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OCA, Campaign Finance Reform and Medical Marijuana Efforts Early Out of Gate in Race to Gather Signatures for 2004 Ballot

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Publication Date: September 2003

Publisher(s): Democracy Reform Oregon

Author(s): Janice Thompson

Topic: Politics (Campaigns, lobbying, and pressure groups)

Type: News release

Coverage: Oregon

Abstract:

Hot-button social issues dominate early signature gathering efforts for the November 2004 ballot, as seven reports filed at the Secretary of State's office last week reveal. Three of the seven reports are from campaigns affiliated with the conservative Oregon Citizens Alliance. Two of these are closely related to unsuccessful initiatives filed in the last election cycle--the Student Protection Act III and the Judicial Oath of Office Act. In addition, the OCA has filed a measure "to save the lives of the innocent," which appears to broadly address issues of separation of religion and state.

In addition, several other groups are gathering signatures to ensure road building in certain parts of the state, reinstate term limits, expand Oregon's medical marijuana act, and enact contribution limits campaign finance reform.