This clause is more insidious than you realize.
Any law that is enacted by the Oregon Legislature becomes null and void if it is successfully referred to the people. Whenever enough signatures are gathered for referral the law is returned to the status of a bill. The bill is then voted upon by the people themselves to decide whether or not to enact the law.
Article IV section 28 of the Oregon Constitution states that no law will be enacted that takes effect before the 91st day after the end of the legislative session, unless an emergency clause is attached. The attachment of an emergency clause has the effect of advancing the date when the law becomes effective to less than the 91st day.
This is very important because Article IV section 1 (3) (a) states that any law may be referred to the people for a vote that does not become effective until after the 91st day following the end of the legislative session. This is designed to provide enough time for the people to successfully gather the required signatures. An emergency clause makes the law take effect before the 91st day; thereby, preventing the law from being referred to the people.
Essentially this clause is being used to bypass our ability to recall and force a public vote on the issue. Call your Rep. and give em hell.
Rep. Greenlick – 503-986-1433
Rep. Bailey – 503-986-1442
Rep. Buckley – 503-986-1405
Rep. Dembro – 503-986-1445
Rep. Frederick – 503-986-1443
Rep. Keny-Guyer – 503-986-1446
Rep. Read – 503-986-1427
Rep. Reardon – 503-986-1428
Rep. Tomei – 503-986-1441
Sen. Burdick – 503-986-1718
Sen. Dingfelder – 503-986-1723
Sen. Hass – 503-986-1714
Sen. Monnes Anderson – 503-986-1725
Sen. Monroe – 503-986-1724
Sen. Shields – 503-986-1722
Sen. Steiner Hayward – 503-986-1717