Willamette to Hold Forum On Measure 7

Willamette University's Public Policy Research Center will sponsor a policy forum entitled "Initiatives and Mandates: The Status of Measure 7 and "Takings' in Oregon" on Wednesday, April 18, 2001, from 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. in the Hatfield Room, 2nd Floor - Hatfield Library. The forum will feature two panel discussions: "The Rationale for "Takings' Policies" at 1:30 p.m. and the "The Future of Measure 7" at 3:00 p.m.

The passage of Measure 7 has become a catalyst for debate about land use regulation, property rights, environmental protection and quality of life issues for all Oregonians. The purpose of this forum is to engage the general public, the capitol community and the campus community in a dialogue beyond the pros and cons of the measure.

The forum aims to place the passage of Measure 7 in context with "takings' policies within and beyond Oregon, to explore the rationale behind "takings' policies and to look at alternative policy options. The forum will also provide up-to-date information on the status of Measure 7 and legal and legislative responses to the measure and offer differing perspectives on the future impact of the measure for local and municipal governments, individual property owners and for Oregon as a whole. The panelists will include representatives of grassroots land use, property rights and environmental advocacy groups, legal and legislative experts, researchers, and urban and rural policy makers.

This forum is free and open to the public. For a tentative schedule, visit the Public Policy Research Center web site or contact Carol Freedman.