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Saturday, July 3, 2010

Casinos, Cash and Crime, Oh My! Six Initiatives Turned in Sigs for November Ballot

Posted by Sarah Mirk on Sat, Jul 3, 2010 at 10:29 AM

Ah, this circus again.

Friday was the deadline for initiative and referendum groups to turn in their petitions and get on the November ballot. So who actually turned in the stacks of signatures? There's a refreshing lack of Sizemore in this year's pile, but there's still a couple stinkers. We'll have an article rounding up the initiatives in next week's news section.

Here's the info from the Secretary of State's office on the six initiatives proposed for the ballot. The state now has to review the signatures and see if they actually gathered enough valid ones:

• Initiative Petition 13: Imposes mandatory minimum sentences for certain major felony sex crimes and driving under the influence convictions.
Needs: A statutory change requires 82,769 valid signatures to qualify for the ballot.
Status: Of the 94,870 signatures accepted for early verification in May, 70.32 percent, or 66,716, were valid. By Friday, chief petitioners had submitted sheets purported to have 46,471 additional raw signatures.

•Initiative Petition 28: Establishes medical marijuana supply system and assistance and research programs; allows limited selling of marijuana.
Needs: A statutory change requires 82,769 valid signatures to qualify for the ballot.
Status: Of 109,843 signatures accepted for early verification in May, 67.86 percent, or 74,537, were valid. By Friday, chief petitioners had submitted sheets purported to have 22,390 additional raw signatures.

• Initiative Petition 50: Amends constitution to transfers legislative redistricting responsibility following census from legislature to new appointed commission of retired judges.
Needs: A constitutional amendment needs 110,358 valid signatures to reach the ballot.
Status: Chief petitioners submitted sheets purported to have 125,948 raw signatures.

• Initiative Petition 70: Amends Constitution to renews dedication of 15 percent of lottery proceeds to parks and natural resources.
Needs: A constitutional amendment needs 110,358 valid signatures to reach the ballot.
Status: Chief petitioners submitted sheets purported to have 192,678 raw signatures.

• Initiative Petition 76: Amends constitution to create an exception to casino ban; legislature must allow one private casino if authorized by initiative.
Needs: A constitutional amendment needs 110,358 valid signatures to reach the ballot.
Status: Chief petitioners submitted sheets purported to have 176,566 raw signatures.

• Initiative Petition 77: Authorizes Multnomah County casino; casino to contribute monthly revenue percentage to state for specified purposes (they're pushing for schools).
Needs: A statutory change requires 82,769 valid signatures to qualify for the ballot.
Status: Chief petitioners submitted sheets purported to have 136,938 raw signatures.

There are also three referendums on the ballot:

• Referral of HJR 7: Expands availability of home ownership loans for Oregon veterans through Oregon War Veterans' Fund.

• Referral of SJR 41: Amends Constitution: Requires legislature to meet annually; limits length of legislative sessions; provides exceptions.

• Referral of SJR 48: Amends Constitution: Authorizes lowest-cost borrowing for state’s real and personal property projects.

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