2017 ORS 188.010¹
Criteria for apportionment of state into congressional and legislative districts

The Legislative Assembly or the Secretary of State, whichever is applicable, shall consider the following criteria when apportioning the state into congressional and legislative districts:

(1) Each district, as nearly as practicable, shall:

(a) Be contiguous;

(b) Be of equal population;

(c) Utilize existing geographic or political boundaries;

(d) Not divide communities of common interest; and

(e) Be connected by transportation links.

(2) No district shall be drawn for the purpose of favoring any political party, incumbent legislator or other person.

(3) No district shall be drawn for the purpose of diluting the voting strength of any language or ethnic minority group.

(4) Two state House of Representative districts shall be wholly included within a single state senatorial district. [1979 c.667 §1; 1981 c.864 §2]

Notes of Decisions

Article IV, sec­tion 6 of Oregon Constitu­tion, as amended by 1986 referendum measure, grants Supreme Court original jurisdic­tion to determine whether Secretary of State’s reappor­tion­ment plan complies with this sec­tion. Ater v. Keisling, 312 Or 207, 819 P2d 296 (1991)

Secretary of State’s decision to adopt popula­tion devia­tion standard of plus-or-minus one percent was not in viola­tion of this sec­tion, and did not foreclose adequate considera­tion of other statutory criteria. Ater v. Keisling, 312 Or 207, 819 P2d 296 (1991)

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Notes of Decisions

In modifica­tion of dissolu­tion judg­ment, trial court erred when pension was treated as spousal support and not marital prop­erty and wife was awarded 47 percent of husband’s Coast Guard pension accrued during marriage. Valley and Valley, 97 Or App 95, 775 P2d 332 (1989), as modified by 99 Or App 252, 781 P2d 1219 (1989), Sup Ct review denied

  • KVAL / Jordan Bentz and Chris Wig, Oct 3, 2011
    “Oregon law prohibits the packing scenario de­scribed by Sorenson; Oregon Revised Statute 188.010 reads in part, “No district shall be drawn for the purpose . . .”
1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 188—Congressional and Legislative Districts; Reapportionment, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors188.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2017, Chapter 188, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano188.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent.