Senate Joint Resolution 41—Referred to the Electorate of Oregon by the Legislative Assembly of the 2010 Special Session to be voted on at the General Election, November 2, 2010.
Amends Constitution: Requires legislature to meet annually; limits length of legislative sessions; provides exceptions.
Result of “yes” vote
“Yes” vote requires Legislative Assembly to meet each year, limits regular sessions to 160 days in odd-numbered years and 35 days in even-numbered years, and allows five-day extensions by two-thirds vote.
Result of “no” vote
“No” vote retains current law, requiring regular sessions of Legislative Assembly only in odd-numbered years, with no limit on length of sessions.
The Oregon Constitution currently requires legislative sessions to be held biennially. Current law permits the Legislative Assembly to meet without a limit on the length of session. This measure requires the Legislative Assembly to meet each year, limits regular sessions to 160 calendar days in odd-numbered years and 35 calendar days in evennumbered years, and allows regular session to be extended by five days with an affirmative vote of two-thirds of the members of each chamber.
Estimate of Financial Impact
The direct effect of the measure on state or local government expenditures or revenues will not exceed $100,000.