2011 ORS § 250.137¹
Citizens Initiative Review Commission
  • members
  • term of office
  • rules

(1) The Citizens Initiative Review Commission is established within the executive branch of state government, consisting of 11 members. The members shall be appointed in the following manner:

(a) The Governor shall appoint three members who have at some time been selected by the four appointed members of an explanatory statement committee under ORS 251.205 (Appointment of committee to draft explanatory statement of measure proposed by initiative or referendum) (5) to prepare an explanatory statement, as follows:

(A) One member recommended by the leadership of the Democratic party in the Senate and one member recommended by the leadership of the Republican party in the Senate.

(B) Except as provided in subparagraph (C) of this paragraph, one member recommended by the leadership of the political party with the largest representation in the Senate that is not the same party as the Governor.

(C) If more than two political parties are represented in the Senate, one member recommended by the leadership of a third political party with the largest representation in the Senate.

(b) Four former moderators shall be appointed as members as described in ORS 250.143 (Evaluation of citizen panel procedures).

(c) Four electors who have served on a citizen panel shall be appointed as members as described in ORS 250.143 (Evaluation of citizen panel procedures).

(2) The term of office of a member of the commission is four years, with the terms of no more than six members expiring every two years. Vacancies shall be filled by the Governor for the unexpired term, consistent with subsection (1) of this section.

(3) The commission shall:

(a) Ensure that the citizen panels are convened to review initiated measures in a fair and impartial manner.

(b) Adopt rules necessary to carry out the commissions duties under ORS 250.137 (Citizens Initiative Review Commission) to 250.149 (Determination of sufficient funds for commission and citizen panels). [2011 c.365 §2]

Note: Sections 3 and 11, chapter 365, Oregon Laws 2011, provide:

Sec. 3. Initial appointment and organization of Citizens Initiative Review Commission. Notwithstanding section 2 of this 2011 Act [250.137 (Citizens Initiative Review Commission)], the first Citizens Initiative Review Commission shall consist of seven members to be appointed and serve as follows:

(1) The Governor shall appoint three members who have at some time been selected by the four appointed members of an explanatory statement committee under ORS 251.205 (Appointment of committee to draft explanatory statement of measure proposed by initiative or referendum) (5) to prepare an explanatory statement, as follows:

(a) One member recommended by the leadership of the Democratic party in the Senate and one member recommended by the leadership of the Republican party in the Senate.

(b) Except as provided in paragraph (c) of this subsection, one member recommended by the leadership of the political party with the largest representation in the Senate that is not the same party as the Governor.

(c) If more than two political parties are represented in the Senate, one member recommended by the leadership of a third political party with the largest representation in the Senate.

(2) The three members appointed by the Governor under subsection (1) of this section shall appoint:

(a) Two members from among persons who have served as a moderator for a citizen panel, one to serve for a term of two years and one to serve for a term of four years; and

(b) Two members from among electors who have served on a citizen panel, one to serve for a term of two years and one to serve for a term of four years.

(3) The Governor shall determine at random which two members appointed under subsection (1) of this section shall serve a term of four years and which member shall serve a term of two years.

(4) In the event that a members position cannot be filled under this section, the Governor may appoint one or more persons who have experience conducting citizen review panels to be members of the initial commission for a two-year term. [2011 c.365 §3]

Sec. 11. (1) Any expenses incurred in the initial appointment and organization of the Citizens Initiative Review Commission under section 3 of this 2011 Act shall be paid by the Oregon Department of Administrative Services from moneys appropriated to the department.

(2) When the Citizens Initiative Review Commission determines that moneys in sufficient amount are available in the Citizens Initiative Review Fund, the commission shall reimburse the Oregon Department of Administrative Services, without interest, in an amount equal to the amount paid by the department for expenses under subsection (1) of this section. [2011 c.365 §11]