Senate Joint Resolution 44--Referred to the Electorate of Oregon by the 1999 Legislature to be voted on at the Special Election, November 2, 1999.

BALLOT TITLE


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AMENDS CONSTITUTION: REQUIRES LIGHT, HEAVY MOTOR VEHICLE CLASSES PROPORTIONATELY SHARE HIGHWAY COSTS
RESULT OF "YES" VOTE: "Yes" vote requires light, heavy vehicles proportionately share highway costs through vehicle fees, fuel tax.

RESULT OF "NO" VOTE: "No" vote rejects requiring light, heavy vehicles proportionately share highway costs through fees, fuel tax.

SUMMARY: Amends constitution. Constitution now does not specify that motor vehicle fuel tax and vehicle fees for ownership, operation, use, be proportionate to costs of constructing, maintaining system of public highways, roads, rest areas, that are incurred because of different vehicle classes. Measure requires that share of revenues paid for use of light vehicles (cars) and heavy vehicles (trucks) be proportionate to costs incurred for highway system because of each vehicle class. Requires biennial legislative review, adjustment of revenue sources as necessary to ensure fairness, proportionality.

ESTIMATE OF FINANCIAL IMPACT: No financial effect on state or local government expenditures or revenues.


TEXT OF MEASURE

Be It Resolved by the Legislative Assembly of the State of Oregon:

    PARAGRAPH 1. Section 3a, Article IX of the Constitution of the State of Oregon, is amended to read:
    Sec. 3a. (1) Except as provided in subsection (2) of this section, revenue from the following shall be used exclusively for the construction, reconstruction, improvement, repair, maintenance, operation and use of public highways, roads, streets and roadside rest areas in this state:
    (a) Any tax levied on, with respect to, or measured by the storage, withdrawal, use, sale, distribution, importation or receipt of motor vehicle fuel or any other product used for the propulsion of motor vehicles; and
    (b) Any tax or excise levied on the ownership, operation or use of motor vehicles.
    (2) Revenues described in subsection (1) of this section:
    (a) May also be used for the cost of administration and any refunds or credits authorized by law.
    (b) May also be used for the retirement of bonds for which such revenues have been pledged.
    (c) If from levies under paragraph (b) of subsection (1) of this section on campers, mobile homes, motor homes, travel trailers, snowmobiles, or like vehicles, may also be used for the acquisition, development, maintenance or care of parks or recreation areas.
    (d) If from levies under paragraph (b) of subsection (1) of this section on vehicles used or held out for use for commercial purposes, may also be used for enforcement of commercial vehicle weight, size, load, conformation and equipment regulation.
    (3) Revenues described in subsection (1) of this section that are generated by taxes or excises imposed by the state shall be generated in a manner that ensures that the share of revenues paid for the use of light vehicles, including cars, and the share of revenues paid for the use of heavy vehicles, including trucks, is fair and proportionate to the costs incurred for the highway system because of each class of vehicle. The Legislative Assembly shall provide for a biennial review and, if necessary, adjustment, of revenue sources to ensure fairness and proportionality.

    PARAGRAPH 2. The amendment proposed by this resolution shall be submitted to the people for their approval or rejection at a special election held throughout this state on the date specified in section 2, chapter _____, Oregon Laws 1999 (Enrolled House Bill 2354). If a special election is not held throughout this state on the date specified in section 2, chapter _____, Oregon Laws 1999 (Enrolled House Bill 2354), the amendment proposed by this resolution shall be submitted to the people for their approval or rejection at a special election held throughout this state on the same date as the next biennial primary election.

NOTE: Boldfaced type indicates new language; [brackets and italic] type indicates deletions or comments.


EXPLANATORY STATEMENT

    This measure amends section 3a, Article IX of the Oregon Constitution to require that revenue from a tax or excise imposed by the state on motor vehicle fuel or on a motor vehicle be generated in a manner that is fair and proportionate to costs for highways incurred from use of the highways by light vehicles and heavy vehicles. Light vehicles include cars and heavy vehicles include trucks.

    The measure requires the Legislative Assembly, every two years, to review and, if necessary, to adjust the taxes and excises to ensure that the taxes and excises on motor vehicle fuel and motor vehicles are fair and proportionate as between costs for highways incurred from use by light vehicles and by heavy vehicles.

    Section 3a, Article IX, currently requires that revenue from any tax or excise levied on motor vehicle fuel and the ownership or operation or use of a motor vehicle be used primarily for:

    1. Construction, reconstruction, improvement, repair, maintenance, operation and use of public highways, roads,
        streets and roadside rest areas;

   2. Cost of administration and refunds or credits authorized by law; and

   3. Retirement of bonds for which the revenues have been pledged.
 
Committee Members: 
Senator Lee Beyer
Representative Bruce Starr
Representative Roger Beyer
Senator Tony Corcoran
Kathleen Beaufait
Appointed By:
President of the Senate
Speaker of the House
Secretary of State
Secretary of State
Members of the Committee

(This committee was appointed to provide an impartial explanation of the ballot measure pursuant to
 ORS 251.215.)


Arguments In Favor

Arguments In Opposition

No arguments in opposition to this ballot measure were filed with the Secretary of State
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