Oregon Property Protection Amendment, Measure 53 (May 2008)

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Oregon Property Protection Amendment, Measure 53 was on the May 20, 2008 ballot in Oregon as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment. It was very narrowly approved. Measure 52 dealt with forfeiture of property related to a crime.

Election results

Measure 53
Approveda Yes 490,158 50.03%

Vote totals were so close in the May vote that a recount was required.[1]

Election results from Oregon Blue Book website

Text of measure

Ballot title

The official ballot title for Measure 53 was:

Amends Constitution: Modifies provisions governing civil forfeitures related to crimes; permits use of proceeds by law enforcement.[2]

Partial summary

Measure 53's official ballot summary said in part:

Oregon's Constitution generally requires that property may be forfeited only if the owner is convicted of crime involving the property. Constitution currently prohibits use of proceeds for law enforcement purposes. Measure would allow civil forfeiture of property for crimes that are substantially similar to crime of conviction. Measure would permit forfeiture without conviction if the person took property with intent to defeat forfeiture, knew or should have known that the property constituted proceeds or instrumentality of criminal conduct, or acquiesced in criminal conduct. The measure requires proof by preponderance of evidence to forfeit personal property, and by clear and convincing evidence to forfeit real property. The measure provides an exemption for forfeiture of animals. The measure would allow using forfeiture proceeds for law enforcement purposes.[3][2]

Full text

The full text of the constitutional changes approved by Measure 53 are available here.

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  1. OregonLive.com: "Recount shows Oregon Measure 53 passes," Oregon Live, June 27, 2008
  2. 2.0 2.1 Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  3. Oregon State Voter's Guide, accessed December 12, 2013