We study issues:
- Because we need detailed, reliable, carefully researched information.
- So LWV members and citizens can reach their own conclusions.
- To develop advocacy positions that can be used by our Action Team.
To request a hard copy of any of these reports, contact LWV of Oregon. Reports are free; however, there is a small charge to cover shipping. Some quantities may be limited. Many college and community libraries have copies as well. You can find additional League studies, including national and other state studies, at the LWVUS Study Clearinghouse website.
- (NEW!) Cybersecurity Study
- Hard Rock Mining in Oregon
- Postsecondary Education Study Update
- Election Methods Study Update
- Children at Risk
- Coastal and Nearshore Oregon
- Water in Oregon
- Election Methods
- Redistricting in Oregon
- Oregon’s Homeless Youth
- Oregon’s Judiciary
- The Trial Jury in Oregon’s State Courts
- Oregon Taxes: Myths and Facts
- Funding Oregon
- Campaign Finance Reform
- Electricity Issues
- Land Use
- Oregon’s Initiative System
- Mental Health in Oregon
- Farmworkers in Oregon
- Juvenile Justice
- Shift in Oregon Household and Business Tax Burdens
- K – 12 School District Financing
- State Parks
- Election Laws
- More study reports are available in print only
Amid compelling daily ongoing developments, this study addresses:
- Privacy, cybersecurity, and election security
- Privacy and cybersecurity protocols now in effect
- Current legislation: privacy, cyber, and security, and election security
- “Cyber hygiene”, or privacy and transparency protection, a glossary, and other resources are included in appendices.
The need for this study arose from the League of Women Voters of Oregon’s lack of a position to support Oregon’s identity theft bill, HB 1551, addressing the 2017 Equifax data breach. Policymakers debate existing legislation—a fragmented regulatory framework which fails to provide comprehensive cybersecurity—in an effort to balance personal information privacy with accountability, transparency (information disclosure), and responsible oversight (Craig, Shackelford, & Hiller, 2015). Individuals have limited recourse to protect their personal privacy (Bamberger & Mulligan, 2013). Stakeholders must thoroughly consider regulatory actions to avoid unintended consequences (Messer, 2019) and try to future-proof laws in anticipation of the inevitable technological changes ahead (Kerry, 2018).
This report seeks to evaluate the current status of hard rock mining in Oregon. It aims to review the history of relevant laws, to summarize the processing and products of hard rock mining, to examine the economic value of mining, to assess the environmental impacts of mining in the state, and finally to consider alternatives to mining.Hard Rock Mining in Oregon – Full Study (PDF, 40 pgs)
Hard Rock Mining Study Summary (PDF)
Hard Rock Mining Study Consensus Questions (WORD)
Hard Rock Mining Study Outline (PPT)
In 2013, League of Women Voters of Oregon members voted at convention to study and update their state position on higher education. The scope of the study was to include review of our Public Postsecondary Education position, examining the role of the state and its public educational institutions in meeting the goals and challenges of postsecondary education in the 21st century. Downloadable study files at the links below.
Postsecondary Education Study Update – Full Report (PDF, 54 pgs)
Executive Summary (PDF, 4 pgs)
Consensus Questions for Local Leagues (PDF, 7 pgs)
Read our updated position statement in our Study Archive.
The following is an update to the Elections Methods Study (2008), which reviews a range of election systems, discusses specific Oregon proposals and the National Popular Vote.
Positions From Other Leagues – Election Methods Update (7 pgs; pdf)
2008 – Election Methods Executive Summary (3 pgs; pdf)
The Children at Risk (CAR) Study This study examines how the most vulnerable children in our state are identified and receive early intervention services that may enhance their chances to thrive in life. It specifically addresses:
- Recent changes in legislation relating to early learning;
- Restructuring and delivery of services in Oregon at state, county and local levels for children 0-6 (including 0-8 for 3rd grade reading assessments);
- Flow of federal and state funding, passed through to local Oregon communities;
- Refinement of a quantifiable data system evaluating effectiveness of interventions, funding inefficiencies, and tracking those historically under served.
PDF available here: Children at Risk Study 2015
Talking about the League! The Oregon Education Investment Board (OEIB) March Newsletter
An overview of the complex, interconnected issues and challenges that must be addressed in making decisions to manage the natural resources of the coastline; reflects the economic, social, and cultural impacts of these management decisions with particular emphasis on marine reserves and ocean energy.
Coastal and Nearshore Oregon (48 pgs; pdf)
Coastal and Nearshore Oregon HTML online version (html)
Executive Summary (5 pgs; pdf)
Acronym List (2 pgs; pdf)
Mapping the Dynamic Oregon Coast (pdf)
Coastal Study Presentation (pdf)
Links to additional Information (Word document)
2009 – Water in Oregon: Not a Drop to Waste
Part 1 is a concise review of the current Oregon laws and regulations for water resources and water quality.
Part 1: Regulating Water in Oregon (36 pgs; pdf)
Water in Oregon Part 1 2009 Online Version (html)
Part 1: Executive Summary (4 pgs; pdf)
Part 1: Slideshow Presentation (PowerPoint)
Part 1: Printable Slideshow (pdf)
Part 2 covers the current issues facing water quality and quantity from the perspectives of stakeholder groups throughout the state; 2010.
Part 2: Issues and Perspectives (40 pgs; pdf)
Water in Oregon Part II 2010 Online Version (html)
Part 2: Executive Summary (4 pgs; pdf)
Part 2: Slideshow Presentation (PowerPoint)
Part 2: Printable Slideshow (pdf)
2008 – Election Methods: Review of Alternatives and Oregon Proposals
The Elections Methods Study reviews a range of election systems, discusses specific Oregon proposals and the National Popular Vote.
Election Methods: Review of Alternatives and Oregon Proposals (40 pgs; pdf)
Election Methods Executive Summary (3 pgs; pdf)
Election Methods Presentation (PowerPoint Viewer)
Additional information on Oregon elections:
Oregon County Vote Tally Equipment
2007 – Redistricting in Oregon
A study of current redistricting processes and future possibilities.
2006 – Oregon’s Homeless Youth
Who are Oregon’s homeless youth, who is responsible for them, and what services are available for them? Are there gaps in these services, and if so, what changes can be made?
2005-2007 – The Oregon Judiciary: Challenges for the 21st Century
Part 2 of the 2005-07 study of Oregon’s Judiciary. Covers the challenges faced by the most poorly understood and least visible of the three branches of government.
Presents a history and general overview Oregon’s judiciary system; 2006.
An Overview of Oregon’s Judiciary (Part 1) (14 pgs; pdf)
2005 – The Trial Jury in Oregon’s State Courts
Presents a general overview of a juror’s role in Oregon state trial courts.
2005 – Oregon Taxes: Myths and Facts
2004 – Funding Oregon: The Ins and Outs of State Finance
Helps Oregon citizens better understand the state’s taxation system.
Funding Oregon: The Ins and Outs of State Finance MP3 Audio Recording: Full Report
Introduction (.7 MB)
Where Does the Money Come From? (7.8 MB)
Where Does the Money Go? (5.4 MB)
Changes in the System (2.6 MB)
Is Tax Reform Needed? (1.5 MB)
Proposals for Tax Reform (2.5 MB)
What Can You Do? (2 MB)
Sources (3 MB)
MP3 Audio Recording: Summary
Oregon and Its Taxes (5.2 MB)
Many thanks to Tim Patterson, aka Tim ‘Gonzo’ Gordon, who generously recorded the Funding Oregon report. Additional voices: Margaret Noel and Rebecca Smith
2004 – Campaign Finance Reform
Purpose: to review the history of campaign finance reform in Oregon and present options for reform.
2003 – Understanding Oregon’s Electricity Issues
Purpose: to trace the history of energy policy and review current issues pertaining to electricity in Oregon.
2002 – Land Use: Progress and Challenges
Purpose: to review the history, accomplishments and challenges to Oregon’s unique land use planning system.
2001 – Oregon’s Initiative System
Purpose: to understand the initiative process and review current issues in Oregon.
2001 – Mental Health in Oregon
Purpose: to review the care system for the mentally ill and understand recent changes to the system.
2000 – Farmworkers in Oregon
Purpose: to understand the history and current issues of agriculture, labor and immigration in Oregon.
2000 – Effects of Measure 11 on Juvenile Justice
Purpose: to understand how recent mandatory minimum sentence laws have affected the juvenile justice system.
1999 – Shift in Oregon Household and Business Tax Burdens
Purpose: to understand how recent voter-approved tax changes have affected the relationship between household and business tax burdens.
1999 – K through 12 School District Financing
Purpose: to understand changes initiated by tax reforms in the 1990s.
1998 – A Study of Oregon State Parks
Purpose: to understand the history and current issues of Oregon’s state parks system
Review of funding, history, and mission of parks, March 1998
Funding alternatives and future planning for state parks, October 1998
1996 Election Laws Study
Purpose: to review registration, elections, and the voting process; covers vote-by-mail, voter education, and election officials
To order one of the following printed studies, please contact us.
Print only: Children at Risk – 1995 Seismic Risks Study – 1994 Education Reform in Oregon: a Blueprint for the 21st Century – 1993 Adult Mental Health in Oregon – 1986 (Supplement – 1990) Energy, Ecology, Economics: Oregon Offshore Development Issues – 1990 Oregon School Finance: Solving the Dilemma – 1988 Schools Project Report of Round I & II – 1988 Public Post-Secondary Education in Oregon – 1984 Adult Corrections in Oregon II – 1983 Public Policy on Reproductive Choices – 1982 Oregon’s Emergency Board: One of a Kind – 1982 Economic Development and Revenue Bonds – 1982 Who Will Elect the President? The Electoral College System – 1980 You and Your National Government – 1980