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Amends Constitution: Requires Legislature to Meet Annually; Limits Length of Legislative Sessions; Provides Exceptions

Oregon Ballot Measure - Measure 71

Election: Nov. 2, 2010 (General)
Outcome: Passed

Categories:
Constitution
Legislative Branch
Government Operations

Yes
919,040
(67.84%)

Argument For

No
435,776
(32.16%)

Argument Against

Summary

Ballot Measure 71 amends the Oregon Constitution to direct the Legislative Assembly to meet every calendar year for a limited amount of time. Currently, the Oregon Constitution requires the legislature to meet every two years, in odd-numbered years only, and does not limit the length of the legislative sessions.

Provides that a session beginning in an odd-numbered year may not last longer than 160 calendar days. A session beginning in an even-numbered year may not last longer than 35 calendar days.

Allows a session to be extended for a period of five calendar days if approved by a vote of two-thirds of the members of each house of the legislature. A session may be extended more than once. An extension must begin on the first calendar day after the end of the immediately preceding session or extension period.

Allows the legislature to hold an organizational session for the purpose of administrative actions. The legislature may not take a final vote on any bill or other measure or reconsider a bill vetoed by the Governor at the organizational session.

Makes technical changes to sections of the Oregon Constitution necessary to maintain provisions tied to sessions held in odd-numbered years.

Does not change current constitutional provisions relating to special legislative sessions.

Measure Text

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 even-numbered years, and allows regular session to be extended by five days with an affirmative vote of two-thirds of the members of each chamber.

    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.

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