July 16th, 2010 5:33 pm | by HANK STERN News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, Politics

Two Initiatives Qualify For The Oregon Ballot

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Two very different initiatives have turned in enough valid signatures to qualify for the Oregon ballot this November.

Secretary of State Kate Brown announced today that Initiative Petitions 13 and 28 each have more than the required 82,769 valid signatures required of a statutory change to qualify for the ballot.

Initiative Petition 13, a Kevin Mannix measure, would impose mandatory minimum sentences for certain major felony sex crimes and driving under the influence convictions. Of the 136,674 signatures accepted for verification, 68.2 percent, or 93,223 were determined to be valid.

Kevin Mannix

Initiative Petition 28 would establish a system of medical marijuana dispensaries. Of the 130,702 signatures accepted for verification, 65.7 percent, or 85,848 were determined to be valid.

Still awaiting signature verification results are two measures that would create a non-tribal casino at the former dog track in east Multnomah County. Also awaiting verification is an initiative that would set aside permanently a share of Oregon Lottery funds for wildlife and another that would change the process for legislative redistricting.

Once the Elections Division decides by Aug. 1 which measures qualify, the qualifying measures will be assigned a number in the order in which the completed petitions were submitted..
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