Legalizing pot, 6 other initiatives appear headed for ballot

Legalizing pot, 6 other initiatives appear headed for ballot

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Proponents of seven initiatives have turned in enough signatures to potentially qualify for the November ballot in Oregon.
   
Proposed constitutional amendments require 116,000 valid signatures. Changes to state law require 87,000.
   
Among the seven initiatives that could qualify are proposals to ban gillnet fishing on the Columbia River, eliminate corporate "kicker" tax rebates, legalize marijuana and prohibit real-estate transfer taxes.
   
Two measures would authorize Oregon's first nontribal casino, and another would eliminate the estate tax.
   
Friday was the deadline to turn in petition forms, and state election officials have until Aug. 5 to verify signatures. At least 40 percent are typically rejected.
   
The Legislature has also referred two ballot measures.  One would fix grammatical errors in the constitution, and another would create emergency powers for the governor and Legislature.

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