Last month, our movement saw a new victory with the institutionalization of Citizen Juries in Oregon.
On June 16, Governor Kitzhaber—with strong bipartisan support from the state House and Senate—signed in legislation continuing the Citizens’ Initiative Review (HB 2634). This law establishes the legal framework to provide Oregon voters with reliable, high-quality, citizen-driven information about ballot measures. When future ballot issues arise, a random sample of Oregonians—peers of the voters—will engage in pro/con deliberation and will summarize their findings in a one-page citizen statement. On the day of the election, all voters see a printed version of the citizen statement in the voter pamphlet.
Posted on July 27, 2011 by Common Lot Sortitionist