Northwest Ballot Measures Shaping Up

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SALEM, Ore. – Northwest voters now have a better sense of which ballot measures they'll need to decide this fall. The Oregon Secretary of State's office announced Friday which initiatives qualified for the ballot. Voters in Washington and Idaho also have several statewide questions to consider.

Oregon voters will have nine statewide measures to decide. The latest to qualify is an initiative that would repeal Oregon's estate tax. Another would abolish the state's unique corporate kicker tax rebate.

Those join a pair of measures aimed at establishing Oregon's first non-tribal casino, and one that would prohibit salmon fishing with gillnets along the Columbia River. Oregon voters will also consider legalizing recreational marijuana.

A pot initiative is also on the ballot in Washington. That state will consider at least six statewide measures, including one that would legalize same-sex marriage.

Idaho voters will have five measures on their ballot. One would enshrine the right to hunt and fish in the state's constitution. Three other referenda in Idaho aim to overturn a package of education bills originally approved by state lawmakers.

Copyright 2012 Northwest News Network

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