“Measure numbers for the November 4, 2014, general election ballot will be released August 1,” according to the Secretary of State’s website. But it looks as if you can see those numbers, and other information, from this PDF, which I linked to from that website.
From the Secretary of State’s “Make or Change State Law website“, as of today:
“The number of valid signatures required to qualify an initiative for the ballot is based on a percentage of the total votes cast for governor at the last election:
- For a constitutional initiative, 8 percent (116,284) of valid signatures is required.
- For a statutory initiative, 6 percent (87,213) of valid signatures is required.”
If you’re like me, you’ve noticed how ill-informed most initiative signature gatherers are (however well-intentioned). They don’t know if the proposed measure is a statutory or a constitutional one and they have to dig and dig to find a copy of the actual measure. I don’t expect a lot, they are paid signature gatherers after all, not necessarily issue advocates. However, I do like to participate in the process and surely I should be able to get basic information about what may end up on the ballot.
This is a quick and dirty guide to free and not-free (usually subscription) databases for this kind of research; it is not a comprehensive list. (And novice researchers should be reminded that the same statutory language is not always used across states to accomplish the same purpose.)
- Lexis Zimmerman’s Research Guide, under “State Laws, generally” for some research tips.
- Levitt & Davis, “ Internet Legal Research on a Budget: Free and Low-Cost Resources for Lawyers,” chapter 13, “State, Local, Territorial, and Tribal Law.”
- Uniform State Laws
- Model Legislation, e.g. Suggested State Legislation and ALEC
- (More about model and uniform laws from Cornell and Law Source.)
- Some nonprofit and advocacy groups compile subject specific guides. For example, see the National Agricultural Law Center compilation.
- You can also check out other law libraries research guides, e.g. Emory and ASU.
- The Google.
NOT FREE, but priceless if you require thorough and fast research results:
- The best and most comprehensive collection is Nyberg / Boast: “Subject Compilations of State Laws.” This collection is available in print (at some law libraries) and is now available online (HeinOnline), though not generally to mere mortals unless they have database privileges at a large law library or large law firm that subscribes. (But your local public librarian may be able to ask another librarian to run a search on a specific topic.)
- There was also a book, not recently updated, but still useful, and maybe at your local libraries: “National Survey of State Laws,” by Richard Leiter (not updated regularly).
Legislative Counsel have created an ORS Archives website where they will be posting the 1953-1997 ORS. Currently the 1953-1957 statutes have been posted to the website:
Remaining statutes will be posted as time allows and the Constitutions, Indexes, Prefaces, etc. will be added after all of the statutes have all been posted.
This has been and continues to be a laborious process and Legislative Counsel have been making steady progress – so tell your Legislators to thank their Legislative Counsel staff for this work! It will save legislators, lawyers, legal researchers, law librarians, and clients both time and money.
(We had the easy work (relatively speaking) and “just” did the Gutbuster scanning; they had to contend with the Oregon Legislature’s bureaucracy. Oh my.)
A Multnomah County Librarian has posted this practical and lighthearted collection of wedding, marriage, and divorce law links:
“Now that it’s legal: same-sex marriage and the law,” by Emily-Jane D., Jun 04, 2014
And maybe it’s also time to update my Engagement Ring Law blog post!
For example: Chief Justice Balmer and Chief Judge Haselton recently signed orders adopting temporary amendments to the Oregon Rules of Appellate Procedure (ORAP):
These are new rules regarding PDF-Archival (PDF-A) documents, documents filed under seal, filing deadlines, embedded audio or video files, and much more. See these Chief Justice Orders:
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Join AARP Oregon, Villages NW, Unlimited Choices, Lifelong Housing Coalition, and Washington County Disability, Aging and Veterans Services for this FREE workshop.
WHEN: Wednesday,June 18th from 9:30am to 12:00pm. Doors open at 9:00am for check in and refreshments.
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Introduction to Washington County Circuit Court Family Law Videos
- Custody & Parenting Time Law
- Child Support Law
- Property & Debt Division—Law & Trial Preparation
- Spousal Support Law
Discovery (providing information to or gathering information from the other party)
- Discovery in Divorce, Separation and Domestic Partnership Cases
- Discovery in Paternity, Custody, Parenting Time and Support Cases
How to Prepare for your Family Law Trial
- Court’s Expectations
- Custody and Parenting Time Trial Preparation
- Child Support Trial Preparation
- Spousal Support Trial Preparation
- Court’s Expectations
- Modification of Custody—Law and Hearing Preparation
- Modification of Child Support— Law and Hearing Preparation
- Modification of Spousal Support—Law and Hearing Preparation
- Custodia y Derecho sobre régimen de visitas
- Ley de manutención de Menores
- División de la Propiedad y deudas, preparación del juicio
- Ley de manutención del cónyuge
Descubrimiento (proporcionar información a o recopilación de información de la otra parte)
- Descubrimiento sobre el divorcio, separación y casos de parejas en unión libre
- Descubrimiento sobre paternidad, custodia, régimen de visitas y manutención
Cómo prepararse para su juicio sobre derecho familiar
- Expectativas del Juez
- Custodia y el régimen de visitas, Preparación para el juicio
- Manutención de hijos y Preparación para juicio
- Manutención del cónyuge, Preparación para el juicio