Ballot Measures By State
WASHINGTON (AllPolitics, Oct. 30) -- The following is a list of some of the more notable ballot measures in each state. In all, voters in 41 states plus the District of Columbia will decide 242 ballot measures on Nov. 5.
- Amendment #1: To guarantee the right to hunt and fish in Alabama; the "Sportsperson's Bill of Rights."
- Measure 1: Constitutional Amendment Concerning Statehood Act
- Measure 3: Prohibits airborne hunting of wolf, wolverine, fox or lynx
- Measure 4: Term limits. Instructs Congressional representatives to support a U.S. constitutional amendment on term limits. Includes marking future ballots "Violated voter instruction on term limits" or "Declined to take pledge to support term limits."
- Prop 101: Property Tax Exemption
- Prop 102: Juvenile Justice Reform (try certain juveniles as adults)
- Prop 200: Drug Policy Reform
- Prop 201: Indian gambling (standardizes state/tribal gaming pacts)
- Act. No. 1: Places limits on, and requires more disclosure of, campaign contributions.
- Amendment 4: Establishes a state lottery; permits charitable bingo games and raffles conducted by nonprofit organizations; allows voters in Hot Springs to decide on authorizing casino gambling.
- Amendment 6: Prohibits gambling on games of chance or skill; specifically prohibits gambling on horse or dog racing.
- Prop. 208: Limits campaign contributions/prohibits lobbyist contributions.
- Prop. 209: California Civil Rights Initiative (CCRI). Eliminates state and local government preference programs.
- Prop. 210: Minimum wage increase (In two steps: $5 per hour on 3/1/97 and $5.75 per hour on 3/1/98)
- Prop. 211: Security fraud lawsuits (makes it easier to sue)
- Prop. 212: Limits campaign spending, lifts restrictions on gifts from lobbyists and accepting honoraria.
- Prop. 214: Restricts HMOs (Prohibits discouraging health care professionals from informing patients or advocating treatment. Requires health care business to create criteria for payment and facility staffing.)
- Prop. 215: Allows for medical use of marijuana.
- Prop. 216: Restricts HMOs (prohibits conditioning coverage on arbitration agreement. Imposes taxes on corporate restructuring, prohibits discouraging health professionals from informing patients.)
- Amendment 12: Instructions on term limits; inform voters of candidates' refusal to follow instructions.
- Amendment 17: Parental rights (parents have the right to direct the upbringing of their children)
- Amendment 18: Limits gambling in Trinidad, Colo.
- Constitutional Amendment No. 1: Prohibits new state taxes unless approved by two-thirds of the voters.
- Constitutional Amendment No. 4: Fee on Everglades Sugar Production
- Constitutional Amendment No. 5: Those who cause water pollution in the Everglades must pay for the clean-up.
- Constitutional Amendment No. 6: Creates Everglades Trust fund to pay for preservation and clean-up.
- Proposed Amendment 3: Creates enterprise zones in underdeveloped areas (city or rural).
- Proposition #2: Hunting. Would prevent use of dogs or bait when hunting black bears; also ends hunting in spring season when females have cubs.
- Proposition #3: Nuclear waste. Requires voter and legislative approval before Idaho accepts additional radioactive waste.
- Proposition #4: Term Limits. Instructs federal lawmakers to support term limits. Requires statement on ballot if candidate opposes term limits.
- Public Question #1: Victims' Rights. Amends the state constitution to give the victims of crime the right "to be treated with fairness, dignity, and respect throughout the criminal justice process." Specifically, victims would gain the right to attend public hearings and confer with the prosecution so long as it doesn't infringe on the accused's constitutional rights.
- Question 1: Citizen Initiative. Term Limits: Congressional candidates who do not support term limits would have their refusal printed next to their name on the ballot.
- Question 2: Logging standards. "Do you want Maine to ban clear-cutting and set other new logging standards?"
- Question 3: Campaign Finance Reform. Would authorize adoption of new campaign finance laws that allow for public funding for candidates who agree to spending limits in races for state office.
- Question 1: Traps. Would ban certain types of traps used for hunting "fur-bearing" mammals. (For example, steel jaw leg-hold traps.)
- Proposal D: Bear hunting. Prohibits the use of bait and dogs to hunt bears.
- Proposal E: Casino Gambling. Would permit three casinos in Detroit.
- Amendment 1: Veterans. Authorizes bonuses for Gulf War veterans (does not detail how much the bonus would be).
- Amendment 2: Recall of state elected officials. Would allow for the recall of state elected officials including: members of the Minnesota state legislature, governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state and the Minnesota supreme court.
- Proposition A: Minimum wage increase. Requires employers (with some exemptions) to pay all workers at least $6.25 per hour as of Jan. 1, 1997, $6.50 per hour as of Jan. 1, 1998, $6.75 per hour as of Jan. 1, 1999, and an additional 15 cents every year after.
- Constitutional Amendment 9: Term Limits. States Missouri voters favor a U.S. constitutional amendment imposing congressional term limits. Candidates would have their opposition to term limits printed next to their name on the ballot.
- Initiative 121: Would amend Montana law to re-establish a state minimum wage unless a higher amount is set by federal law. The minimum wage would increase to $4.75 per hour beginning January 1, 1997; then in 50-cent-per-hour increments until it reaches $6.25 on January 1, 2000. Sets the minimum wage for small business ($110,000 or less) at $4.00 per hour.
- Initiative 122: Increases water treatment requirements and associated environmental costs for certain discharges from some metal mines and exploration operations. Also referred to as the Clean Water Initiative.
- Initiative 132: Term limits. Requires a notation on state ballots showing candidates for Congress or the legislature who fail to support term limits for members of Congress. The wording on the ballot would be: "Disregarded Montana Voters on Term Limits."
- Proposed Amendment No. 1: A constitutional amendment would allow off-track betting on horse races. Legislature to authorize locations.
- Initiative Petition Measure 409: Term limits. Instructs Nebraska's members of Congress to support a U.S. constitutional amendment on term limits (3 terms for House; 2 for Senate). Inform voters on non-compliance with instructions.
- Initiative Petition Measure 411: Amends the Nebraska constitution to provide that a "quality education" shall be a fundamental constitutional right; that the "thorough and efficient education" of all persons between the ages of 5-21 be the "paramount duty" of the state. Starting with the 1998 school year, the legislature would establish a school finance system ensuring thorough education in public school; and that each school district receive as much per-pupil funding as in the previous year.
- Initiative Petition Measure 412: Amends the Nebraska constitution to create property tax levy limits; gives legislature authority to determine the fair market value of real property for property taxes; and requires the legislature to set standards of efficiency for delivery of local government services.
- Question 9(a): Should the Nevada constitution be amended to establish term limits for state and local public officers in the executive and legislative branches of government?
- Question 9(b): Shall the Nevada constitution be amended to establish term limits for Nevada justices and judges?
- Question 17: Should Nevada constitution be amended to provide for term limits for members of the U.S. House to no more than three terms in office and Senate to no more than two terms in office? Ballot would note candidates who fail to observe term limit.
- Public Question No. 1: If approved, the bond act would authorize the state to issue $300 million in state general obligation bonds. Proceeds would be used to fund the construction of underwater pits and a containment facility for the disposal and decontamination of hazardous dredged material; the cleanup of contaminated water; the restoration of lakes; the financing of economic development sites in the Delaware River.
- Public Question No. 2: Proposed constitutional amendment would dedicate 4 percent revenue from the Corporation Business Tax for hazardous discharge cleanups, underground storage tank upgrades, and the preservation of water quality.
- Clean Water/Clean Air Bond Act: Authorizes the sale of state bonds of up to $1.75 billion in order to pay for preserving, enhancing, restoring and improving the quality of the state's environment through various projects. (Known as the Clean Water/Clean Air Bond Act).
- Constitutional Amendment 1: Grants veto power to the governor.
- Constitutional Amendment 3: Amendment giving crime victims basic rights to participate in the justice system.
- Constitutional Measure No. 3: Measure would lengthen the term of members of the North Dakota House of Representatives from two to four years and biennial elections for half of the assembly.
- Constitutional Measure No. 5: Would establish term limits for legislative and executive branches of the state government. It also instructs the state's congressional delegation to work for a U.S. constitutional amendment for congressional term limits. It would require ballot to be marked "Disregarded Voter Instruction on Term Limits" or "Declined to Pledge to Support Term Limits" next to names of incumbents or candidates who disregard term limit instructions.
- Constitutional Amendment: Authorizes the establishment of riverboat casino gambling in Ohio.
- State Question 674: Constitutional amendment establishing rights for crime victims including the right to know the status of the prosecution and investigation, to know the location of the defendant, to be present in certain proceedings and to be informed when the defendant is released.
- Measure 26: Amends Constitution: Changes the principles that govern laws for punishment of crimes. Says they must be based on protection of society, personal responsibility, accountability for one's actions and reformation.
- Measure 27: Amends Constitution: Gives legislative branch greater authority over administrative rules adopted by state agencies in the executive branch of government.
- Measure 31: Amends constitution's free speech provision. A yes vote limits free speech protection for "obscenity, including child porn."
- Measure 33: Amends Oregon Constitution: Prohibits the legislature from making any changes in any law passed by voters for five years.
- Measure 35: Restricts basis for providers to receive pay for health care. State law would allow provider payments based on work performed, an hourly wage, prearranged salary and benefits, bonuses and reimbursement for expenses.
- Measure 36: Increases minimum hourly wage to $6.50 per hour over 3 years.
- Measure 38: Prohibits livestock in certain polluted waters or on adjacent lands.
- Measure 39: Amends the constitution to forbid government and private entities from discriminating among categories of health care providers.
- Measure 44: Increases cigarette and tobacco taxes and establishes new taxes, changes distribution of revenues.
- Measure 47 Reduces and limits property taxes, limits future increases, limits local revenues.
- Measure 48: Amends constitution: Instructs state, federal legislators to vote for congressional term limits; informs voters on ballot if candidates disregard instructions.
- State Question 8: Would allow voters to amend the state constitution and enact state statutes without the approval of the General Assembly.
- Question 1: Would establish a "Victims' Bill of Rights."
- Question 2: Forbids convicted felons from running for state Senate or House.
- Measure 1: Would require South Dakota's congressional delegation to use their powers to adopt a congressional term limits amendment to the U.S. Constitution (and would mark future ballots with the label "Disregarded Voter's Instruction on Term Limits" if they don't).
- Constitutional Amendment B: Would require a two-thirds majority of the legislature to increase taxes.
- Proposition 6: Would authorize state to use state income tax to fund higher education.
- Question 2: Would create a victims' bill of rights.
- Question 5: Would allow General Assembly to pass laws permitting the incorporation of any church or religious organization.
- Initiative 655: Would make it a "gross misdemeanor" to take, hunt or attract black bears with bait, or to hunt bears, cougars, bobcat or lynx with dogs.
- Initiative 670: Would require congressional delegation to support term limits and mark future ballots if they refuse to do so.
- Initiative 671: Would allow limited gambling on Indian reservations and set up a system of allocating gambling revenue to the reservation and the state.
- Initiative 173: Would require the state to provide primary and secondary students born after September 1, 1989 with scholarship vouchers for use at any eligible public or private school.
- Initiative 177: Would create "renewed" school districts where nonprofit organizations could operate publicly funded "independent" public schools with parental choice and revised state regulation.
- Amendment 1: Would require the revenues from hunting and fishing licenses be used for wildlife conservation.
- Question 1: Would forbid people convicted of felonies and misdemeanors from serving in state or local office.
- Initiative 1: Term limits. Requires the Wyoming U.S. congressional delegation, Wyoming state legislators, and the governor to vote for term limits (12 years for U.S. Senate; 6 years for the U.S. House). If an elected official does not vote for a term limits measure, it would be noted next to the candidate's name in the next election.