Amends Constitution, dedicates lottery funding for veterans support services. Currently, constitution requires that state lottery proceeds be used to create jobs, further economic development, and finance public education; dedicates some net lottery proceeds as follows: 18% to finance education stability fund, 15% to finance state parks, restoration and protection of native fish and wildlife, watersheds, water quality and wildlife habitats, 15% to finance school capital matching fund. Measure dedicates 1.5% of lottery net proceeds to fund services for Oregon veterans. Veterans services include assistance with employment, education, housing, physical/mental health care, addiction treatment, reintegration, access to government benefits, and other services for veterans, spouses and dependents. Other provisions.
The Constitution of the State of Oregon is amended by creating a new section 4f to be added to and made part of Article XV, such section to read:
SECTION 4f. (1) Effective July 1, 2017, 1.5 percent of the net proceeds form the State Lottery shall be deposited, from the fund created by the Legislative Assembly under paragraph (d) of subsection (4) of section 4 of this Article, in a veterans' services fund created by the Legislative Assembly. The Legislative Assembly may appropriate other moneys or revenue to the veterans' services fund.
(2) The moneys in the veterans' service fund may be used only to provide services for the benefit of veterans. Such services may include, without limitation:
a. Assistance for veterans with reintegration, employment, education benefits and tuition, housing, physical and mental health care and addiction treatment programs;
b. Assistance for veterans, spouses of veterans or dependents of veterans in accessing state and federal benefits; and
c. Funding services provided by county veterans' service officers, campus veterans' service officers or nonprofit or tribal veterans' service officers.
(3) As used in this section, "veteran" means a resident of the State of Oregon who served in the Armed Forces of the United States.