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There is no legal reason to keep it off, Multnomah County judge rules on Monday.

PMG FILE PHOTO - Portland City Hall

Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Stephen Bushong has ruled the single Portland Charter Commission reform measure constitutional.

In the hotly anticipated ruling, Bushong said noting in the Oregon Constitution prevents the multiple reform from being submitted in a single measure at the Nov. 8 general election. Portland Business President and CEO Andrew Hoan had challenged its legality because of restrictions in the Oregon Constitution again multiple subject in single measure.

Bushong found those restrictions only apply to citizen initiates, however.

The measure referred to the ballot would create a 12-member City Council elected in four multimember geographic zones, elect the council by ranked choice voting, and transfer administration of all city bureaus to a professional manager overseen by a citywide elected mayor who can only vote to break a tie.

The PBA was the first to react with a statement that said, "We are disappointed that the judge failed to recognize that the charter commission's proposal violates the constitutional single-subject protection for voters. Portlanders now have less choice. Our members and board will now have to weigh the unfortunate options to either oppose the measure and keep our present dysfunctional system, or to support the measure in favor of a completely improvised one that will likely lead to a different system of dysfunction. We suspect we are not the only ones that feel this way."

This is a developing story that will be updated.

The ruling can be found here.


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