ETHICS IN POLITICS INITIATIVE
Oregon’s initiative system allows any voter to sponsor an Initiative Petition. Petitions are circulated to other voters for support and, after garnering enough signatures (about 112,000), they are placed on a General Election ballot for consideration by the entire electorate. If they pass, they become the law of the State of Oregon just as if they were passed by the Legislature. The next eligible election is 2022.
“ORCOPS supported HB 4205 ("Duty to Report") this past summer because we want our members to be held to a high standard. We’re happy to lead by example.”
- Daryl Turner (Original Co-Sponsor)
Update: The initial 1,000 sponsorship signatures have been submitted! We are now awaiting a ballot title, but cannot collect signatures until that process is completed. However, you can fill out the form below and we will mail you a signature sheet once we are authorized to do so!
ABOUT INITIATIVE PETITION 12:
Ethics in Politics Act
All over the country, lawmakers are engaging in unethical and illegal behavior, and Oregon is no exception. Just this past year a lawmaker was finally pressured to resign after his colleagues tolerated years of questionable behavior.
But it is rare for the Oregon Government Ethics Commission to penalize lawmakers, because lawmakers get to write the very rules they are meant to follow, leaving no accountability for those who need it the most.
Initiative Petition 12 would change that. The measure would:
Empower the existing State Ethics Commission and make it more independent from the State Legislators it is meant to oversee,
Allow the Commission to establish ethics rules,
Strengthen sanctions so that lawmakers could not appeal for reduced penalties,
Allow the Commission to recommend removal from office (though that's still the Legislature's final decision), and
Require lawmakers to report other lawmakers' violations of law to the Commission if they become aware of the violation.
REQUEST A SIGNATURE SHEET!
We'll send it to you
We are now awaiting a "ballot title," from the Elections Division, and we cannot collect signatures until that process is completed. Fill out the following form and we'll print out a signature sheet for you and mail it to you as soon as we are able to do so!
I hereby request an "e-sheet" signature sheet:
Please fill out all required fields.
File the Petitions
Once drafts are filed with the State, they will be assigned petition numbers and signature collection begins.
Each measure must collect at least 1,000 signatures in order to show that the measure is viable.
Receive Official Titles
A hearing and review process produces the official ballot titles (a short description of each measure).
Each measure needs to collect and submit just over 111,000 more signatures from registered voters.
If everything is completed on time, the measures will go to the November 8, 2022 ballot to be voted on.
Are you interested in keeping up to date on this effort?
Fill out the form below and we'll loop you in.
How might you like to get involved?
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