Explanatory Statement Committees

Pursuant to ORS 251.205-215​, a five-member Explanatory Statement Committee (ESC) is appointed for each potential ballot measure to draft an impartial, simple, and understandable statement of 500 words or less that explains each ballot measure. Once completed, the explanatory statement will be printed in the Voters' Pamphlet if the measure qualifies for the ballot. The chief petitioners of the ballot measure (or legislative leaders for referrals) select two supporters of the measure to serve on the committee, and the Secretary of State selects two opponents of the measure to serve on the committee. Those four members then select a neutral fifth member, or if they cannot agree, the Secretary of State selects the fifth member.

Referral 401 Explanatory Statement Committee 

Supporter-Senator Ginny Burdick 
Supporter-Rep. Mark Meek 
Opponent-Senator Alan Olsen 
Opponent-Eric Winters
Neutral-Greg Chaimov

All meetings are held in the Oregon Capitol Building, 900 Court St NE, Salem
  • Meeting to select 5th member: July 16, 2018, 2 p.m., Hearing Room 170
  • Meeting to draft explanatory statement: July 26, 2018, 10 a.m., Hearing Room 170
  • Public Hearing on draft explanatory statement: Aug. 2, 2018, 1:30 p.m., Hearing Room E
  • Meeting to finalize explanatory statement and make any changes based on public comment: Aug. 8, 2018, 1 p.m., Hearing Room 170

Public Comments

Initiative Petition 1 Explanatory Statement Committee

Supporter-Rebekah Millard 
Supporter-Patrick De Klotz 
Opponent-Laurel Swerdlow 
Opponent-Margaret Olney 
Neutral-Edwin Peterson

All meetings are held in the Oregon Capitol Building, 900 Court St NE, Salem
  • Meeting to select 5th member: July 13, 2018, 2 p.m., Hearing Room 170
  • Meeting to draft explanatory statement: July 30, 2018, 1 p.m., Hearing Room 170 
  • Public Hearing on draft explanatory statement: Aug. 3, 2018, 2 p.m., Hearing Room E
  • Meeting to finalize explanatory statement and make any changes based on public comment: Aug. 8, 2018, 10 a.m., Hearing Room 170.

Public Comments

Comments on draft explanatory statement IP 1 - No Cuts to Care campaign​ (Grayson Dempsey, NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon, Emily McLain, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon, Eric Ward, Western States Center)

Initiative Petition 22 Explanatory Statement Committee 

Supporter-Richard F. LaMountain 
Supporter-Cynthia J. Kendoll 
Opponent-Kayse Jama 
Opponent-Diane Goodwin 
Neutral-Edwin Peterson

All meetings are held in the Oregon Capitol Building, 900 Court St NE, Salem
  • ​Meeting to select 5th member: July 12, 2018, 1 p.m., Hearing Room 170
  • Meeting to draft explanatory statement: July 20, 2018, 10 a.m., Hearing Room 170 
  • Public Hearing on draft explanatory statement: July 26, 2018, 10 a.m. Hearing Room E
  • Meeting to finalize explanatory statement and make any changes based on public comment: July 31, 2018 1 p.m., Hearing Room 170.

Public Comments

Initiative Petition 31 Explanatory Statement Committee 

Supporter-Paul Cosgrove 
Supporter-Shaun Jillions
Opponent-Harry Wilson 
Opponent-Becca Uherbelau 
Neutral-Mick Gillette

All meetings are held in the Oregon Capitol Building, 900 Court St NE, Salem
  • Meeting to select 5th member: July 16, 2018, 4 p.m., Hearing Room 174
  • Meeting to draft explanatory statement: July 25, 2018, 1:30 p.m., Hearing Room 174
  • Public Hearing on draft explanatory statement: Aug. 2, 2018, 1:30 p.m., Hearing Room E
  • Meeting to finalize explanatory statement and make any changes based on public comment: Aug. 8, 2018, 10 a.m., Hearing Room 174

Initiative Petition 37 Explanatory Statement Committee 

Supporter-Joe Gilliam 
Supporter-Dan Floyd 
Opponent-Rep. Barbara Smith Warner 
Opponent-Cyreena Boston Ashby 
Neutral-Bruce Bishop

All meetings are held in the Oregon Capitol Building, 900 Court St NE, Salem
  • Meeting to select 5th member: July 13, 2018, 1 p.m., Hearing Room 174
  • Meeting to draft explanatory statement: July 25, 2018, 10 a.m., Hearing Room 170 
  • Public Hearing on draft explanatory statement: Aug. 2, 2018, 1:30 p.m., Hearing Room E
  • Meeting to finalize explanatory statement and make any changes based on public comment: Aug. 7, 2018, 10 a.m., Hearing Room 170

Public Comments


Supporting Documents

Potential Fifth Member List for 2018 Explanatory Statement Committees​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Live Stream


Archived video and audio of committee meetings​ are available after each meeting.

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Public Comments

You may submit spoken and/or written public comments on draft explanatory statements at the public hearings listed on this page. You may also email written comments prior to the start of the hearing to: elections.sos@oregon.gov​. Written testimony must either be submitted before the hearing or physically brought to the hearing.
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