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Portland Tribune: Primary, GMO will be reviewed by citizen panels

July 16, 2014

Primary, GMO Will be Reviewed by Citizen Panels

Peter Wong, Portland Tribune

Citizen panels will review statewide ballot measures that propose to require labeling of genetically modified foods and change Oregon’s primary election.

The panels, each with 24 citizens representing all parts of Oregon, will meet Aug. 17-20 and Aug. 21-24 at the Salem Convention Center.

Each panel will review one measure. A spokeswoman for Healthy Democracy, the nonprofit that funds and manages the reviews, … more »

Oregon’s Citizens’ Initiative Review to Make Recommendations on GMO and Open Primary Ballot Measures

July 16, 2014

(Portland, OR) — Oregon’s unique Citizens’ Initiative Review Commission has prioritized two measures for fall review. Pending measure certification, citizen panels will make recommendations on whether to label genetically-modified foods and whether to change Oregon’s primary elections process. Both measures are expected to be high profile, and campaigns on each side are expected to spend a significant amount of money leading up to the election. The Citizens’ Initiative Review results will be printed in the … more »

KDRV tv – Review to Help Explain Measures this May

May 1, 2014

Review to help explain measures this May.

MEDFORD, Ore.– This May, Southern Oregon will be asked to decide between several measures and candidates in the 2014 primary election. According to the organization, Healthy Democracy, one out of every four Oregonians say ballot measures are hard to understand. They say this can be discouraging, and often a vote is uncast. This may be true for many when it comes to measure 15-119, an initiative to try … more »

KOBI tv – Findings released from voter panel on GMO measure

May 1, 2014

Findings released from voter panel on GMO measure.

Jackson County, Ore. — They spent the last four days getting educated about what’s being called the most complex measure on any ballot in the state.  Now, members of a citizen panel release their findings on Jackson County’s Controversial GMO measure.

The citizen’s panel wrapped up their last day of a 4 day process Wednesday.  This panel is made up of 20 randomly selected Jackson County residents. … more »

Medford Mail Tribune: Review panel presents GMO measure findings

May 1, 2014

A citizen panel tasked with reviewing Ballot Measure 15-119 says crop contamination by GMOs is “very likely” if they’re allowed to grow in the Rogue Valley — but that mainstream science supports their safety and “it is unwise to ban all GMOs due to management problems for the benefit of a small minority of farmers.”

The panel of 20 Jackson County residents, who were split into pro and con groups, also found that Measure 15-119 … more »