Oregon Lottery Funds for Natural Resources Amendment, Measure 76 (2010)

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An Oregon Lottery Funds for Natural Resources Amendment, Measure 76 (temporarily titled as Initiative 70) was on the November 2, 2010 ballot in Oregon as an initiated constitutional amendment where it was approved.[1]

The proposed measure called for continuing lottery funding for parks, beaches, wildlife habitats, wastershed protection that were set to expire in 2014.[2]

The Oregon Secretary of State certified the measure for the ballot on July 28, 2010 after verifying that supporters had exceeded the 110,358 minimum valid signature requirement.[3]

Election results

See also: 2010 ballot measure election results
Measure 76 (Lottery Funds for Natural Resources)
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 972,477 69.22%
No432,43430.78%

Source: Oregon Secretary of State.

Text of measure

Title

The certified ballot title for Measure 76 was:[4]

Amends Constitution: Continues lottery funding for parks, beaches, wildlife habitat, watershed protection beyond 2014; modifies funding process.

Result of "Yes" Vote: “Yes” vote continues constitutional dedication of 15 percent of lottery proceeds for parks, beaches, wildlife habitat, and watershed protection beyond 2014. Modifies funding process, allocations.

Result of "No" Vote: “No” vote retains current constitutional provision dedicating 15 percent of lottery proceeds to parks, beaches, wildlife, and watershed protection through 2014. Continuation requires voter approval.

Summary

According to the description prepared by the Oregon Secretary of State:[4]

Under current constitutional provision, 15 percent of net lottery proceeds are placed in a Parks and Natural Resources Fund, half for state parks, beaches, historic sites and recreation areas, and half for restoration and protection of natural resources, including fish and wildlife habitat and protection of watersheds. Currently, funding ends after 2014 unless voters approve continuation beyond that date. The proposed measure continues 15 percent funding for the same purposes beyond 2014. State agencies receiving monies from the Fund are required to use the money only for the specified purposes. The proposed measure also identifies eligible grant recipients and establishes minimum allocation levels of grant funding for local and regional park projects that protect and restore fish and wildlife habitats, and protect watersheds. Other provisions.

Financial impact

The financial impact, according to the Secretary of State's office:[4]

The measure makes permanent the dedication of 15% of state lottery proceeds each year to parks and natural resources. For the year 2011 this amount is estimated to be $87 million.

The measure dedicates a minimum amount of funds for local parks.

The measure does not produce additional revenue for state government.

The measure does not require additional state or local government spending, but would require adjusting spending between programs or funding sources.

Support

Defend Oregon was the main campaign in support of Measure 76. According to its statement of organization, the committee opposed Measure 73 along with supporting Measures 70 and 71[5].

Donors

The following is a list of donors in support of Measure 76[6].

Contributor Amount
Oregonians for Water, Parks, and Wildlife $500,000
Oregon AFSCME Council 75 $205,000
SEIU Local 503 $60,000
Voting Matters $59,200
American Federation of Teachers-Oregon Issue PAC $55,000

Opposition

There were no registered committees in opposition to Measure 76 according to records with the Oregon Secretary of State[7].

Media editorial positions

See also: Endorsements of Oregon ballot measures, 2010

Support

  • The Oregonian supported Measure 76. In an editorial the board said, "We wish that Oregonians had an opportunity Nov. 2 to approve a single measure that both extended the dedicated funding for parks and allowed the money to be used in other ways during true emergencies...There are years, like this one, when this state must marshal all its resources to support schools and the most vulnerable Oregonians. But year in and year out, Oregon absolutely must take care of the things that make living here special. Vote yes on Measure 76."[8]
  • The Mail Tribune supported Measure 76. The editorial board said, "Ordinarily, we would be among the first to beat the drum for Ballot Measure 76, which would continue devoting 15 percent of Oregon Lottery proceeds to parks, beaches, streams and wildlife habitat beyond 2014. But these are not ordinary times. The state faces a severe budget crisis, exactly the wrong time to be talking about dedicated funding for any purpose, no matter how popular. Still, we recommend a yes vote on Measure 76 — with some important conditions." Some of the conditions the board recommended included referred amendments to the 2011 ballot that would make room for emergency situations when funds can't be diverted to parks, beaches, streams and wildlife habitats.[9]
  • The Register-Guard supported Measure 76: "The sponsors have agreed to support future legislation that would mitigate the budgetary impact during periods of financial hardship."[10]
  • The Daily Astorian supported Measure 76. "Yes. The Oregonian has observed, this ballot measure "goes to the very soul of Oregon." Amen to that," said the editorial board.[11]
  • The Wallowa County Chieftain supported Measure 76. The editorial board said, "It is unfortunate that conservation groups have forced this issue at this time. Legislative leaders plan next year to refer to the voters a measure that would divert dedicated funds during economic crises. Conservation groups as well as recreation oganizations and watershed councils that promote Measure 76 have promised not to oppose those amendments."[12]

Opposition

  • The World was opposed to Measure 76. "Sometimes a good idea comes wrapped in a faulty ballot measure. When that happens, voters either can say yes and hope for future repairs, or say no and wait for a better option...Whether Measure 76 passes or not, state legislative leaders reportedly plan to send voters a referendum to patch up its flaws. Supporters say voters should pass Measure 76 now, then fix it in the next election. But knowingly passing a bad law -- especially a constitutional amendment -- is rarely a good idea. Voters should reject Measure 76. Then the Legislature should put a better version on the next ballot. That's the one voters should pass."[13]

Path to the ballot

See also: Oregon signature requirements and 2010 ballot measure petition signature costs

Petitions for an initiated constitutional amendment required eight percent of 1,379,475, or 110,358 signatures. The deadline for filing signatures for the November 2, 2010 ballot was July 2, 2010.

According to reports, initiative supporters filed 31,477 signatures as of March 31.[14] In May 2010 reports indicated that a total of 50,243 signatures were collected.[15]

Of the first batch of signatures (31,128) election official rejected 12,596 signatures, about 40%, because the forms that were used during the petition process were improperly printed. According to the secretary of state a printing malfunction omitted form numbers and some language from the sheets. Those forms, said state officials, shouldn't have been used.[16]

According to July reports, supporters submitted a grand total of 192,678 signatures by deadline day, July 2.[17][18] The Secretary of State's office had 30 days to verify the names.[19]

On July 28 the secretary of state announced that the initiative exceeded the minimum requirement and qualified for the November 2 general election ballot.[20]

Signature gatherers indicted

On September 23, 2010 Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown and Attorney General John Kroger announced that two signature gatherers were indicted on fraud charges. Mia Baggenstos and Kelvin Moore were indicted in Multnomah County Circuit Court.[21] Both Baggenstos and Moore worked for PCI Consultants Inc., a California based signature gathering firm. "During the process, our vendor immediately notified the secretary of state’s office of potential irregularities in her signatures, and the campaign began working with the secretary of state," said Josh Alpert, a campaign manager for Measure 67.[22]

Baggenstos, 23 of Portland, Oregon, was indicted on six counts of knowingly making false statements between April 23 and April 26. Specifically, the indictment included the submission of the names of six dead people. She also faced one count of aggravated identity theft. Moore, 47 of Scottsdale, Arizona, was indicted on two counts of knowingly making false statements on May 30, 2010. According to the indictment Moore was charged with falsely certifying that he was present when every person signed the initiative and verifying that every person was a qualified Oregon voter.[22]

According to Secretary of State Brown the fraud indictments did not call into question if the initiative should have qualified for the ballot.[23] In response to the charges, Attorney General Kroger said, "Voters need to have faith in the integrity of our elections process. These crimes will be prosecuted aggressively."[22]

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References

  1. The Argus Observer,"Oregon approves five of seven ballot measures," November 5, 2010
  2. Oregon Public Broadcasting,"Measure 76: Should We Continue To Use Lottery Funds To Support Parks And Wildlife Projects?," October 25, 2010
  3. The Register-Guard,"Lottery funds measure makes November ballot," July 29, 2010
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Oregon Secretary of State,"Measure 76 text," retrieved October 25, 2010
  5. ORESTAR "Statement of Organization-Defend Oregon", Accessed October 26, 2010
  6. ORESTAR "Committee Detail-Defend Oregon", Accessed October 26, 2010
  7. ORESTAR "Proposition Committee Search", Accessed October 26, 2010(Search 2010, General Election, Measure 76)
  8. The Oregonian,"Keep Oregon green: Yes on Measure 76," September 19, 2010
  9. Mail Tribune,"Measure 76: Yes, but ...," October 1, 2010
  10. Register-Guard, "Summary of recommendations", October 18, 2010
  11. The Daily Astorian,"Ballot Measure 76," October 19, 2010
  12. Wallowa County Chieftain,"EDITORIAL: The state ballot measures: our recommendations," October 14, 2010
  13. The World,"Parks? Good. Measure 76? Bad.," October 7, 2010
  14. The Oregonian,"So far, three Oregon initiatives look likely to qualify for ballot," April 15, 2010
  15. The Oregonian,"Oregon initiative petitioning gearing up, but few may make ballot," May 17, 2010
  16. Willamette Week Online,"Elections Officials Rejected Thousands of Signatures in Lottery Dollar Campaign," June 3, 2010
  17. Blue Oregon,"Signatures turned in for fall ballot measures," July 3, 2010
  18. The Statesman Journal,"Ballot proposals address marijuana, prisons, casino," July 3, 2010
  19. The Oregonian,"Six citizen initiatives may make Oregon's November ballot," July 2, 2010
  20. Statesman Journal,"Lottery aid for parks on ballot in November," July 29, 2010
  21. Portland Business Journal,"Oregon AG indicts signature gatherers," September 23, 2010
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 The Oregonian,"Two Oregon Measure 76 petition workers indicted on charges of fraud," September 23, 2010
  23. Oregon Public Broadcasting,"Two Indicted In Oregon Initiative Fraud Charges," September 23, 2010