Tuesday, November 6 2012, 12:24 PM CST
Oregon voters mull pot, casinos and party control
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The 2012 election could bring several changes to Oregon as voters decided whether to regulate pot, allow non-tribal casinos and even give one party control on the state House of Representatives.
Measure 80 would legalize marijuana and would allow the state control over its sales. However, Polling has shown the state unwilling to regulate pot like alcohol.
Two measures, 82 and 83, would allow developers to build a non-tribal casino outside of Portland. Backers of the measure stopped campaigning for it after polls showed it was unlikely to pass.
Also on the ballot is a measure that would ban use of gillnets by nontribal commercial fishermen on the Columbia River. The main backers of the measure have reversed their position, lessening the likelihood it will pass.
Voters will have the chance to break up the tied Oregon House of Representatives and change control of the state Senate.
About a dozen competitive districts primarily in the Portland suburbs will determine which party is victorious. But another tie is possible in the House or the Senate.
The party that controls a legislative chamber has the power to set the agenda in Salem for the next two years and to block or advance the priorities of the Democratic governor.
The winners of 60 House races and 15 Senate contests will have to contend with a still-sluggish economy and costs that are growing faster than revenue.