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Is an Oregon Constitutional Convention in your future?


I blogged about this some time ago, but maybe, maybe, …. See 6/25/08, Willamette Week Murmurs story:

Get me rewrite: Since Oregon’s founders wrote the state Constitution in 1857, much has changed. For instance, Article II, section 9, which disqualifies from public office “every person who shall give, or accept a challenge to fight a duel,” might need tweaking (Randy Leonard might be an exception). Thus this Monday, June 30, a House committee will hold a 10 am hearing in Salem on whether to hold an Oregon Constitutional Convention. Among those testifying: Bureau of Labor and Industries Commish Brad Avakian, who twice introduced bills when he was a lawmaker aimed at updating the state’s most important document. Now, he says Reps. Mitch Greenlick (D-Portland) and Chuck Riley (D-Hillsboro) will try to advance that effort. “It’s a tough political sell,” says Avakian. “But it’s time.”’ (link)

If you want to know more about this hearing:

Hearing info, from the Legislature:

(House Committee) Government Accountability and Information Technology
Office: 453D Phone: 503-986-1755

Date: Monday-June 30
Time: 10:00 A.M.
Room: HR B

Informational Meeting

A Constitutional Convention in Oregon
Brad Avakian, Commissioner, Department of Labor and Industries
Justice Hans Linde
Attorney General’s Office Representative

Staff respectfully requests that you submit 25 collated copies of written materials at the time of your testimony.

Persons making presentations including the use of video, DVD, PowerPoint or overhead projection equipment are asked to contact committee staff 24 hours prior to the meeting. (linked to from here)

You can listen in on this hearing live, if you are so moved. Visit here for instructions.

More information here:

In the 2007 Oregon Legislative Session, see SB 920.

See also stories in the Mercury (2007) and Blue Oregon (2004).

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One response to “Is an Oregon Constitutional Convention in your future?”

  1. ournewmind says:

    I gotta say, it sounds like a compelling idea to me. But I declare it DOA, simply based on the fact that the first I heard of it, was an announcement of a hearing. In 2008, if you’re not generating some buzz on the blogs and out in grassroots land before you get to the point of making a formal proposal, it seems to me that any major idea like this is doomed to failure.

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