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Constitution of Oregon: 2016 Edition

The leather cover of the 1857 Oregon Constitution.

The leather cover of the 1857 Oregon Constitution. View original Constitution.

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The Oregon Constitution was framed by a convention of 60 delegates chosen by the people. The convention met on the third Monday in August 1857 and adjourned on September 18 of the same year. On November 9, 1857, the Constitution was approved by the vote of the people of Oregon Territory. The Act of Congress admitting Oregon into the Union was approved February 14, 1859, and on that date the Constitution went into effect.


The Constitution is here published as it is in effect following the approval of amendments and revisions on November 8, 2016. The text of the original signed copy of the Constitution filed in the office of the Secretary of State is retained unless it has been repealed or superseded by amendment or revision. Where the original text has been amended or revised or where a new provision has been added to the original Constitution, the source of the amendment, revision or addition is indicated in the source note immediately following the text of the amended, revised or new section. Notations also have been made setting out the history of repealed sections.


Unless otherwise specifically noted, the leadlines for the sections have been supplied by Legislative Counsel.


Web version | Print version (PDF - with index - 95 pages) | 1857 Constitution


Preamble to the Oregon Constitution
We the people of the State of Oregon to the end that Justice be established, order maintained, and liberty perpetuated, do ordain this Constitution.—


Article I Bill of Rights


II Suffrage and Elections


III Distribution of Powers


IV Legislative Branch


V Executive Branch


VI Administrative Department


VII (Amended) Judicial Department


VII (Original) The Judicial Department


VIII Education and School Lands


IX Finance


X The Militia


X-A Catastrophic Disasters


XI Corporations and Internal Improvements

(Sections 1-11)
(Sections 11b-15a)


XI-A through XI-F(2)

XI-A Farm and Home Loans to Veterans
XI-D State Power Development
XI-E State Reforestation
XI-F(1) Higher Education Building Projects
XI-F(2) Veterans' Bonus


XI-G through XI-Q

XI-G Higher Education Institutions and Activities; Community Colleges
XI-H Pollution Control
XI-I(1) Water Development Projects
XI-I(2) Multifamily Housing for Elderly and Disabled
XI-J Small Scale Local Energy Loans
XI-K Guarantee of Bonded Indebtedness of Education Districts
XI-L Oregon Health and Science University
XI-M Seismic Rehabilitation of Public Education Buildings
XI-N Seismic Rehabilitation of Emergency Services Buildings
XI-O Pension Liabilities
XI-P School District Capital Costs
XI-Q Real or Personal Property Owned or Operated by State


XII through XIV

XII State Printing
XIV Seat of Government


XV Miscellaneous


XVI Boundaries


XVII Amendments and Revisions


XVIII Schedule