John Watt, JWA Public Affairs
The July 6 deadline to submit signatures for initiative petitions to qualify for the November election has passed. The ballot measures to appear on the November ballot is now clear. Compared to historic numbers of ballot measures, Oregonians will only have to deal with five this November.
Legislative Referendum
Ballot Measure 102 would amend the state constitution to allow counties, cities, and towns to—with voter approval and certain restrictions—use bond revenue to fund the construction of affordable housing without necessarily retaining complete ownership of the constructed housing. Measure 102 would require that these affordable housing bonds be approved by local voters and that the total principal of any such bonds does not exceed 0.5 percent of the market value of the property within the jurisdiction of the county, city, or town. Currently, the state constitution does not allow revenue from bond issues to be used in a project with private owners or stakeholders. Measure 102 was designed to provide an exception to this prohibition for the construction of affordable housing. Taxes Ballot Measure 103 would prohibit state and local taxes on groceries. If approved, the measure would permanently block taxes on groceries without specific voter approval. In 2016 Oregonians defeated Ballot Measure 97 which was a measure that would have raised $3 billion on companies through a gross receipts tax. Because of that effort, grocers were concerned that this issue could come up again and it would severely impact not only their business, but the average Oregon household, as well. BM 103 would amend the Oregon Constitution and prohibit state or local taxes on groceries. Alcoholic beverages, marijuana or tobacco products are not included in the measure and continue to be taxed. This is a statutory measure that could be changed by the legislature. Limitations on the Legislature Ballot Measure 104 would require the legislature to have a three-fifths majority to pass any tax or fee increase. That would include changes to tax/fee exemptions, tax/fee credits or tax/fee deductions. Historically, increases in fees have been passed by a simple majority, as have changes to exemptions, credits and deductions. Passage of this measure will clarify the law in the Oregon constitution and require a 3/5 majority for passage in both House and Senate.
Immigration Ballot Measure 105 led by Rep. Sal Esquivel who wants to repeal the state law known as “Sanctuary Law” which prohibit the use of state and local resources to detect or enforce federal immigration law if the person’s only crime is being in the country illegally. Initiative petition 22 is a statutory measure and has not yet been assigned a ballot measure number. The 1987 sanctuary law prohibits state and local police agencies from inquiring about a person's immigration status if they haven't committed another crime and bans state and local law enforcement from coordinating with federal immigration officials on raids and roundups.
JWA Public Affairs
Address: 132 W Main St #2-a,
Medford, OR 97504
Phone: (541) 779-0036
JWA Public Affairs is The Chamber’s full-time contract lobbyist employed year round to advocate on behalf of Chamber members and the business community in Jackson County.  JWA Public Affairs, offers services in Advocacy & Issue Management, Political Consulting & Counsel, and Crisis Action Planning. 
Oregon voters will be voting on affordable housing, immigration, taxes and limitations on the legislature, in addition to one legislative referral.
Medford-Jackson County Chamber of Commerce
101 E. 8th St.  |  Medford, OR 97501
Phone: (541) 779-4847
August: Real Estate & Construction