Editor's Note: On February 6, we asked BlueOregon readers to suggest progressive ideas that the next Oregon Legislature should enact. Over the next several weeks, we'll post some of these ideas here - and ask you to discuss them. Good idea? Bad idea? Any suggestions?
From Steven Maurer:
- All constitutional amendments and statutes passed by direct ballot initiative are given an automatic sunset provision.
- Every 10 years, each is automatically placed on the ballot for re-ratification when time is up. If it fails, it ceases to be law.
- This applies retroactively to all initiatives passed in previous decades as well.
- The legislature and governor may, by passing a statute in favor of an Initiative Ballot or Amendment, exempt a statute or constitutional amendment initiative for one time. This vote must take place within 1 year of the time it would be normally reratified.
- Votes to exempt a statute are automatically introduced on the floor of the State House and Senate. They may not be bottled up in committee.
[If you have your own original progressive idea to propose, do it here: "There oughta be a law."]