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Initiative petitions receive official ballot numbers

By PARIS ACHEN

Capital Bureau

Published on August 5, 2016 1:53PM

Last changed on August 5, 2016 2:29PM


SALEM — Seven ballot measures up for a vote in November have received measure numbers from the Secretary of State’s Office.

Initiative Petition 28, levying a 2.5 percent tax on Oregon sales of certain large corporations exceeding $25 million, is now known as Measure 97.

The measure would yield about $3 billion annually in new state revenue with the intent to help support schools, health care, and senior services.

Measure 98 is the new name for the Initiative 65 high school dropout measure. The measure requires $147 million in new funding for high school dropout prevention, college readiness and career technical education programs.

Measure 99, the new name for Initiative 67, dedicates lottery proceeds to continuously fund a statewide outdoor education program.

Initiative 68 seeking to prohibit the sale of items made from 10 endangered species is now called Measure 100.

Violation of the law could result in a civil penalty of up to $6,500, along with seizure by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Three of the seven ballot measures stem from legislative referrals.

Those include:

• Measure 94 amends the constitution to abolish the mandatory retirement age for state judges, which is set at 75.

• Measure 95 allows public universities to invest in equities to reduce financial risk and increase investments to benefit students.

• Measure 96 dedicates 1.5 percent of state lottery proceeds to support services for Oregon veterans.

The measures are numbered according to the order the Secretary of State approves each initiative for the ballot. Legislative referrals are first in line. Campaigns for the initiatives already largely knew what number each measure would receive, but the Secretary of State’s Office made the numbers official Friday.



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