ballot-measure

RESOLUTION NO 2016 – ______

RESOLUTION OF THE CITY OF ASHLAND, JACKSON COUNTY, OREGON, TO SUBMIT TO ASHLAND ELECTORS AT THE NOVEMBER 8, 2016 GENERAL ELECTION AN ADVISORY QUESTION ON INSTRUCTING THE 2017 OREGON LEGISLATURE TO CREATE A TRANSPARENT PUBLIC PROCESS TO DESIGN A SYSTEM THAT PROVIDES TIMELY ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE COMPREHENSIVE HEALTH CARE FOR ALL OREGON RESIDENTS, ENSURES CHOICE OF PROVIDER, HAS EFFECTIVE COST CONTROLS, EQUITABLE ACCESS, AND A FOCUS ON PREVENTATIVE CARE.

RECITALS:

A. The City Council of the City of Ashland, Jackson County, Oregon (the “City”) has the authority to submit to electors at duly scheduled elections advisory questions on matters of interest to the City regardless of whether they are beyond the scope of the City’s power to enact legislation.

B. Ashland residents are directly affected by Oregon laws regarding the provision and financing of health care to Oregonians.

C. The Oregon Legislature in chapter 712, Oregon laws 2013, required the Oregon Health Authority to conduct a study in accordance with certain criteria set forth in the legislation, and then recommend the best option for financing health care in the state. The study was funded by HB2828 in the 2015 session and is to be completed in time for the 2017 session.

D. The City Council wishes to afford the voters of Ashland the opportunity to decide whether to encourage the 2017 Oregon Legislature to create a transparent public process that builds upon the recommendations of the study authorized in the 2013 and 2015 sessions in order to design a system that provides timely access to comprehensive health care for all Oregon residents. This healthcare system would ensure choice of provider; have effective cost controls, equitable access, and a focus on preventive care; meet the criteria described in chapter 712, Oregon laws 2013; and be affordable for families, businesses, and society.

THE CITY OF ASHLAND RESOLVES AS FOLLOWS:

SECTION 1. At the November 8, 2016 election, the advisory question in the ballot title in the attached Exhibit A shall be submitted to the electors of Ashland for their “yes” or “no” vote.

SECTION 2. The City Recorder shall cause to be delivered to the Elections Officer of Jackson County, Oregon, not later than 61 days prior to the November 8, 2016 election notice of the City’s referral of the advisory ballot question and all that is required to ensure that the ballot title as shown in Exhibit A complies with County and State requirements for submittal to Ashland electors in the November 8, 2016 election.

SECTION 3. The City Recorder shall give notice of receipt of the ballot title and notice of electors’ right to petition for review of the ballot title as provided in the laws of the State of Oregon and the charter and ordinances of the City of Ashland.

SECTION 4. The City Attorney is authorized to modify the text of the ballot title and explanatory statement shown in Exhibit A to comply with any rules, procedures or practices of the Elections Officer of Jackson County to implement the requirements of Oregon law.

This resolution is effective upon signing by the Mayor.

PASSED and ADOPTED this _____day of _________, 2016.

_____________________________ Barbara Christensen, City Recorder

SIGNED and APPROVED this day of _________, 2016.

_____________________________ John Stromberg, Mayor

Reviewed as to form:

___________________________ David Lohman, City Attorney

EXHIBIT “A”

City of Ashland Ballot Measure

November 8, 2016 General Election:

Advisory Question on

Implementation of Oregon Health Care Study

Caption:

Question on design of comprehensive health care system.

Total 8 words (10 words permitted per ORS 250.035)

Question:

Shall Ashland voters instruct the 2017 Oregon Legislature to design a comprehensive health care system for Oregon?

Total 17 words (20 words permitted per ORS 250.035 20)

Summary:

The Ashland City Council has placed this advisory question on the ballot to determine whether a majority of Ashland voters wish to encourage the 2017 Oregon Legislature to create a transparent public process that will build upon the recommendations of the study authorized in 2013 and 2015 sessions in order to design a system that provides timely access to comprehensive health care for all Oregon residents. This healthcare system would ensure choice of provider; have effective cost controls, equitable access, and a focus on preventive care; meet the criteria described in chapter 712, Oregon laws 2013; and be affordable for families, businesses, and society.

The outcome of the election on this advisory question will not be binding; it will, instead, serve to inform the Oregon Legislature of the views of a majority of Ashland voters on the implementation of the financing study authorized in the 2013 Legislative Session.

Total 148 words (175 words permitted per ORS 250.035)

Explanatory Statement:

The Oregon Legislature in 2013 directed the Oregon Health Authority to conduct a study and then recommend the best option for financing health care in the state.The study was funded by HB2828 in the 2015 session and is to be completed in time for the 2017 session.

A “yes” vote on the advisory question would encourage the 2017 Legislature to utilize the results of the study authorized in 2013 and 2015 to design a system that provides timely access to comprehensive health care for all Oregon residents, ensures choice of provider, and has effective cost controls, equitable access, and a focus on preventative care.

A “no” vote would instruct the 2017 legislature not to design a system that provides timely access to comprehensive health care for all Oregon residents, thereby retaining the current mixed employer/Affordable Care Act system which provides for health care coverage through health insurance policies paid for by employers, individuals and the government.

Total 157 words (500 words permitted per ORS 246.150, 251.305 & 251