking||Makes stockholders liable to pay depositors an amount equal to their held stock and what they originally paid for the stock|
|VR||Measure 8||Business||Vests the Railroad Commission with power and jurisdiction to supervise and regulate every public service corporation and utility in Oregon|
|CISS||Measure 9||Local Gov't||Creates the County of Cascade from Clackamas County|
|CISS||Measure 10||Taxes||Establishes a statewide six-tenths of a mill tax and creates a single Board of Regents for the University and Agricultural College|
|Measure 11||Direct Democracy||Requires a majority of all electors, rather than a majority of those voting, for the adoption of any law via the ballot|
|CISS||Measure 12||Bonds||Authorizes any count to issue bonds for road construction|
|CISS||Measure 13||Admin of Gov't||Creates a State Highway Department with an annual appropriation not exceeding $12,000 and authorizes the appointment of a State Highway Engineer at an annual salary of $3,600|
|CISS||Measure 14||Admin of Gov't||Moves the effective date of the creation of the State Printing Board from January 1, 1915 to December 1, 1912 and fixes the State Printer’s salary at $4,000 and the Secretary of the Board’s salary at $2,000|
|CISS||Measure 15||Admin of Gov't||Creates the Office of Hotel Inspector|
|CISS||Measure 16||Labor||Mandates no more than an eight-hour workday for public employees|
|CISS||Measure 17||Business||Regulates and supervises corporations selling or negotiating the selling of corporate stocks and securities, requires such corporations to obtain state licenses prior to any sales or negotiations and establishes a corporation department with an annual salary for the commissioner set at $3,000|
|CISS||Measure 18||Prisons||Prohibits private firm’s from employing prisoners at the State Penitentiary|
|CISS||Measure 19||Prisons||Prohibits private firm’s from employing county, city or town prisoners|
|CISS||Measure 20||Admin of Gov't||Creates the State Road Board, authorizes this board to sell bonds for building public roads and creates the office of State Highway Commissioner|
|Measure 21||Transportation||Limitation on maximum permissible amount of state road indebtedness|
|CISS||Measure 22||Local Gov't||Authorizes the respective counties of the State of Oregon to issue twenty-year bonds for building roads within the county|
|Measure 23||Gov't Finances||Restricts counties from increasing their indebtedness for road building in excess of 2% of the taxable property within the county|
|CISS||Measure 24||Local Gov't||Legalizes municipal consolidations and provides methods for the creation and organization of new counties and municipalities|
|Measure 25||Taxes||Provides for a graduated or progressive income tax|
|CISS||Measure 26||Taxes||Exempts household furniture, goods and personal objects from taxation|
|CISS||Measure 27||Taxes||Exempts all debts, public stocks and securities, bonds, warrants and moneys due to the state from taxation|
|CISS||Measure 28||Taxes||Revises the state inheritance tax, reclassifies rates, and places administrative matters relative to the inheritance tax within the State Tax Commission’s jurisdiction|
|CISS||Measure 29||Transportation||Regulates freight rates and bases such rates on carload type and weight|
|Measure 30||Local Gov't||Empowers county courts to issue and sell bonds or other securities to build and maintain roads within the county when approved by a majority of the voters of the county|
|Measure 31||Admin of Gov't||Abolishes the State Senate, mandates that the State House of Representatives consist of 60 members and that the Governor and unsuccessful party candidates for Governor are to be ex officio members and institutes a proxy system of voting on bills|
|Measure 32||Taxes||Provides for graduated taxes upon all franchises, lands and other natural resources in excess of $10,000 and exempts all personal property from taxation|
|CISS||Measure 33||Death Penalty||Abolishes the death penalty in the Oregon|
|CISS||Measure 34||Labor||Prohibits boycotting or picketing any industry, workshop, store, business or factory|
|CISS||Measure 35||Property||Prohibits the use of public streets, parks and lands, in any city or town with a population of 5,000 or over, for holding meetings without a written permit from the mayor|
|VR||Measure 36||Gov't Finances||Appropriates $175,000 for building and maintaining an administration building and $153,259 for the purchase of land and equipment, making repairs and improvements and paying salaries of employees at the University of Oregon|
|VR||Measure 37||Gov't Finances||Appropriates $175,000 for the construction and furnishing of a modern fire-proof library and museum at the University of Oregon|
- Oregon Blue Book Initiative, Referendum and Recall: 1912-1914
- Oregon State Constitution
- State of Oregon Official Voters' Pamphlet 1912
- Morning Oregonian, “Advice on Initiative and Referendum Measures”, October 23, 1912
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