Measures take shape for fall state ballot

2010-07-17T01:00:00Z Measures take shape for fall state ballotBy Hasso Hering, For the Gazette-Times Corvallis Gazette Times

Oregon this fall will vote on setting up a marijuana supply system and tougher prison sentences for repeat sex crimes.

In Salem Friday, Secretary of State Kate Brown announced the first two initiatives that qualified for the general election ballot because supporters had gathered more than enough signatures.

The first is Petition 13, which calls for mandatory minimum prison terms of 25 years for second convictions of “major felony sex crimes” such as first-degree rape. It also calls for at least three months in jail for anyone convicted of driving under the influence for the third time in 10 years.

Current law calls for shorter minimum sentences for sex felonies and no minimum jail term for DUII.

The second measure to qualify is Petition 28, which would establish a medical marijuana supply system of state-licensed producers and dispensaries.

Don Hamilton, a spokesman for the secretary of state, said signature checking continues on four other ballot proposals.

The secretary of state’s Elections Division has until Aug. 1 to complete the signature checking, and Hamilton said they expect to be done a few days before then.

Measures that qualify will be on the ballot for the general election, which starts in mid-October and concludes on Nov. 2.

Names on the petitions are being checked by comparing them to the signatures of registered voters on file in the Elections Division.

If a first small sample shows a measure has enough good signatures, it makes the ballot. If it looks questionable, a larger sample is compared.

Earlier indications were that five of the six measures submitted would qualify. The only questionable one was a proposal to reform the process of redrawing political districts following the census every 10 years.

Actual ballot measure numbers will be assigned — starting with No. 73, in the order the measures were submitted — after the signature verification is complete.

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