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Pacific States Telephone & Telegraph Company v. Oregon

United States Supreme Court
223 U.S. 118 (1912)


Facts

A 1902 amendment to the Oregon Constitution provided for the use of the initiative process. The initiative process allowed the electorate to vote on a prospective law originating with the electorate itself. In 1906, the Oregon electorate proposed a corporate-tax law. A majority of the Oregon electorate voted for this law, resulting in its 1907 implementation. The Pacific States Telephone & Telegraph Company (Pacific States) (defendant) failed to pay the tax. Thus, Oregon (plaintiff) sought to compel Pacific States's payment of the overdue tax. Pacific States claimed that the 1902 amendment violated Art. IV, § 4 of the US Constitution.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (White, C.J.)

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