County Board Drops Idea To Exert Control Over Initiative Process

Aug 31, 2016

The Lane County Board of Commissioners Tuesday decided not to go forward with an ordinance that would have given them veto power over local ballot proposals.

Lane County Commissioners at a board meeting
Credit Rachael McDonald

After an executive session, commissioners voted unanimously to cancel their upcoming public meeting in September on the issue.
The idea of giving the board power to veto ballot measures that are not of "county concern" was brought to the board by two attorneys. They argued it’s a waste of county money when ballot measures are approved by voters and then struck down in court.
After the board first discussed the proposal, they got pushback from citizens groups who threatened to sue the county.
The board agreed it will not look at this issue again for six months.