August 21, 2016

The Oregon Citizens’ Initiative Review citizen panel has completed their review of Ballot Measure 97, the corporate gross receipts tax. Click here for the final statement of Key Findings and Pro and Con arguments to be published in the official Oregon Voters’ Pamphlet distributed by the Secretary of State’s office.… more »

You’re Invited to the 2016 Oregon Citizens’ Initiative Review!

August 11, 2016

JOIN US FOR THE CITIZENS’ INITIATIVE REVIEW!  You are invited to join us for the upcoming Citizens’ Initiative Review. The Review is open to the public for observation. Stop on by! Below, you can find out more information about the event. For details on the measure to be reviewed, click on the underlined ballot measure name. The CIR will run for 4 days. Thursday will host opening statements from the opponent and proponent sides, while … more »

The Importance of the CIR: An outsider’s perspective

July 26, 2016

By Jake Foose, 2016 Nevins Fellow

I’ve spent an amazing few months in Oregon preparing for the 2016 Citizens’ Initiative Reviews and pilots, but I’m not originally from here. I was born and have spent most of my life in Pennsylvania, a state that has no initiative system. The closest processes we have to initiatives are legislatively-referred constitutional amendments, where the Pennsylvania legislature decides to send a constitutional amendment to be voted on by citizens. … more »

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 »