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AMENDS CONSTITUTION: AUTHORIZES STATE TO GUARANTEE BONDED INDEBTEDNESS OF CERTAIN EDUCATION DISTRICTS

RESULT OF "YES" VOTE: "Yes" vote authorizes state to guarantee general obligation bonds issued by certain education districts.

RESULT OF "NO" VOTE: "No" vote retains prohibition against state guarantee of general obligation bonds issued by education districts.

SUMMARY: Constitution now generally prohibits state from creating debt over $50,000 or lending its credit. Measure amends constitution permitting state to guarantee general obligation bonded indebtedness of school districts, education service districts, community college districts. Limits amount state can guarantee to 1/2 of one percent of true cash value of taxable property in state. State may issue bonds, borrow from Common School Fund to satisfy obligation. Legislature must enact statutes authorizing state to recover from district payments made to satisfy state's guarantee of district debt.

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AMENDS CONSTITUTION: PERMITS STATE TO GUARANTEE EARNINGS ON PREPAID TUITION TRUST FUND

RESULT OF "YES" VOTE: Vote "Yes" to authorize state to guarantee earnings under tuition trust fund program.

RESULT OF "NO" VOTE: Vote "No" to refuse authorization to guarantee earnings under tuition trust fund program.

SUMMARY: Amends Constitution. Measure approval makes effective the Post-secondary Education Expense Program adopted by 1997 Legislature. Program allows payment of undergraduate tuition before enrollment at lower than highest prevailing rate at time of enrollment; establishes trust fund. Measure permits state to exceed constitutional debt limit to authorize indebtedness at 1/2 of one percent of true cash value of all property in state to guarantee minimum benefits on contributions to prepaid tuition trust fund. State may issue bonds; may borrow from Common School Fund, if necessary.

56

EXPANDS NOTICE TO LANDOWNERS REGARDING CHANGES TO LAND USE LAWS

RESULT OF "YES" VOTE: "Yes" vote requires governments to mail notice to landowners regarding changes to land use laws.

RESULT OF "NO" VOTE: "No" vote retains current notice requirements, which do not require mailed notice to landowners.

SUMMARY: Requires counties and cities to mail notices to landowners regarding changes to state, local, or metropolitan service district land use laws and regulations that limit or prohibit uses currently allowed on the landowners' property. Requires state government to reimburse counties and cities for costs of mailing notice resulting from changes to state statutes or administrative rules. Requires metropolitan service districts to reimburse counties and cities for costs of mailing notice resulting from changes in district land use regulations. Prescribes form of each notice.

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MAKES POSSESSION OF LIMITED AMOUNT OF MARIJUANA CLASS C MISDEMEANOR

RESULT OF "YES" VOTE: "Yes" vote makes possession of less than one ounce of marijuana a Class C misdemeanor.

RESULT OF "NO" VOTE: "No" vote retains statute making possession of less than one ounce of marijuana a violation.

SUMMARY: Under current Oregon law, possession of less than one ounce of marijuana is a violation, punishable by 500 to 1000 dollar fine; charges against first-time offenders may be dismissed upon completion of marijuana diversion agreement. Measure makes possession of less than one ounce of marijuana a Class C misdemeanor, punishable by up to 30 days imprisonment, plus 500 to 1000 dollar fine. Measure also makes failure to complete diversion agreement ground for six-month suspension of offender's driving privileges. Allocates $600,000 for enforcement.

58

REQUIRES ISSUING COPY OF ORIGINAL OREGON BIRTH CERTIFICATE TO ADOPTEES

RESULT OF "YES" VOTE: "Yes" vote requires issuing copy of original Oregon birth certificate to adult adoptees upon request.

RESULT OF "NO" VOTE: "No" vote retains confidentiality of original Oregon birth certificate of adoptees unless court orders disclosure.

SUMMARY: Current Oregon law provides that upon decree of adoption, a new birth certificate generally will be substituted for the original birth certificate, and the original certificate showing birth parent information will not be subject to inspection, unless a court orders disclosure. Measure would require state registrar to issue certified copy of original birth certificate to any Oregon born adopted person 21 years old or older. Establishes same procedures, filing fees and waiting periods for obtaining birth certificate copies for adopted persons as for non-adopted persons.

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AMENDS CONSTITUTION: PROHIBITS USING PUBLIC RESOURCES TO COLLECT MONEY FOR POLITICAL PURPOSES

RESULT OF "YES" VOTE: "Yes" vote prohibits using public resources to collect or help collect political funds.

RESULT OF "NO" VOTE: "No" vote rejects prohibition on using public resources to collect or help collect political funds.

SUMMARY: Amends constitution. Prohibits using "public funds" to collect or assist in collecting "political funds." "Public funds" defined to include public employee time, public property or equipment and supplies. "Political funds" defined to include any expenditure supporting or opposing a candidate, ballot measure or initiative petition. Prohibition applies even if public entities are reimbursed for use of public funds for collection. Measure would prohibit public employee payroll deduction for any entity that uses any funds deducted for political purposes or that commingles political and non-political funds.

60

REQUIRES VOTE BY MAIL IN BIENNIAL PRIMARY, GENERAL ELECTIONS

RESULT OF "YES" VOTE: "Yes" vote amends existing law to require vote by mail in biennial primary, general elections.

RESULT OF "NO" VOTE: "No" vote retains current law prohibiting vote by mail in biennial primary or general elections.

SUMMARY: Current law prohibits vote by mail for biennial primary or general elections. This proposal eliminates the prohibition and requires vote by mail for biennial primary or general elections. The proposal does not affect existing law permitting the Secretary of State and county clerk to conduct other elections either at the polls or by mail.

61

CHANGES MINIMUM SENTENCES FOR LISTED CRIMES, INCLUDING CERTAIN REPEAT OFFENSES

RESULT OF "YES" VOTE: "Yes" vote changes minimum sentences for listed crimes, including certain repeat offenses.

RESULT OF "NO" VOTE: "No" vote retains present sentencing statutes and guidelines for listed crimes, including repeat offenses.

SUMMARY: Establishes minimum sentences for crimes listed as "major crimes." Provides one to three year proportionally increased sentences for major crimes, aggravated murder or murder if person has one to three prior convictions for major crime within past 10 years. Prior juvenile court adjudications involving major crimes apply to increase sentence. Treats prior conviction for driving under influence of intoxicants as major crime if current conviction is for criminally negligent homicide using vehicle. Prohibits temporary leave or other reduction in additional prison time imposed under measure.

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AMENDS CONSTITUTION: REQUIRES CAMPAIGN FINANCE DISCLOSURES; REGULATES SIGNATURE GATHERING; GUARANTEES CONTRIBUTION METHODS

RESULT OF "YES" VOTE: "Yes" vote requires additional campaign finance disclosures; regulates signature gathering; guarantees certain contribution methods.

RESULT OF "NO" VOTE: "No" vote rejects requiring additional campaign finance disclosures, regulating signature gathering, guaranteeing certain contribution methods.

SUMMARY: Amends constitution. Existing statutes require disclosing certain campaign finances. Measure adds constitutional requirements for prompter disclosure of contributions $500 or more; more frequent disclosure of contributions/expenditures for referendum/initiative petitions. Requires disclosing entity authorizing/paying for political advertising. Legislature may regulate, prohibit paying signature gatherers if it finds practice has caused fraud, other abuses. Guarantees individuals' right to make campaign contributions using certain methods. Secretary of State must promptly publish finance reports. Prohibits payments for signing/not signing petitions. Specifies penalties. Other provisions.

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AMENDS CONSTITUTION: MEASURES PROPOSING SUPERMAJORITY VOTING REQUIREMENTS REQUIRE SAME SUPERMAJORITY FOR PASSAGE

RESULT OF "YES" VOTE: "Yes" vote allows passage of greater-than-majority voting requirements only by equally large majority.

RESULT OF "NO" VOTE: "No" vote allows simple majority to pass measures that impose greater-than-majority voting requirements.

SUMMARY: Amends constitution. Measures including a requirement for more than a majority of votes cast by the electorate to approve any change in law or government action would become effective only if approved by at least the same percentage of voters specified in that proposed voting requirement. For example, a measure imposing a 2/3 majority voting requirement to change law would require a 2/3 majority to pass. Applies to initiated, referred measures presented to voters on or after November 3, 1998, including measures on same ballot.

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PROHIBITS MANY PRESENT TIMBER HARVEST PRACTICES, IMPOSES MORE RESTRICTIVE REGULATIONS

RESULT OF "YES" VOTE:"Yes" vote adopts restrictions on timber harvest practices, including federal regulation, allows citizen-suit enforcement.

RESULT OF "NO" VOTE: "No" vote retains current regulations concerning timber harvest practices.

SUMMARY: Prohibits many present timber harvest practices, chemical herbicides, pesticides in forest. Limits size of trees that can be harvested. Covers private, state, federal forestlands. Imposes new harvest regulations including federal regulation by classifying forestland waters as "navigable." State Board of Forestry must adopt new timber harvest methods and regulations to meet new requirements. Requires state to submit new forestland water quality plan to federal Environmental Protection Agency, seek approval before permitting logging. Authorizes citizens suits to enforce new harvest restrictions or other provisions of measure.

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AMENDS CONSTITUTION: CREATES PROCESS FOR REQUIRING LEGISLATURE TO REVIEW ADMINISTRATIVE RULES

RESULT OF "YES" VOTE: "Yes" vote creates process for petitioning legislature to require its review of administrative rules.

RESULT OF "NO" VOTE: "No" vote keeps system not requiring legislative approval for administrative rules to remain in effect.

SUMMARY: Amends constitution. Current law does not require legislative review of administrative rules. Measure allows voters to require legislative review of administrative rules at next regular session when petition, signed by specified number of voters, is filed listing affected rules. Rule remains effective until reviewed by legislature, but rule ceases to be in effect unless approved. If governor vetoes bill, rule is disapproved unless legislature overrides veto. If rule is not approved, state agency may adopt new rule on same issue, but legislative review is required.

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AMENDS CONSTITUTION: DEDICATES SOME LOTTERY FUNDING TO PARKS, BEACHES; HABITAT, WATERSHED PROTECTION

RESULT OF "YES" VOTE: "Yes" vote dedicates 15 percent lottery funding to parks, beaches; salmon, wildlife habitat, watershed protection.

RESULT OF "NO" VOTE: "No" vote retains system restricting state lottery funding to job creation, economic development, public education.

SUMMARY:Amends constitution. State lottery proceeds currently limited to job creation, economic development, public education. Measure dedicates 15 percent of net lottery proceeds to new fund for parks, beaches; salmon, wildlife habitat, watershed protection. Dedicates half of fund to create, maintain state parks, ocean shores, public beach access areas, historic sites, recreation areas. Dedicates other half for single agency to administer funds to protect native salmon, wildlife habitat, watersheds, using at least 65 percent for capital expenditures. Requires biennial audits, voter renewal in 2014. Other provisions.

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ALLOWS MEDICAL USE OF MARIJUANA WITHIN LIMITS; ESTABLISHES PERMIT SYSTEM

RESULT OF "YES" VOTE: "Yes" vote allows medical use of marijuana within specified limits; establishes state-controlled permit system.

RESULT OF "NO" VOTE: "No" vote retains Oregon criminal, civil forfeiture laws prohibiting possession, delivery and production of marijuana.

SUMMARY: Oregon statutes currently prohibit possession, delivery, production of marijuana. Measure allows engaging in, assisting medical use of marijuana, within specified limits.

Requires medical use be necessary to mitigate symptoms, effects of debilitating medical condition, including cancer, glaucoma, AIDS, HIV, multiple sclerosis, others. Establishes state permit system requiring physician's written proof. Within specified limitations, exempts permit holder or applicant from marijuana criminal statutes; authorizes criminal charge defense for medical use without permit.

Limits amounts of usable marijuana, number of plants that may be possessed. Other provisions.

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