Soon ballots will be mailed to Oregon voters. When you consider the statewide ballot measures, my advice is: vote YES on all four.
Measure 111 amends the state constitution to require the state to ensure affordable health care access. The state must balance health care funding against funding for schools and other essential services. Courts must respect that balance.
So it isn't a blank check for Oregon to go wild on health care spending. The measure simply sets forth a laudable goal: people should be able to get health care at a reasonable cost. Not exactly a revolutionary idea. It's common sense.
Measure 112 amends the state constitution to remove language allowing slavery and involuntary servitude as punishment for crime. Really hard to argue against that. Unless someone favors slavery and involuntary servitude.
Measure 113 disqualifies state legislators with ten unexcused absences from legislative floor sessions from holding office as legislator for the term following their current term of office. Meaning, a legislator who fails to show up for work ten times without an excuse has to take a break from being a legislator.
This is so uncontroversial, there's no arguments against it in the Voter's Pamphlet.
Measure 114 requires a background check, safety training, and a fee for a permit to acquire firearms. Magazines over 10 rounds are prohibited, though this doesn't apply to current owners of high capacity magazines.
Requiring safety training to buy a gun is comparable to passing a driving test before you're able to drive a car. We've all had to do that, once. Same with Measure 114. You just have to do it once. And if you have a concealed handgun license, you've probably met that requirement. So no big deal.