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Measure Details

Amends Constitution: Permits employment of state judges by National Guard (military service) and state public universities (teaching)

Oregon Ballot Measure - Measure 87

Election: Nov. 4, 2014 (General)
Outcome: Pending

Higher Education
Military Personnel
Judicial Branch


Ballot Measure 87 would amend the Oregon Constitution to allow state court judges to be employed for the purpose of teaching at public universities and to receive compensation for performing military service in the Oregon National Guard.

Currently, Article III, section 1, of the Oregon Constitution (separation of powers clause), prohibits persons from serving in more than one branch of government at the same time. As one result of this prohibition, state court judges may not be employed as teachers at institutions of public education. Article II, section 10, of the Oregon Constitution, further prohibits state court judges from receiving compensation for performing military service.

Ballot Measure 87 also removes references to the State Board of Higher Education to reflect the current structure of higher education because of recent legislative changes. It also rescinds Senate Joint Resolution 34, which referred to the old structure of higher education.

Measure Text

Result of "Yes" Vote: "Yes" vote amends constitution to permit judges to be employed by Oregon National Guard for military service purposes, state public universities for teaching purposes,

Result of "No" Vote: "No" vote retains existing constitutional restrictions on employment of Oregon state court judges by the Oregon National Guard and by the state public university system.

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