Oregon 2008 ballot measures

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15 statewide ballot measures were on the 2008 ballot in Oregon. This included three statewide measures on a May ballot and 12 on the November 4 ballot.

On the ballot

May 20:

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Measure 51 Victims' rights Enforcement of constitutional rights of crime victims Approveda
LRCA Measure 52 Victims' rights Constitutional rights of crime victims Approveda
LRCA Measure 53 Judiciary Provisions governing civil forfeitures related to crimes Approveda

November 4:

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Measure 54 Elections Voting eligibility for school board elections Approveda
LRCA Measure 55 Legislatures Operative dates of legislative redistricting Approveda
LRCA Measure 56 Tax votes Remove supermajority requirement for approving property tax votes Approveda
LRSS Measure 57 Law enforcement Sentences for drug trafficking, theft against elderly, and specific repeat property and identity theft crimes, more. Approveda
CISS Measure 58 Education Requires english immersion for non-english speaking students Defeatedd
CISS Measure 59 Taxes Federal income taxes fully deductible on state return Defeatedd
CISS Measure 60 Education "Teacher compensation must be based on classroom performance" Defeatedd
CISS Measure 61 Judiciary "Mandatory sentences for drug dealers, identity thieves, burglars and car thieves" Defeatedd
CICA Measure 62 State budget "15% of lottery profits for crime prevention, investigation and prosecution" Defeatedd
CISS Measure 63 Property Minor improvements to property without building permit Defeatedd
CISS Measure 64 Labor Prohibit taxpayer-funded resources to collect political funds Defeatedd
CISS Measure 65 Elections Voters able to vote in all state and local partisan elections, regardless of party affiliation. Defeatedd


  • Through 2006 the total of initiatives that made the ballot in Oregon since 1904, when the process began, was 342.
  • In 2008, 8 initiatives qualified for the November ballot, which brought Oregon's historical total to 350.
  • The deadline for submitting signatures in 2008 was July 3, 2008.

Newspaper endorsements

See also: Oregon 2008 statewide measures, newspaper endorsements
Measure number 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65
Oregonian yes yes yes no no no no no no no no yes
Portland Tribune (also see [1] and [2]) yes yes yes yes no no no no no  ? no yes
Willamette Week yes yes yes yes no no no no no no no yes
Eugene Register Guard yes yes yes yes no no no no no no no yes
Salem Statesman Journal yes yes yes yes no no no no yes no no no
Bend Bulletin yes yes yes yes no no no no no no no yes
Daily Astorian yes yes yes yes no no no no no no no yes
Cascade Business News yes yes yes yes no no no no no no no yes
Corvallis Gazette Times yes yes yes no no no no no no no no yes
Yamhill Valley News Register yes yes yes no no no no no no no no yes
Southern Oregon Mail Tribune yes yes yes yes no no no no no no no yes

Didn't make ballot

Type Title Description
CISS Measure 5 Campaign Contributions Creating Conflict Of Interest
CISS Measure 6 Public Resources To Collect Political Funds
Measure 35 Privately-Owned Casino Near Portland; Creates Gaming Commission Oversight; Allocates Portion Of Casino Revenues
Measure 37 Single Privately-Owned Casino Near Portland; Allocates Percentage Of Casino Revenue To Lottery Commission
CISS Measure 44 Sentencing powers of the Juvenile Court of Oregon
CISS Measure 51 Caps on attorney fees
CISS Measure 53 Lawyers accountable for lawsuit abuses
CISS Measure 61 $100,000 plus incremental senior citizen homestead exemption act
CISS Measure 67 Collision Repair Quality Assurance Act
CICA Measure 78 Legislative supermajority required to declare emergency
CISS Measure 84 Forest restoration
CISS Measure 99 Legislative conflict of interest in public employee retirement benefits
CISS Measure 105 State Consent To Federal Land Ownership In Oregon, With Exceptions; Counties To Own Instead
CICA Measure 108 Monetary consideration for taking of human life prohibited
CISS Measure 112 Local police to work with Immigration and Customs Enforcement to deport people
CISS Measure 124 License and regulated medical marijuana supply system
CISS Measure 134 Oregon Initiative Restorative Act
CISS Measure 135 Commission to develop, generate, sell, buy, distribute electricity and renewable energy, bonds
CISS Measure 144 Repeal Laws Granting State Privileges, Immunities, Rights, Benefits, Responsibilities Of Marriage To Domestic Partners
CISS Measure 145 Remove sexual orientation from statutes listing impermissible discrimination grounds

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