Common Sense For Oregon’s Inspiration
Over 100 years ago, a group of reformers, headed by William S. Uren, fought to reduce the impact of special interests on Oregon government. Uren had a very simple idea: the common sense of the people of Oregon should apply to important decisions for the state. If the legislature failed or refused to address an important issue, the people should be able to directly enact a reform or challenge a bad law passed by the legislature. This led to the birth of what became known, nationally, as the Oregon system: the initiative, the referendum and the recall.