1956 ballot measures

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1957
1955

Alaska

See also: Alaska 1956 ballot measures

April 24
Type Title Subject Description Result
ConConRef Proposition 1 Statehood Ratifies the Constitution of Alaska as proposed by the Constitutional Convention of 1955-56 Approveda
ConConRef Proposition 2 Statehood Calls to immediately elect and send two senators and one representative to Washington D.C. regardless of federal statehood approval Approveda
ConConRef Proposition 3 Hunting Abolishes fish traps in Alaskan waters Approveda

Arizona

See also: Arizona 1956 ballot measures

September 11
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Proposition 1 Labor Permits foreigners to be employed as teachers under the provision of the teachers' exchange program Approveda
LRCA Proposition 2 Banking Provides that stockholders of certain banks shall be liable for obligations to the banks only for the amounts already invested in the bank's stocks Approveda
LRCA Proposition 3 Admin of Gov't Authorizes the legislature to cooperate with any adjoining state to change, alter or redefine any boundary between such state and Arizona Approveda
LRCA Proposition 4 Gov't Salaries Increases state legislators’ salaries Defeatedd

November 6

Type Title Subject Description Result
CISS Proposition 1 Marriage & Family Requires that marriage license applicants receive a certificate from a licensed physician stating the applicants are free from certain diseases Approveda

Arkansas

See also: Arkansas 1956 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
CISS Initiated Act 1 Labor Increase in workmen's compensation benefits Approveda
CISS Initiated Act 2 Labor Assignment of pupils in public schools Approveda
LRCA Amendment 43 Taxes School tax limitation Defeatedd
LRCA Amendment 44 Labor Municipal retirement Defeatedd
CICA Amendment 45 Taxes Abolition of poll tax Defeatedd
CICA Amendment 46 Taxes Salaries of judicial officers Approveda
CICA Amendment 47 Education Interposition Approveda
CICA Amendment 48 Redistricting Legislative redistricting Approveda
CICA Amendment 49 Gambling Prohibition of dog and horse race gambling Defeatedd
CICA Amendment 50 Gambling Pari-mutuel wagering and horse racing in Hot Springs Approveda
CICA Amendment 51 Regulation Maximum interest rate Defeatedd
VR Act of Interposition Education Federal government not allowed to exercise power over public schools Approveda

California

See also: California 1956 ballot propositions

Type Title Subject Description Result
LBM Proposition 1 Bonds $500 million in bonds to assist California war veterans to acquire farms and homes Approveda
LBM Proposition 2 Bonds $100 million of bonds for school construction for "physically handicapped or mentally retarded minors." Approveda
LBM Proposition 3 Bonds $200 million of bonds for state educational institutions, mental and correctional institutions Approveda
CISS Proposition 4 Regulation Create California Oil and Gas Conservation Commission to prevent waste Defeatedd
LRCA Proposition 5 Alcohol Permit alcohol to be served "in public premises in which food need not be served" Approveda
LRCA Proposition 6 Taxes Tax exemption for churches extends to adjacent or non-adjacent property needed and used for church parking Approveda
LRCA Proposition 7 Legislature Change name of the California State Assembly to the "California House of Representatives" Defeatedd
LRCA Proposition 8 Legislature Require budget session of legislature to convene in February of each even-numbered year instead of March. Approveda
LRCA Proposition 9 Local governance County charters can establish a borough form of government Defeatedd
LRCA Proposition 10 Admin of gov't State can retain private architects and engineers by contract Defeatedd
LRCA Proposition 11 Local governance Allow one year, instead of six months, for preparation of proposed county charter by board of freeholders. Approveda
LRCA Proposition 12 Bonds Set maximum permissible term of statutory state bond issues at 50 instead of 75 years Approveda
CISS Proposition 13 Immigration Repeal "Alien Land Law" of 1920, which was already inoperative Approveda
LRCA Proposition 14 Legislature Rules for selection of state legislative officers, attaches and employees Approveda
LRCA Proposition 15 Water State and political subdivisions allowed to acquire shares of mutual water company stock Approveda
LRCA Proposition 16 Judiciary Authorize state's Judicial Council to determine time within which California Supreme Court must hear appeals Approveda
LRCA Proposition 17 Judiciary Repeal constitutional provision regulating salaries of superior court and appellate judges Approveda
LRCA Proposition 18 Judiciary Judges of justice courts eligible for office as judges of superseding municipal courts Defeatedd
LRCA Proposition 19 Admin of gov't Changes, alterations and redefinitions of California's state boundaries Approveda

Colorado

See also: Colorado 1956 ballot measures

November 6
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Measure 1 Term limits provided for four-year long terms for executive state officers Approveda
LRCA Measure 2 Taxes Exempts from taxation household furnishings and personal effects Approveda
LRCA Measure 3 Civil Service Provides for the employment and tenure in the state classified civil service on the basis of merit Defeatedd
CICA Measure 4 Redistricting Apportions the General Assembly Defeatedd
CICA Measure 5 Pension Establishes a monthly allocation of $100 to old age pension recipients, adjusts the pension amount to increased living costs and provides for a stabilization fund and medical fund Approveda

Florida

See also: Florida 1956 ballot measures

November 6
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Amendment 1 Judiciary Establishes three district court of appeals, provides various rules relating to judges, and removes obsolete constitutional language Approveda
LRCA Amendment 2 Local Gov't Allows for home rule in Dade County Approveda
LRCA Amendment 4 Legislature Allows the Legislature to have an extra session of no more than 30 days if approved by a 3/5th vote in both Houses Approveda
LRCA Amendment 5 Redistricting Reapportions the seats in the State Senate and House Defeatedd
LRCA Amendment 6 Judiciary Provides for additional Judges of the Criminal Court of Records of Duval County Approveda
LRCA Amendment 7 Education Removes the Office of County Special Tax School District Trustees and provides method for reinstatement Approveda
LRCA Amendment 8 Education Authorizes the appointment of County Superintendents in Duval, Sarasota, Dade and Pinellas Counties Approveda
LRCA Amendment 9 Judiciary Transfers duties of the County Solicitor in Dade County to the State Attorney of the 11th Judicial Circuit Approveda
LRCA Amendment 10 Gov't Finances Requires that all money collected by Escambia County officers be paid into the county general fund Approveda
LRCA Amendment 11 Civil Service Provides for the establishment of civil service systems and civil service boards Approveda
LRCA Amendment 12 Trials Provides for Civil Jury Trials, as well as certain court officers, in Pinellas County Approveda

Idaho

See also: Idaho 1956 ballot measures

November 6
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA SJR 4 Judiciary Describes powers and jurisdiction of probate courts Approveda
LRCA SJR 5 Judiciary Describes powers of the Justice of the Peace Approveda
LRCA SJR 6 State Exec Allows the Governor to succeed himself Approveda

Maryland

See also: Maryland 1956 ballot measures

November 6
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Amendment 1 Local gov't Requires County Councils to sit to enact legislation for no more than 45 days Approveda
LRCA Amendment 2 Legislature Limits when a bill can originate during the calendar year Approveda
LRCA Amendment 3 Admin of gov't Provides that recess appointments of civil officers be returned on the first day of the next session of the Senate Approveda
LRCA Amendment 4 Gov't Finances Requires the governor to submit the budget to the general assembly within 20 days after its convening Approveda
LRCA Amendment 5 Constitutions Removes obsolete language from the Constitution Approveda
LRCA Amendment 6 Elections Provides for absentee voting for persons unable to vote due to physical disability Approveda
LRCA Amendment 7 Judiciary Provides compensation for judges of the Orphans' Courts Approveda

Minnesota

See also: Minnesota 1956 ballot measures

November 6
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Amendment 1 Judiciary Permits the legislature to reorganize the judicial power of the state Approveda
LRCA Amendment 2 Transportation Increases state aid for public highways and apportions funds for highways Approveda
LRCA Amendment 3 Taxes Diverts 50% of the mining tax proceeds for educational needs Approveda

Missouri

See also: Missouri 1956 ballot measures

January 24
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Amendment 1 Bonds Authorizes legislature to issue $75 million in bonds for educational institutions Approveda

November 6

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Amendment 1 Legislature Changes legislative sessions and expense allowances Defeatedd
LRCA Amendment 2 Taxes Levies a tax on assessed properties for road and bridge fund Defeatedd
LRCA Amendment 3 Gov't Finances Authorizes investment of state funds Approveda

Montana

See also: Montana 1956 ballot measures

November 6
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Amendment 1 Taxes Provides for usage of highway tax revenues Approveda

Nebraska

See also: Nebraska 1956 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
CISS Ton Mile Tax Taxes Ton mile tax Defeatedd

Nevada

See also: Nevada 1956 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
Question 1 Labor and unions Defeatedd
Question 2 Labor and unions Defeatedd
Question 3 Education Defeatedd

North Dakota

See also: North Dakota 1956 ballot measures

June 26
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Referendum 1 Veterans Permits bond issuance to pay for Korean War veterans benefits Approveda
LRCA Referendum 2 Judiciary Requires that the supreme court decisions be published in the manner prescribed by the legislative assembly Defeatedd
LRCA Referendum 3 Bonds Relates to issuing bonds to fund highway construction Defeatedd
LRCA Referendum 4 American Indians Relates to jurisdictions of the United States government and Native American lands Defeatedd
LRCA Referendum 5 Eminent Domain Allows for eminent domain claims to be made with compensation Approveda
LRCA Referendum 6 Education Relates to the Williston Educational Institution Defeatedd
LRCA Referendum 7 Gov't Salaries Changes compensation for members of the North Dakota Legislative Assembly Defeatedd
LRSS Referendum 8 Taxes Relates to county government powers to levy taxes Defeatedd
CICA Initiative 9 Term Limits Repeals term limit on county treasurers Approveda

November 6

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRSS Referendum 1 Business Requires $6,000 annual fee from merchants handling trading stamps Defeatedd
CISS Initiative 2 Education Creates of a scholarship fund and a board to oversee it Approveda

Ohio

See also: Ohio 1956 ballot measures

November 6
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Issue 1 Veterans Pays a bonus to veterans of the Korean War Approveda
LRCA Issue 2 Term limits Increases he terms of members of the Ohio State Senate to four years Approveda

Oklahoma

See also: Oklahoma 1956 ballot measures

July 7, 1956
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA SQ 369 Veterans Create a Veteran's Administration to issue $50 million in home loans Defeatedd
LRCA SQ 370 Education Common School Funds Defeatedd
LRCA SQ 371 Education College for Women Defeatedd
LRCA SQ 372 Education Military Academy at Claremore Defeatedd
LRCA SQ 373 Water Funding to build water supplies and facilities Defeatedd
LRCA SQ 374 Admin of gov't Department of Wildlife Conservation Approveda
LRCA SQ 375 Admin of gov't Bank and trust company stock Defeatedd

November 6, 1956

Type Title Subject Description Result
CISS SQ 357 Redistricting Re-draw U.S. Congressional lines following the 1950 census Defeatedd
CICA SQ 377 Admin of gov't Set length of terms of county officials at four years Defeatedd

Oregon

See also: Oregon 1956 ballot measures

November 6
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Measure 1 Taxes Authorizes the legislature to place an emergency clause on any tax law, thus permitting the tax to become effective immediately, and provides that tax suspensions can not occur due to a filed initiative petition Defeatedd
LRCA Measure 2 Admin of Gov't Allows the state to accept, hold and dispose of corporate stock which has been gifted to the state by will Approveda
LRCA Measure 3 Gov't Salaries Fixes the annual salary of the Governor and Secretary of State at $1,500, Treasurer at $800 and Supreme Court Judges at $2,000 Approveda
LRCA Measure 4 Admin of Gov't Authorizes the legislature to prescribe qualifications for the offices of county coroner and county surveyor Approveda
LRCA Measure 5 Gov't Salaries Increases the annual salaries of state legislators from $600 to $1,200 Defeatedd
VR Measure 6 Taxes Imposes a sales tax of three cents on a package of cigarettes Defeatedd
CISS Measure 7 Hunt & Fish Prohibits fishing for salmon or trout by any method except hook and line in any coastal streams, but continues to allow commercial chum salmon fishing in Tillamook Bay Approveda

South Dakota

See also: South Dakota 1956 ballot measures

November 6
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Succession of County Officials Local gov't Allows county officials to succeed themselves indefinitely Defeatedd
LRCA State Soldiers' Home Veterans Relates to the administration of a state soldiers' home Defeatedd

Washington

See also: Washington 1956 ballot measures

November 6
Type Title Subject Description Result
ITP Initiative 198 Labor Bans and criminalizes union membership or non-membership requirements for employment Defeatedd
ITP Initiative 199 Redistricting Reapportions and redistricts the state legislature districts Approveda
LRCA SJR 3 Pension Allows that pensions paid by the state or any political subdivision, to public officials, to be increase during their term Defeatedd
LRCA SJR 4 Direct Democracy Establishes that signatures equivalent to eight percent of voter turnout at the previous governor election are required to certify an initiative measure and four percent equivalent to certify a veto referendum Approveda
LRCA SJR 6 Term Limits Removes the constitutional limitation on the term limits of state treasurers Approveda
LRCA SJR 14 Legislature Provides that vacancies in the state legislature shall be filled by a country commissioner of the political party of the preceding legislator Approveda
LRCA HJR 22 Eminent Domain Empowers the legislature to grant the courts the authority to allow property possession before final settlement in an eminent domain case Defeatedd

Wisconsin

See also: Wisconsin 1956 ballot measures

April 3
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Question 1 Pension Allows for increases in teacher retirement benefits when approved by the legislature on a three-forth vote Approveda
LRCA Question 2 Local budgets Allows for municipal acquisition of land for public purposes Approveda
LRCA Question 3 Term limits Removes consecutive term limits for sheriffs Defeatedd
LRCA Question 4 Government Accountability Allows employees of railroads and public utilities who are also public office holders to receive privileges similar to other company employees only when not performing official public duties Defeatedd