Measure 73 is yet another poorly crafted Kevin Mannix-sponsored mandatory-minimum sentencing measure that qualified for the ballot via paid signature gathering. Measure 73 does nothing to address serious issues of public safety; instead, it combines two disparate issues guaranteed to garner emotional responses from voters in a thinly disguised effort on the part of Kevin Mannix to rack up an easy political win. PSJ opposes Measure 73.
Complete Ballot Title and Text of Measure
The complete ballot title and text of the measure can be read at the Secretary of State's website here: Measure 73.
A Strong Group of Organizations Oppose Measure 73
Partnership for Safety and Justice is part of a coalition of organizations who oppose Measure 73. These organizations are concerned about the Oregon’s ability to foster safe communities and have submitted official statements in opposition to Measure 73 to be published in Oregon’s Official Voter’s Guide. Their statements are linked below. (Read PSJ’s official voter guide statement.)
Seeing Measure 73 for What It Is
David Rogers explores the raw and ugly politics of Measure 73, yet another Kevin Mannix mandatory minimum sentencing ballot measure, this one combining two completely different issues in an thinly-disguised effort to garner a political win with its emotionally provocative ballot title. Read this Justice Matters article at this link: "Seeing Measure 73 for What It Is."
Would Measure 73 Make Us Safer?
PSJ's Crime Survivors Program Director Kerry Naughton addresses whether Measure 73 offers any viable solutions to problems of driving while intoxicated or sexual assault. Read this Justice Matters article at this link: "Would Measure 73 Make Us Safer?"
Voter Guide Statements
A diverse group of organizations care enough about the impact Measure 73 could have on Oregon to invest in placing statements in opposition to the measure in the official voter’s guide which will be mailed to all registered Oregon voters. You can read these statements at the Secretary of State’s website here: Measure 73 Voter Guide.
Oregonian says Measure 73 is "Tough on Crime, Short on Money"
The Oregonian Editorial Board published their opinion on Measure 73 and its potential drastic financial impact on Oregon, saying: “…in a state with a perilous budget forecast, it is important to begin a serious conversation about any measure that would impose new costs or segregate a significant amount of revenue.” You can read their editorial here: “Tough on Crime, Short on Money.”
Citizens' Initiative Review of Measure 73
21 out of 24 Oregonians decided Measure 73 would be bad policy. Read the official results of the Citizens' Initiative Review (CIR) panel at the Healthy Democracy Oregon website: Results from the Citizens’ Initiative Review of Measure 73.
The Salem Statesman Journal published an in-depth article on the CIR of Measure 73. Read their press coverage here: “Panelists Reach Conclusions on Measure 73.”
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