Ballot Measure 45 amends the Oregon Constitution to add a new section limiting the number of years that a person can serve as a state Representative, the number of years that a person can serve as a state Senator, and the total number of years that a person can serve in the Oregon Legislative Assembly as either a state Representative or a state Senator.
Existing law does not limit the number of years or the number of terms that a person may serve in the Oregon House of Representatives, in the Oregon Senate or in the Oregon Legislative Assembly.
Ballot Measure 45 prohibits any person from serving more than six years as a state Representative or more than eight years as a state Senator. The measure prohibits any person from serving a total of more than 14 years in the Legislative Assembly.
Ballot Measure 45 prohibits the placement of any person on a ballot for an elected office, or the appointment of any person to the office, if the election or appointment of the person could cause the person to exceed the limitations imposed by the measure.
Ballot Measure 45 applies to all years of legislative service before the effective date of the measure. However, the measure allows any person who is duly elected or appointed as a legislator before January 1, 2007, to complete the term of office to which the person was elected or appointed.
Ballot Measure 45 confers standing for enforcement of the measure's provisions on any person residing in Oregon and any nonprofit business entity doing business in Oregon.
Committee Members: / Appointed by:
Paul R. Farago / Chief Petitioners
Eric Winters / Chief Petitioners
Ken Allen / Secretary of State
Beth Burczak / Secretary of State
Phil Keisling / Members of the Committee
(This committee was appointed to provide an impartial explanation of the ballot measure pursuant to ORS 251.215.)