Filed: April 6, 2000

IN THE SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF OREGON

BILL SIZEMORE,

Petitioner,

v.

HARDY MYERS,
Attorney General for the State of Oregon,

Respondent,

and

STEVEN NOVICK,

Intervenor.

(SC S47193)

En Banc

On petition to review ballot title.

Submitted on the petition, memorandum of intervenor and respondent, and the record March 8, 2000.

Gregory W. Byrne, Portland, filed the petition for petitioner.

Brendan C. Dunn, Assistant Attorney General, Salem, filed the answering memorandum for respondent. With him on the memorandum were Hardy Myers, Attorney General, and Michael D. Reynolds, Solicitor General.

Steven Novick, Portland, intervenor pro se, filed a memorandum.

PER CURIAM

Ballot title certified. This decision shall become effective in accordance with ORAP 11.30(10).

PER CURIAM

This is a ballot title review proceeding brought under ORS 250.085(2). Petitioner is an elector who timely submitted written comments to the Secretary of State respecting the content of the draft ballot title for a proposed measure designated by the Secretary of State as Initiative Petition 111 (2000). He therefore is entitled to seek review of the resulting ballot title for that measure certified by the Attorney General. See ORS 250.085(2) (setting that requirement). We review the Attorney General's certified ballot title to determine whether it substantially complies with the requirements of ORS 250.035 (1997). (1) See ORS 250.085(5) (setting out standard of review).

We have considered each of petitioner's arguments concerning the ballot title certified by the Attorney General. We conclude that none establishes that the Attorney General's certified ballot title fails to comply substantially with the standards for such ballot titles set out in ORS 250.035(2)(a) to (d) (1997). Accordingly, we certify to the Secretary of State the following ballot title:

AMENDS CONSTITUTION: PROHIBITS SPECIFIED LAWS REGULATING DIRECT DEPOSIT, PAYROLL DEDUCTIONS, RELATED NEGOTIATIONS

RESULT OF "YES" VOTE: "Yes" vote prohibits specified laws, rules regarding availability of direct deposit, payroll deductions, related negotiations.

RESULT OF "NO" VOTE: "No" vote rejects prohibiting specified laws and rules regarding direct deposit, payroll deductions, related negotiations.

SUMMARY: Amends Constitution. Constitution now prohibits restricting employees' right to make political contributions through electronic transfers, payroll deduction. Measure grants employers, employees, unions right to negotiate direct deposit, automatic payroll deductions to pay bills, make contributions, conduct other financial transactions. Prohibits certain laws restricting those negotiations, restricting or mandating: type of employer providing direct deposit, payroll deduction; type of employees using those services; type of persons, entities receiving funds through those means; timing, frequency of employees' decisions authorizing those services. Does not require those services.

Ballot title certified. This decision shall become effective in accordance with ORAP 11.30(10).


1. The 1999 Legislature amended ORS 250.035(2) in several respects. Or Laws 1999, ch 793, 1. However, section 3 of that 1999 enactment provides, in part:

"(1) The amendments to ORS 250.035 by section 1 of this 1999 Act do not apply to any ballot title prepared for:

"(a) Any initiative petition that, if filed with the Secretary of State with the required number of signatures of qualified electors, will be submitted to the people at the general election held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November 2000[.]"

The present proposed measure is one of those to which the 1999 act does not apply. We therefore apply the pertinent provisions of ORS 250.035(2) (1997).

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