July 15, 2016

July 15, 2016

Media Contacts:

Robin Teater, Healthy Democracy, 503-841-6865,

 Sarah Giles, Citizens’ Initiative Review Commission. 503-725-5248,

Oregon’s Citizens’ Initiative Review to Make Recommendations on Measure 97 (Initiative Petition 28) Corporate Gross Receipts Tax

 (Portland, OR) — Oregon’s unique Citizens’ Initiative Review Commission has prioritized Ballot Measure 97 (previously known as IP28) for a citizen panel review.  The citizen panel will deliberate on the question of whether to increase the corporate minimum tax … more »

Citizen Panelist Selection Process Begins for Upcoming Citizens’ Initiative Review

June 24, 2016

June 24, 2016

Citizen Panelist Selection Process Begins for Upcoming Citizens’ Initiative Review

(Portland, OR) — Oregon’s unique Citizens’ Initiative Review Commission has sent a special mailing to 10,000 randomly selected registered voters in Oregon with an invitation to serve as a citizen panelist for the next Citizens’ Initiative Review. From this list, 24 Oregon citizens will be impaneled to participate in the review.

The Citizens’ Initiative Review, passed into law in Oregon in 2011, … more »

Colorado State of Mind: GMO ballot issue

October 20, 2014

October 20, 2014

Watch two panelists explain their findings.

The Citizens Initiative Review is a pilot program that brought together 20 voters to study a ballot question, in this case the question of whether foods with GMO ingredients should be labeled that way. Two members of the panel explain their results.… more »

Colorado Public Radio: Experiment to Help Voters

October 20, 2014

Rachel Eastabrook,

October 20, 2014

Listen to the story online.

In this state, more than most others, voters make big policy decisions through the ballot, like the legalization of marijuana and the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights.

But ballot measures can be difficult to understand, and so a nonprofit organization from Oregon, called Healthy Democracy, launched a pilot project to help Colorado voters better educate themselves. A small group of Coloradans, representing the state’s voter demographics, … more »

Research: Citizen review of GMO labeling initiative unbiased

October 15, 2014

Colorado State University Source

15 Oct, 2014 by Jeff Dodge

A research team led by a Colorado State University faculty member has found that a new citizens’ review of the initiative to require labeling of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) was largely fair and unbiased.

Proposition 105, which will appear on the Nov. 4 ballot in Colorado, would require, with several exceptions, “food that has been genetically modified or treated with genetically modified material to … more »