Legislation

The ACLU of Oregon often takes positions on state, city, and county proposals that would have an impact on civil liberties and civil rights. The ACLU is strictly non-partisan; we never support or oppose candidates for elective office.

Initiatives and Ballot Measures

The ACLU of Oregon has a long history of participating in ballot measure campaigns that affect civil liberties. We monitor all initiative petitions that are filed and submit comments on the draft ballot titles and, when necessary, challenge the certified ballot title in the Oregon Supreme Court. Sometimes we file pre- and post-election challenges to the constitutionality of ballot measures. We filed the first successful case (Artmatta v. Kitzhaber) to establish the requirement that our Constitution can only be amended one amendment at a time, stopping the practice of log-rolling multiple issues before voters.