Oregon Development of Hydroelectricity, Measure 1 (1934)

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The Oregon Development of Hydroelectricity Bill, also known as Measure 1, was on the November 6, 1934 ballot in Oregon as a veto referendum, where it was defeated, thus overturning the legislation. The measure would have authorized the state to develop hydroelectricity, created a nonpartisan commission to manage the development and allowed bonds to be issued for financing development when approved by voters.[1]

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

Election results

Oregon Measure 1 (1934)
Defeatedd No139,28352.80%
Yes 124,518 47.20%

Election results via: Oregon Blue Book

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

Referendum Ordered by Petition of the People

GRANGE POWER BILL - Purpose: To provide for the state to acquire and develop water power and hydroelectric energy, either separately or jointly with the United states, another state or states, or subdivisions thereof, or of this state, transmit, distribute, use, sell and dispose thereof at cost, and for such purpose to acquire by purchase, lease, or other legal means any property necessary or convenient therefor; all such property exempted from taxation; creating an elective nonpartisan commission of three members for managing such business; abolishing present hydroelectric commission. Bonds constituting general state obligations may be issued for financing such business only when voted by people.
Vote YES or NO

300. Yes. I vote for the proposed law.

301. No. I vote against the proposed law.


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  1. 1.0 1.1 Oregon State Library, "State of Oregon Official Voters' Pamphlet," accessed November 18, 2013
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.