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Clarno approves refiled forest protection initiatives

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Found earlier measures violated single-subject rule

SALEM, Ore. (KTVZ) -- Oregon Secretary of State Bev Clarno on Thursday approved three refiled forest protection initiatives, having rejected previous proposals because they violated the "single subject" constitutional requirement.

Last week, Marion County Circuit Court ruled that Clarno was correct to reject three initiative petitions (35, 36, and 37) because they violated the single-subject rule in Oregon’s constitution.

The petitioners refiled three new initiative petitions (45, 46, and 47, otherwise known as Oregon Forest Water Protections), which removed those sections that contained multiple subjects.

On Thursday, Clarno approved the three new initiative petitions to move forward in the process.

“I appreciate that the chief petitioners of these initiatives amended their proposals to meet the constitutional requirements,” Clarno said. “Voters will now be able to read and decide for themselves on these issues.”

November 27, 2019 Statement from Secretary of State Bev Clarno

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