Ballot measure 78 would change some of the language in the Oregon Constitution regarding the separation of powers. It modernizes the Constitution to use gender-neutral language and describes the parts of government as “branches” instead of “departments”, and the two parts of the Legislature as “chambers” instead of “branches”. The measure would also update some spelling to the current, preferred version. Should this measure be defeated, it merely means the Constitution retains the old verbiage. There is no expected financial impact.
The text of the revision reads as follows:
“Be It Resolved by the Legislative Assembly of the State of Oregon:
PARAGRAPH 1. Section 1, Article III, section 17, Article IV, and section 2, Article VI of the Constitution of the State of Oregon, are amended to read:
Sec. 1. The powers of the Government shall be divided into three [seperate departments] separate branches, the Legislative, the Executive, including the administrative, and the Judicial; and no person charged with official duties under one of these [departments] branches, shall exercise any of the functions of another, except as in this Constitution expressly provided.[-]
Sec. 17. Each house shall have all powers necessary for a [branch] chamber of the Legislative [Department]Branch, of a free, and [independant] independent State.[-]
Sec. 2. The Secretary of State shall keep a fair record of the official acts of the Legislative Assembly, and Executive [Department of the State] Branch; and shall when required lay the same, and all matters relative thereto before either [branch] chamber of the Legislative Assembly. [He] The Secretary of State shall be by virtue of [his] holding the office, Auditor of [public] Public Accounts, and shall perform such other duties as shall be assigned [him] to the Secretary of State by law.[-]
PARAGRAPH 2. The amendment proposed by this resolution shall be submitted to the people for their approval or rejection at the next regular general election held throughout this state.
Note: Boldfaced type indicates new language; [brackets and italic] type indicates deletions or comments.”