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1938 ballot measures

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1939
1937

Arizona

See also: Arizona 1938 ballot measures

November 8
Type Title Subject Description Result
CICA Proposition 1 Legislatures Forbids the appointment of a legislator to state office during the legislator’s term Approveda


CICA Proposition 2 Taxes Prohibits the taxation of a person's bona fide home up to $5,000 Defeatedd


CISS Proposition 3 State Exec Redefines rules and regulations regarding workers' compensation insurance Defeatedd


California

See also: California 1938 ballot propositions

Type Title Subject Description Result
CISS Proposition 1 Labor Definition of lawful labor dispute practices, including pickets and boycotts Defeatedd


CISS Proposition 2 Animals Definition and regulation of animal pounds; rules for treating cats and dogs in pounds Defeatedd


LRCA Proposition 3 Taxes Revenue from motor vehicle fuel taxes reserved for public streets and highways Approveda


CICA Proposition 4 Transportation Creation of a Highway and Traffic Safety Commission Defeatedd


IndISS Proposition 5 Fishing Regulation of commercial fishing designed to guard against the depletion of species Approveda


LRCA Proposition 6 Taxes Taxation of insurance companies Approveda


LRCA Proposition 7 Welfare Administration of funds for the purpose of relieving hardship and destitution Approveda


LRCA Proposition 8 Public finance State funds can be allocated by the legislature for county and municipal purposes Defeatedd


LRCA Proposition 9 Veterans Disabled veterans wounded in time of peace no longer eligible for war veterans' tax exemption Defeatedd


VR Proposition 10 Resources Oil leases on state-owned tidelands at Huntington Beach Defeatedd


LRCA Proposition 11 Taxes State and County Boards of Equalization Defeatedd


LRCA Proposition 12 Taxes Prohibition on taxes or fees on properties associated with the Golden Gate International Exposition Approveda


VR Proposition 13 Bonds/Utilities Referendum on sale of revenue bonds to pay for construction or acquisition of public utilities Defeatedd


LRCA Proposition 14 Judiciary State judges convicted of crimes involving moral turpitude can be removed by California Supreme Court Approveda


LRCA Proposition 15 Judiciary Composition of Judicial Council and its ability to adopt rules of judicial conduct governing all state judges Defeatedd


LRCA Proposition 16 Judiciary Ability of retired judges to perform judicial functions in some circumstances Defeatedd


LRCA Proposition 17 I&R Timing of elections on ballot initiatives after petitions are presented to California Secretary of State Approveda


LRCA Proposition 18 Public finance State money, except University of California money, to be held in trust by State Treasurer Defeatedd


LRCA Proposition 19 Veterans Surplus in the veterans' farm and home building fund can be distributed to war veterans whose used the fund Defeatedd


CICA Proposition 20 Taxes Property taxes: rules for assessing, limits on and exemptions from Defeatedd


LRCA Proposition 21 Taxes Tax exemptions for churches, orphanages and colleges Defeatedd


LRCA Proposition 22 Local governance Rules governing the proposal of city charters and amendments thereto Defeatedd


LRCA Proposition 23 Legislature State legislature can spend up to $10 per day per legislator on support staff Defeatedd


VR Proposition 24 Resources Competitive bidding for leases to eleven parcels of state-owned tide at Huntington Beach for oil drilling Defeatedd


CICA Proposition 25 Taxes Retired elderly electors are entitled to receive at least thirty $1.00 warrants with which to pay taxes Defeatedd


Colorado

See also: Colorado 1938 ballot measures

November 8
Type Title Subject Description Result
CICA Measure 1 Health Care Gives licensed health practitioners the power to regulate their own professions and certain rights in tax supported health institutions Defeatedd


CICA Measure 2 Pension Repeals the $45.00 per month old age pension amendment and empowers the General Assembly to provide for pensions Defeatedd


CISS Measure 3 Business Repeals the chain store tax Defeatedd


Florida

See also: Florida 1938 ballot measures

November 8
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Amendment 1 Taxes Provides up to a $5,000 tax exemption for real property Approveda


LRCA Amendment 2 Local Gov't Requires state laws regarding municipalities to be uniform and requires publication of proposed changes to state laws regarding municipalities Approveda


LRCA Amendment 3 Education Relates to raising funds for a uniform state school system Approveda


LRCA Amendment 4 War & Peace Provides for a federally-recognized Florida National Guard Approveda


Idaho

See also: Idaho 1938 ballot measures

November 8
Type Title Subject Description Result
CISS INIT 1 Hunt & Fish Creates the Fish and Game Commission Approveda


Maine

See also: Maine 1938 ballot measures

September 12
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Proposed Amendment to the Constitution Suffrage Lengthens time required to establish residency for voting purposes Approveda


Massachusetts

See also: Massachusetts 1938 ballot measures

November 8
Type Title Subject Description Result
IndICA Question 1 Legislature Establishes a biennial sessions of the state legislature and a biennial budget Approveda


IndISS Question 2 Transportation Provides free public tax cab stands in cities and towns Approveda


Michigan

See also: Michigan 1938 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
CICA Proposition 1 Local governance Four year term of office for certain county officers Defeatedd


CICA Proposition 2 Judiciary Non-partisan nomination and appointment of Michigan Supreme Court justices for 8-year terms Defeatedd


CICA Proposition 3 Taxes Gasoline and weight taxes to be used for highways Approveda


Missouri

See also: Missouri 1938 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Issue 1 Salaries Increases state legislative salaries Defeatedd


LRCA Issue 2 Term Limits State Treasurer is eligible for re-election "as his own successor" Defeatedd


LRCA Issue 3 Taxes Authorizes count courts to levy a special tax for support of county hospitals Defeatedd


LRCA Issue 4 Pension Authorizes pensions for persons over 65 years of age Approveda


VR Issue 5 Taxes Creates a $0.03 tax on gasoline Defeatedd


CICA Issue 6 Transportation Creates motor fuel tax and the State Highway Commission Defeatedd


CICA Issue 7 Legislature Creates numerous changes in state legislative procedures Defeatedd


CICA Issue 8 Taxes Levies taxes for the state school system Defeatedd


CICA Issue 9 Term Limits Allows sheriffs and coroners to succeed themselves Defeatedd


Montana

See also: Montana 1938 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
CISS I-41 Transportation The State Highway Treasury Anticipation Debentures Act of 1938 Approveda


VR IR-40 Alcohol Regulate, license and authorize the sale of liquor at retail establishments Approveda


Nebraska

See also: Nebraska 1938 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
CICA Issue 1 Gambling Licensing of slot machines Defeatedd


Nevada

See also: Nevada 1938 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
CISS Question 2 Hunting Bounty on predatory animals Defeatedd


North Dakota

See also: North Dakota 1938 ballot measures

June 28
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRSS County Government Management Referendum Local Gov't Deals with a manager plan of county government Defeatedd


LRSS County Officers Election Terms Referendum Local Gov't Deals with the election terms for county officials Defeatedd


LRSS Dancing and Liquor Sales Referendum Alcohol Prohibits dancing where liquor is sold Approveda


LRSS School & Public Land Sales Referendum Admin of Gov't Regulates the sale of school and public lands Approveda


CICA Legislators and State Employment Initiative Legislature Prohibits members of the state legislature from accepting state employment during their terms of office Approveda


CICA Tax Commissioner Election Initiative Elections Establishes election of the Tax Commissioner in 1940 on the no-party ballot Approveda


CICA Public Funds in State Treasury Initiative Bonds Clarifies which public funds are to be deposited in the state Treasury Approveda


CICA Board of Higher Education Initiative Education Creates a Board of Higher Education Approveda


CISS Abolishing Regulatory Department Initiative Admin of Gov't Abolishes the Regulatory Department Approveda


CISS Civil Service Initiative Civil Service Creates a state civil service for state employees Defeatedd


CISS County Bond Rules Initiative Bonds Creates rules governing transactions in county securities Defeatedd


CISS Legal Interest Rates Initiative Business Reduces the legal rate of interest Approveda


CISS Municipal Appointments Initiative Local Gov't Creates commission to appoint city and village officials Defeatedd


November 8

Type Title Subject Description Result
CISS Repeal Liquor Control Initiative Alcohol Repeals of the Liquor Control Act of November 1936 Defeatedd


CISS Old Age Pensions Initiative Welfare Provides minimum pension under state old age assistance Approveda


Ohio

See also: Ohio 1938 ballot measures

November 8
Type Title Subject Description Result
CICA Amendment 1 Judiciary Provides for the appointment of judges of the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, and for local control over appointment methods for lower courts Defeatedd


Oklahoma

See also: Oklahoma 1938 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
CICA Question 205 Utilities Allows rural utility districts to incur debt for the purpose of making improvements. Defeatedd


VR Question 215 Gambling Vending Machines Veto Vote Defeatedd


VR Question 236 Taxes Taxes on Oleomargarine Veto Vote Defeatedd


VR Question 238 Natural resources State Oil Inspectors Defeatedd


Oregon

See also: Oregon 1938 ballot measures

November 8
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Measure 1 Legislature Extends the legislature’s adjournment by twenty days to allow the governor more time to consider, approve or veto bills Approveda


LRCA Measure 2 Business Repeals the bank stockholders double liability, which made each stockholder individually liable to depositors Defeatedd


LRCA Measure 3 Gov't Salaries Provides not more than $8 per day for legislators while in session and some traveling expenses Defeatedd


LRSS Measure 4 Health Care Requires medical examinations and certification of all applicants for marriage licenses and disallows those who failed from marrying Approveda


VR Measure 5 Gambling Prohibits possession, operation or play of slot machines and requires sheriffs to seize any such machine and, upon recognition by a court, destroy the machine Approveda


VR Measure 6 Gambling Bans all games of chance and provided punishments for violating the act Approveda


ConCon Measure 7 Fed Con Calls for a constitutional convention of the United States to consider an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would provide for the Townsend Plan Approveda


CISS Measure 8 Taxes Implements a two percent transaction tax to create a fund for the monthly payment of unemployed people over the age of 65 Defeatedd


CISS Measure 9 Labor Defines “labor dispute” as a controversy between employer and employees, prohibited the obstruction of commerce and manufacturing and picketing a business unless an actual labor dispute exists and restricted revenues of collective bargaining organizations to “legitimate” requirements Approveda


CISS Measure 10 Water Declares the preservation of rivers, streams, lakes and watersheds for public health and wildlife and creates the state sanitary authority to devise rules and regulations regarding water pollution Approveda


CISS Measure 11 Alcohol Prohibits the sale of alcoholic liquor for beverage purposes by others than the Oregon Liquor Control Commission Defeatedd


CICA Measure 12 Gambling Legalizes certain lotteries and other forms of gambling and authorized the state to exclusively license them Defeatedd


Washington

See also: Washington 1938 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
ITP Initiative 126 Elections Establishes a nonpartisan ballot for the election of school superintendents Approveda


ITP Initiative 129 Taxes Limits the aggregate annual tax levy on property to 40 mills and limits the levy by the state to 2 mills Approveda


ITP Initiative 130 Labor Requires unions to supply employers with written demands, mandates a vote amongst employees to initiate a strike and penalizes employees who broke these regulations Defeatedd


LRCA SJR 5 Taxes Provides that nothing contained in the constitution prevents a graduated net income tax Defeatedd