2011 ORS § 250.141¹
Citizen panel statements
  • preparation
  • inclusion in voters pamphlet
  • rules

(1) Not later than the date set by the Secretary of State by rule, each citizen panel shall prepare and file with the secretary any of the following statements of not more than 250 words each:

(a) A statement in favor of the measure.

(b) A statement opposed to the measure.

(c) A statement that No panelist took this position. if a panel is unanimous in either supporting or opposing a measure.

(d) A statement of key findings that summarizes the citizen panels findings in an impartial manner and may include a tally of how many panelists agreed with the key findings.

(e) A statement of additional policy considerations that describes the subject matter of or any fiscal considerations related to the measure. A statement submitted under this paragraph must be supported by at least three-quarters of the panelists.

(2)(a) Before a statement is filed with the Secretary of State under subsection (1) of this section:

(A) A person designated under ORS 250.139 (Citizen panels) (6)(c) shall be allowed to review the statement in favor of the measure by the citizen panel and provide feedback to the panel regarding the statement.

(B) A person designated under ORS 250.139 (Citizen panels) (6)(d) shall be allowed to review the statement opposed to the measure by the citizen panel and provide feedback to the panel regarding the statement.

(C) A person designated under ORS 250.139 (Citizen panels) (6)(c) or (d) shall be allowed to review the statement of key findings by the citizen panel and provide feedback to the panel regarding the statement.

(b) A citizen panel may adjust any statement after receiving feedback as described in this subsection.

(3) The secretary shall prescribe the size and manner of placement of the statements submitted by a citizen panel to be printed in the voters pamphlet, except that the statements shall be clearly differentiated from other arguments or statements in the voters pamphlet and may include, but are not limited to, the use of unique formatting and informative symbols.

(4) The secretary shall provide with any citizen panel statement a description of not more than 150 words of the citizen panel process described in ORS 250.137 (Citizens Initiative Review Commission) to 250.149 (Determination of sufficient funds for commission and citizen panels) and the following explanation:

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The opinions expressed in this statement are those of the members of a citizen panel and were developed through the citizen review process. They are NOT official opinions or positions endorsed by the State of Oregon or any government agency. A citizen panel is not a judge of the constitutionality or legality of any ballot measure, and any statements about such matters are not binding on a court of law.

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(5) The secretary, by rule, shall set a date by which statements must be filed under this section. The date may not be sooner than the 70th day before the date of the election. [2011 c.365 §7]