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Oregon General Fund Revenues for State Courts (2010)

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Oregon General Fund Revenues for State Courts, also known as Initiatives 64, did not appear on the November 2, 2010 statewide ballot in Oregon as an initiated state statute.

As of July 2, the state's petition drive deadline, no signatures were submitted in an effort to qualify the measure for the ballot.

Ballot summary

The ballot title read as follows:[1]

Dedicates three percent of state general fund revenues each biennium to funding state court operations.

Result of "Yes" Vote: "Yes" vote dedicates three percent of General Fund revenues to state court operations (excluding public defender services, capital projects), potentially limiting funding for other services.

Result of "No" Vote: "No" vote retains current law: the Chief Justice proposes a biennial budget for the state court system; the legislature appropriates courts' funding from General Fund.

Summary: Under current law, the Chief Justice proposes the state court system's budget and requests appropriations from the legislature; legislature appropriates funding from the General Fund. Public Defense Services Commission is funded separately. Measure requires legislature to appropriate at least three percent of General Fund revenues to state court operations; potentially limits revenues available for other government services. "General fund revenues" includes personal and corporate income tax revenues, excludes revenues otherwise restricted or dedicated by law. Mandatory appropriation may fund "all traditional judicial department operations," include: Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, Tax Court and Magistrate Division, circuit courts, State Court Administrator's Office, other operations; may not fund Public Defense Services Commission, capital construction projects and debt; may be used for "necessary supplies and equipment." Other provisions.

Path to the ballot

See also: Oregon signature requirements

Initiative petitions for statutes required six percent of 1,379,475, or 82,769 signatures. The deadline for filing signatures for the November 2, 2010 ballot was July 2, 2010. As of July 2 no signatures were submitted in an effort to qualify the measure for the ballot.

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