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Home > State > Elections > History > Initiative, Referendum and Recall: 1980-1987

Initiative, Referendum and Recall: 1980-1987

1988-1995

 

Key: *Adopted; L-Referred by the Legislature; I-Submitted by initiative petition; R-Referendum by petition.

 

 

Election Date

Meas.#

Ballot Title

Yes

 

No

 

 

May 20, 1980

1.

Constitutional Amendment Limits Uses of Gasoline and Highway User Taxes--L1

*451,695

257,230

 

2.

Amends Liquor by the Drink Constitutional Provision--L1

325,030

384,346

 

3.

State Bonds for Small Scale Local Energy Project Loan Fund--L1

*394,466

278,125

 

4.

Veterans' Home and Farm Loan Eligibility Changes--L1

*574,148

130,452

 

5.

Continues Tax Reduction Program--L2

*636,565

64,979

 

6.

Definition of Multifamily Low Income Elderly Housing--L1

*536,002

138,675

 

 

November 4, 1980

1.

Repeal of Constitutional Provision Requiring Elected Superintendent of Public Instruction--L1

291,142

820,892

 

2.

Guarantees Mentally Handicapped Voting Rights, Unless Adjudged Incompetent to Vote--L1

*678,573

455,020

 

3.

Dedicates Oil, Natural Gas Taxes to Common School Fund--L1

*594,520

500,586

 

4.

Increases Gas Tax from Seven to Nine Cents per Gallon--L2

298,421

849,745

 

5.

Forbids Use, Sale of Snare, Leghold Traps for Most Purposes--I2

425,890

728,173

 

6.

Constitutional Real Property Tax Limit Preserving 85% Districts' 1977 Revenue--I1

416,029

711,617

 

7.

Nuclear Plant Licensing Requires Voter Approval, Waste Disposal Facility Existence--I2

*608,412

535,049

 

8.

State Bonds for Fund to Finance Correctional Facilities--L1

523,955

551,383

 

 

May 18, 1982

1.

Use of State Bond Proceeds to Finance Municipal Water Projects--L1

*333,656

267,137

 

2.

Multifamily Housing for Elderly and Disabled Persons--L1

*389,820

229,049

 

3.

State Bonds for Fund to Finance Corrections Facilities--L1

281,548

333,476

 

4.

Raises Taxes on Commercial Vehicles, Motor Vehicles Fuels for Roads--L2

308,574

323,268

 

5.

Governor to Appoint Chief Justice of Oregon Supreme Court--L2

159,811

453,415

 

 

November 2, 1982

1.

Increases Tax Base When New Property Construction Increases District's Value--L1

219,034

768,150

 

2.

Lengthens Governor's Time for Postsession Veto or Approval of Bills--L1

385,672

604,864

 

3.

Constitutional Real Property Tax Limit Preserving 85% Districts' 1979 Revenue--I1

504,836

515,626

 

4.

Permits Self-Service Dispensing of Motor Vehicle Fuel at Retail--I2

440,824

597,970

 

5.

People of Oregon Urge Mutual Freeze on Nuclear Weapons Development--I3

*623,089

387,907

 

6.

Ends State's Land Use Planning Powers, Retains Local Planning--I2

461,271

565,056

 

 

May 15, 1984

1.

State May Borrow and Lend Money for Public Works Projects--L1

332,175

365,571

 

2.

Increases Fees for Licensing and Registration of Motor Vehicles--L2

234,060

487,457

 

 

November 6, 1984

1.

Changes Minimum Requirements for Recall of Public Officers--L1

*664,464

470,139

 

2.

Constitutional Real Property Tax Limit--I1

599,424

616,252

 

3.

Creates Citizens' Utility Board to Represent Interests of Utility Consumers--I2

*637,968

556,826

 

4.

Constitutional Amendment Establishes State Lottery, Commission; Profits for Economic Development--I1

*794,441

412,341

 

5.

Statutory Provisions for State Operated Lottery if Constitutionally Authorized--I2

*786,933

399,231

 

6.

Exempts Death Sentences from Constitutional Guarantees Against Cruel, Vindictive Punishments--I1

*653,009

521,687

 

7.

Requires by Statute Death or Mandatory Imprisonment for Aggravated Murder--I2

*893,818

295,988

 

8.

Revises Numerous Criminal Laws Concerning Police Powers, Trials, Evidence, Sentencing--I2

552,410

597,964

 

9.

Adds Requirements for Disposing Wastes Containing Naturally Occurring Radioactive Isotopes--I2

*655,973

524,214

 

 

September 17, 1985 (Special Election)

1.

Amends Constitution. Approves Limited 5% Sales Tax for Local Education--L1

189,733

664,365

 

 

May 20, 1986

1.

Constitutional Amendment: Bans Income Tax on Social Security Benefits--L1

*534,476

118,766

 

2.

Constitutional Amendment: Effect on Merger of Taxing Units on Tax Base--L1

*333,277

230,886

 

3.

Constitutional Amendment: Verification of Signatures on Initiative and Referendum Petitions--L1

*460,148

132,101

 

4.

Requires Special Election for US Senator Vacancy, Removes Constitutional Provision--L1

*343,005

269,305

 

5.

Constitutional Amendment: $96 Million Bonds for State-County Prison Buildings--L1

300,674

330,429

 

 

November 4, 1986

1.

Deletes Constitutional Requirement that Secretary of State Live in Salem--L1

*771,959

265,999

 

2.

Constitutional Amendment Revising Legislative District Reapportionment Procedures After Federal Census--L1

*637,410

291,355

 

3.

Constitutional Amendment Allows Charitable, Fraternal, Religious Organizations to Conduct Raffles--L1

*736,739

302,957

 

4.

Replaces Public Utility Commissioner with Three Member Public Utility Commission--L2

*724,577

297,973

 

5.

Legalizes Private Possession and Growing of Marijuana for Personal Use--I2

279,479

781,922

 

6.

Constitutional Amendment Prohibits State Funding Abortions. Exception: Prevent Mother's Death--I1

477,920

580,163

 

7.

Constitutional 5% Sales Tax, Funds Schools, Reduces Property Tax--I1

234,804

816,369

 

8.

Prohibits Mandatory Local Measured Telephone Service Except Mobile Phone Service--I2

*802,099

201,918

 

9.

Amends Constitution. Limits Property Tax Rates and Assessed Value Increases--I1

449,548

584,396

 

10.

Revises Many Criminal Laws Concerning Victims' Rights, Evidence, Sentencing, Parole--I2

*774,766

251,509

 

11.

Homeowner's, Renter's Property Tax Relief Program; Sales Tax Limitation Measure--I1

381,727

639,034

 

12.

State Income Tax Changes, Increased Revenue to Property Tax Relief--I2

299,551

720,034

 

13.

Constitutional Amendment: Twenty Day Pre-election Voter Registration Cutoff--I1

*693,460

343,450

 

14.

Prohibits Nuclear Power Plant Operation Until Permanent Waste Site Licensed--I2

375,241

674,641

 

15.

Supersedes "Radioactive Waste" Definition; Changes Energy Facility Payment Procedure--I2

424,099

558,741

 

16.

Phases Out Nuclear Weapons Manufactured With Tax Credits, Civil Penalty--I2

400,119

590,971

 

 

May 19, 1987 (Special Election)

1.

State Role In Selection of High-Level Nuclear Waste Repository Site--L2

*299,581

100,854

 

2.

Continues Existing Levies To Prevent School Closures: Tax Base Elections--L1

*223,417

178,839

 

0Repeal of federal prohibition amendment.
1Constitutional amendment.
2Statutory enactment.
3Required communication to federal officials on behalf of people of Oregon.
4Tri-county measure voted on in Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington Counties.
5Advisory vote for legislators' information.

 

1988-1995