Seven measures certified for Oregon 2014 ballot

SALEM -- We now know which initiatives have earned a slot on the Oregon ballot this year.

State officials this week certified the last two ballot measures, which would legalize marijuana for adults and require labels on genetically modified foods.

Several initiatives that started with much fanfare were later dropped - taxation and anti-union measures, a gay marriage initiative.

Here's what did make the cut, including measures referred by the Legislature:

  • Recreational marijuana legalization
  • Labeling requirements for genetically modified foods
  • A top-two primary to replace the partisan primary elections
  • An equal-rights amendment for women
  • Granting driving privileges to people who can't prove they're legally in the country
  • Allowing judges to serve in the National Guard or teach at state universities
  • Authorizing the state to take on debt to pay for student financial aid.

The Statesman-Journal has broken down how the ballot campaigns will play out:

  • Most expensive: GMO labeling
  • Most surprising opponent (ACLU): Equal rights amendment
  • Most forgettable: Judicial moonlighting
  • Most difficult to explain: College scholarship fund
  • Most divisive: Driver ID card
  • Most likely to gain national attention: Marijuana legalization
  • Biggest uphill battle: Top two primary

More: Battle lines drawn for November's 7 ballot measures


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