Oregon voters had plenty of other measures to vote on aside from Measure 97. And they approved nearly all of them. Here’s a rundown:
Oregon Measure 94 was going down. It would have allowed state judges to serve past age 75. The Constitutional Amendment repeals the state’s mandatory retirement age for judges in Oregon.
Oregon Measure 95 was passing. It allows public universities to invest money in the stock market. The Constitutional Amendment modifies a statewide ban on agencies investing in equities. Leaders of the state’s seven universities say allowing them to buy and sell stocks will give them the ability to reduce financial risks and increase benefits for students.
Oregon Measure 96 won voter approval. It dedicates lottery money on services for veterans. It changes the Constitution to send 1.5 percent of state lottery funds to veteran services.
Oregon voters passed Measure 98, which requires state funding on high school programs, including dropout prevention, college readiness and career training. Supporters said it’s a key set of investments to boost Oregon’s deplorable high school graduation rate. Opponents called the measure an “unfunded mandate.”
Oregon Measure 99 won approval. It dedicates 4 percent of lottery proceeds to fund Outdoor School programs. The Outdoor School measure got significant backing from education and environmental groups. Opponents worried the measure would tap already limited state resources for economic development.
Voters gave their approval to Oregon Measure 100, which bans the buying or selling of body parts belonging to certain animals. The aim is to crack down on the trade of threatened species.