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Young’s e-mail address is gyoungnlj.com the term-limit ballot initiative proposed by the Oregon attorney general must be modified to delete language that would immediately apply the limits to sitting members of the Oregon Legislature, the Oregon Supreme Court ruled on July 31. Nesbitt v. Myers, No. S50479. The attorney general certified Initiative Petition 39, captioned “LIMITS TOTAL YEARS OF SERVICE BY CURRENT, FUTURE LEGISLATORS; INCLUDES PRIOR LEGISLATIVE SERVICE.” The initiative states that a “yes” vote would limit a member of the Legislature from serving more than six years in the House of Representatives, eight years in the Senate or 12 years, combined, in both. The summary of the initiative states that “no legislator sitting at time of measure’s effective date shall remain in office if it will cause that person to exceed the limits.” Tim Nesbitt, an authorized elector, sought review of the caption, the “yes” portion and the summary. Returning the ballot title for modification, the high court agreed with Nesbitt that the caption does not fully explain that the measure will prevent elected legislators from taking office or from finishing their terms if doing so would violate term limits. The measure is significant enough that it should be fully described in the caption, the court ruled.

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