Explanatory Statement Committees

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​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. ​

Past Meetings

Initiative 34 – Allows manufacture, delivery, administration of psilocybin at supervised, licensed facilities; imposes two-year development period

Initiative 44 – Provides statewide addiction/recovery services; marijuana taxes partially finance; reclassifies possession/penalties for specified drugs​

Initiative 57 - Amends Constitution: Repeals legislative redistricting process; creates congressional/state redistricting commission; equal number of Democrats, Republicans, others​

July 31, 2020 Recording on YouTube​​

Initiative 34 Draft - July 20​, 2​020 recording​

Initiative 34 - July 1​5, 2020 recording​

Initiative 44 - July 10, 2020 ​recording​​

Initiative 44 drafting - July 24, 2020 reco​rding​​

Initiative 57 Elect 5th Member- July 20​, 2020 recordi​ng​

Initiative 57 drafting - July 27, 2020 recor​ding​​​​

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Past Notices

July 17, 2020​​

July 8, 2020​

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Key Contacts

Contact the Oregon Secretary of State Elections Division at 503-986-1518 or elections.sos@oregon.gov​.​

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