Died In committee on 06-26-21
Status (overview) of bill:https://olis.oregonlegislature.gov/liz/2021R1/Measures/Overview/HJR9
Committee assigned to bill:https://olis.oregonlegislature.gov/liz/2021R1/Committees/HRULES/Overview
This bill amends Oregon Constitution to increase the number of Senators serving in the Legislative Assembly to 36, one for each county by duplicating the structure of the U.S. Congress.
Article I, Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution is a model for equal representation for rural and less populated states to balance the power against populated areas. Supreme Court has discouraged using this model, but in recent years they have been more receptive. Even Karcher v. Daggett, 462 U.S. 725 (1983). Significance: Congressional districts must be mathematically equal in population, unless necessary to achieve a legitimate state objective, which allows for developing the objective of equal representation. Other states are looking at similar proposals. Redistricting would be set and not negotiable for gerrymandering.