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Measure 37 and 49 Commentary


Researching legislative history can sometimes require more than plowing through dusty hearing transcripts. Guides to legislative history and intent always suggest searching the secondary literature, e.g. newspaper and journal articles that are written before the legislation is passed, shortly thereafter, and reflective articles long after the law has been enacted:

Willamette Law Review (Winter 2008, vol. 45, no. 2) has this Comment:

“The Battle Over Property Rights in Oregon: Measures 37 and 40 and the Need for Sustainable Land Use Planning,” by David J. Boulanger.

(This article is not yet at the Willamette Law Review website, but will be, eventually. Please contact your local law library for a copy of the article, which will be available from a number of online subscription services.)

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One response to “Measure 37 and 49 Commentary”

  1. David says:

    Researching legislative history can be a very extensive process. Especially when some of the legislation was passed before I was born! In writing this comment, it was my goal to capture both sides of the debate regarding Oregon’s land use laws. I attempted to use newspaper and journal articles, and other secondary literature to do this. I hope that I was effective in doing this and your blog referring to my comment reflects this. If you have any feedback or suggestions, please feel free to contact me. Thank you,

    David J. Boulanger
    J.D. Candidate 2009
    Willamette University College of Law

    The Battle Over Property Rights in Oregon: Measures 37 and 49 and the Need for Sustainable Land Use Planning, 45 Willamette L. Rev. 313 (2008).

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