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1977
1975

Alaska

See also: Alaska 1976 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
IndISS Fishery Permits Business regulation Regulate entry into fisheries Defeatedd
LRSS Capitol Location Admin of gov't Deciding where the new site for the capital should be Willow chosen as capital
LRCA Gubernatorial Veto Legislature Procedures for gubernatorial vetos Approveda
LRCA Permanent Fund Natural resources Permanent fund from mineral income Approveda
LRCA Aid to Students Education Public funds for students going to private schools Defeatedd
VR Compensation Referendum Veto Referendum Compensation for legislators (Ch. 205, SLA 1975) Approveda
LRCA State Land Disposal Natural resources Legislature empowered to require approval of disposal of state lands Defeatedd
Alaska BP Proposition 1 Bonds $7,100,000 for fire fighter training Approveda
Alaska BP Proposition 2 Bonds $59,290,000 for school construction Approveda
Alaska BP Proposition 3 Bonds $6,660,000 for parks and recreation Approveda
Alaska BP Proposition 4 Bonds $29,205,000 for fish and game management facilities Approveda
Alaska BP Proposition 5 Bonds $7,500,000 for senior citizen housing development Approveda
Alaska BP Proposition 6 Bonds $26,960,000 for the University of Alaska Defeatedd
Alaska BP Proposition 7 Bonds $53,360,000 for road, trail and ferry maintenance Approveda
Alaska BP Proposition 8 Bonds $6,866,000 for airport construction Approveda
Alaska BP Proposition 9 Bonds $10,630,000 for justice facilities construction and remodeling Defeatedd
Alaska BP Proposition 10 Bonds $31 million for water supply and sewage systems Approveda

Arizona

See also: Arizona 1976 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Proposition 100 Judiciary Requires that the advice and consent of the senate to certain commission appointments by the governor Approveda
LRCA Proposition 101 Judiciary Requires confirmation by the senate of certain commission appointments by the governor Approveda
LRCA Proposition 102 Education Requires the consent of the senate to the appointment of certain members of the board of Education by the governor Approveda
LRCA Proposition 103 Education Requires senate consent to appointments to the position of regent of universities by the governor Approveda
LRCA Proposition 104 Admin of gov't Requires senate consent to appointments to the Corporation Commission by the governor Approveda
CISS Proposition 200 Nuclear issues Require legislative approval of any proposed nuclear facility Defeatedd
LRSS Proposition 300 Transportation Removes provisions relating to motor vehicle emissions inspection Defeatedd

Arkansas

See also: Arkansas 1976 ballot measures

November 2
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Proposed Amendment 56 Salaries Increases the salary of the Arkansas Governor and other constitutional officers Approveda
LRCA Proposed Amendment 57 Taxes Exempts intangible items from personal property tax Approveda
CICA Proposed Amendment 59 Labor Exempts employers and employees from the provisions of the Rights of Labor Amendment if certain conditions are met Defeatedd
LRSS Act No. 1177 Const. convention Calls for a constitutional convention to revise the Arkansas Constitution Approveda

California

See also: California 1976 ballot propositions

June 8

Type Title Subject Description Result
LBM Proposition 1 Bonds $200 million in bonds for construction or improvement of public schools Defeatedd
LBM Proposition 2 Bonds $500 million in bonds for farm and home aid for veterans Approveda
LBM Proposition 3 Bonds $175 million in bonds for improvement of domestic water systems Approveda
LBM Proposition 4 Bonds $150 million in bonds for community college facilities Defeatedd
LRCA Proposition 5 Taxes Reduce from supermajority to simple majority the vote required to levy taxes on corporations Approveda
LRCA Proposition 6 Taxes Eliminate income tax deduction for property taxes insurance companies pay on insurers' home or principal office Approveda
LRCA Proposition 7 Taxes Rules governing the taxation of properties of historic significance Approveda
LRCA Proposition 8 Public finance Public moneys may be deposited in California savings and loan associations, as well as in banks Approveda
LRCA Proposition 9 Gambling Legislature permitted to authorize cities and counties to allow bingo, but only for charitable purposes Approveda
LRCA Proposition 10 Public finance By two-thirds vote, state legislature allowed to refinance outstanding state bond debt Defeatedd
LRCA Proposition 11 Taxes Rules governing use of surplus real estate purchased with revenues from motor vehicles taxes Approveda
LRCA Proposition 12 Regulations Allow increase in maximum permissible interest rate chargeable by non-exempt lenders Defeatedd
LRCA Proposition 13 Taxes Property tax postponement provisions for low-income and elderly persons Approveda
LRCA Proposition 14 Constitution Constitutional revisions touching many different parts of the California Constitution Approveda
CISS Proposition 15 Nuclear power Prohibit new nuclear power plant construction, limit operation of existing nuclear power plants Defeatedd

November 2

Type Title Subject Description Result
LBM Proposition 1 Bonds $500 million in bonds to finance housing Defeatedd
LBM Proposition 2 Bonds $280 million in bonds for the Nejedly-Hart State, Urban and Coastal Park Bond Act Approveda
LBM Proposition 3 Bonds $25 million in bonds to finance residential energy insulation and residential solar heating and cooling systems Defeatedd
LRCA Proposition 4 Education University of California required to follow competitive bidding practices; prohibited from discrimination in admissions Approveda
LRCA Proposition 5 Regulation Increase maximum interest rate that non-exempt lenders can charge Defeatedd
LRCA Proposition 6 Legislature When state legislative bills become law, extension of time for governor to veto Defeatedd
LRCA Proposition 7 Judiciary Commission on Judicial Performance; admonishment, censure and removal of judges Approveda
LRCA Proposition 8 Education County superintendents of schools Approveda
LRCA Proposition 9 Executives Rules for filling vacancies in state constitutional offices Approveda
LRCA Proposition 10 Taxes Property taxation by local governments whose boundaries include area in two or more counties Approveda
LRCA Proposition 11 Taxes Tax rates on unsecured property Approveda
LRCA Proposition 12 Energy Low-interest state loans for residential energy insulation, solar heating or cooling systems Defeatedd
CISS Proposition 13 Gambling Greyhound dog racing; gambling permitted on the results of those races Defeatedd
CISS Proposition 14 Labor Agricultural labor relations Defeatedd
CISS Proposition 15 Healthcare Add to members to State Board of Chiropractic Examiners; other changes to Chiropractic Act Approveda

Colorado

See also: Colorado 1976 ballot measures

November 2
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRSS Measure 1 Gaming Authorizes sweepstakes races Approveda
LRCA Measure 2 Taxes Permits the classification of motor vehicles for the purposes of taxation Approveda
CICA Measure 3 Nuclear Requires a two-thirds vote in the legislature for the approval of any nuclear power plant Defeatedd
LRCA Measure 4 Labor Exempts the heads of executive departments and various institutions from the state personnel system Defeatedd
LRCA Measure 5 Gov't Salaries Empowers County Commissioners to set the compensations of county elected officials Defeatedd
CICA Measure 6 Civil Rights Repeals constitutional language that provides for equality of rights on account of sex Defeatedd
CISS Measure 7 Taxes Exempts food products from taxes, repeals the food sales tax credit and enacts a severance tax and corporate income tax to offset any revenues lost Defeatedd
CISS Measure 8 Environment Requires a minimum deposit refund value for beverage containers Defeatedd
CISS Measure 9 Admin of Gov't Creates a Department of Public Counselor to represent consumers of public utilities Defeatedd
CICA Measure 10 Elections Requires voter approval for all new or increased taxes Defeatedd

Connecticut

See also: Connecticut 1976 ballot measures

November 2
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Question 1 Elections Concerns qualification of electors Approveda
LRCA Question 2 Elections Concerns pre-registration of seventeen year old citizens as electors Approveda
LRCA Question 3 Judiciary Concerns judicial removal Approveda
LRCA Question 4 Redistricting Streamlines the reapportionment procedure Approveda

Delaware

See also: Delaware 1976 ballot measures

November 2
Type Title Subject Description Result
AQ Referendum Gambling Voices approval for slot machines in the state Defeatedd
Delaware 1976 ballot measures

Florida

See also: Florida 1976 ballot measures

March 9
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Amendment 1 Water Limits the amount of taxation for water management to one mill Approveda

November 2

Type Title Subject Description Result
CICA Amendment 1 Elections Requires full public disclosure by state and county elected officials and candidates Approveda
LRCA Amendment 2 Judiciary Requires there be a Supreme Court Judge from each Appellate district and that Supreme and Appellate judges be re-elected every 6 years Approveda
LRCA Amendment 3 Judiciary Modifies rules regarding the Judicial Qualifications Commission Approveda
LRCA Amendment 4 Development Allows for property tax exemptions, tax use, and issue of bonds regards community redevelopment Defeatedd
LRCA Amendment 5 Housing Allows up to $100 million in bonds to be issued for housing finance or refinance assistance Defeatedd
LRCA Amendment 6 Admin of Gov't Limits the number of full time gov't employees to 1% of state population, and part-time employees to 10% of that Defeatedd
LRCA Amendment 7 State Exec Allows the legislature to suspend or nullify rules and regulations put forth by state executives Defeatedd
LRCA Amendment 8 Pension Allows for increases in benefits in the state retirement system Approveda
LRCA Amendment 9 Admin of Gov't Creates a Capitol and Mansion Commission to establish a plan to maintain the interior of the state capitol and governor's mansion Defeatedd

Idaho

See also: Idaho 1976 ballot measures

November 2
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA HJR 6 Legislature Allows legislative compensation to be set by a citizen committee Approveda
LRCA SJR 109 Bonds Allows revenue bonds to be used to rehabilitate electrical facilities Approveda

Maine

See also: Maine 1976 ballot measures

June 8
Type Title Subject Description Result
IndISS Bigelow Mountain Public Preserve Forests & Parks Establishes a public preserve in the Bigelow Mountain area Approveda

November 2

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Bonding Prohibition Bond issues Prohibits use of proceeds from the sale of bonds to fund current expenditures Approveda
LRCA Gubernatorial Action on Legislation State Exec Allows governor 10 days to respond to legislation Approveda
LRCA Judiciary Term Limits Judicial Allows expired term justices to hold office for up to six month longer or until a successor is appointed Approveda
LRCA Bond Issue Adjustments Bond issues Increases bonding limit on Maine Veterans' Mortgage Loans, decreased limit of Maine School Building Authority Approveda
LRCA Minimum Bottle Refund Environment Incentivizes reuse and recycling of beverage containers Approveda

Maryland

See also: Maryland 1976 ballot measures

November 2
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Question 1 Judiciary Establishes method of selection, term and tenure for Court of Appeals judges Approveda
LRCA Question 2 State exec Provides that the Deputy Treasurer acts as Treasurer upon a vacancy Approveda
LRCA Question 3 Eminent domain Permits Montgomery County to acquire property to develop business areas Defeatedd
LRCA Question 4 Local gov't Allows members of Howard County Council to be elected by district or the whole county Approveda
LRCA Question 5 Gov't salaries Provides that members of the general assembly receive equal compensation and pensions Approveda
LRCA Question 6 Judiciary Provides one circuit court judge in each county Approveda
LRCA Question 7 Gov't salaries Provides for a method of determining the salaries of the governor and lieutenant governor Approveda
LRCA Question 8 Judiciary Grants the District Court jurisdiction over juvenile causes Approveda
LRCA Question 9 State exec Clarifies authority of the attorney general to represent the state Approveda
LRCA Question 10 Legislature Authorizes the general assembly to set duties and salaries of state's attorneys Approveda
LRCA Question 11 Judiciary Grants the Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals the authority to assign former judges to any state court Approveda
LRCA Question 12 Gov't salaries Provides that the compensation of a public officer may be increased or diminished Approveda
LRCA Question 13 Direct Democracy Changes requirements for the petition filing process Approveda
LRCA Question 14 Property Provides the amount of property a debtor may have protected from execution Approveda
LRCA Question 15 Local gov't Removes a reference to race in requirements to form new counties or change county lines Approveda
LRCA Question 16 Legislature Authorizes the general assembly to involve the state in the construction of works of internal improvement Approveda
LRCA Question 17 Bonds Authorizes the mayor of Baltimore to use revenue from parking fees to pay bonds for parking facilities Approveda
LRCA Question 18 Local gov't Authorizes the mayor of Baltimore to make loans for the purchase or improvement of industrial property in Baltimore Approveda
LRCA Question 19 Local gov't Authorizes Prince George's County to exercise powers of taxation and extension of public credit Defeatedd
LRCA Question 20 Eminent domain Provides Anne Arundel County Council the authority to take lands for public use Defeatedd
LRCA Question 21 Local gov't Abolishes the office of surveyor in Charles County Approveda

Massachusetts

See also: Massachusetts 1976 ballot measures

November 2
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Question 1 Civil Rights Guarantees that equality under the law “shall not be denied or abridged because of sex, race, color, creed or national origin” Approveda
LRCA Question 2 Taxes Implements a graduated income tax Defeatedd
LRCA Question 3 Religion Allows for absentee voting based on religious reasons Approveda
IndISS Question 4 Energy Establishes a public power authority Defeatedd
IndISS Question 5 Firearms Bans handguns Defeatedd
IndISS Question 6 Environment Requires every containers to have a refund value of 5 cents and bans containers with flip-tops Defeatedd
IndISS Question 7 Energy Regulates electric utility charges and permits peak load pricing Defeatedd
AQ Question 8 Energy Advises the government on a potential oil refinery and deep water port Approveda
AQ Question 9 Sunday Advises the government to repeal laws about closings on Sundays Approveda

Michigan

See also: Michigan 1976 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
IndISS Proposal A Admin of gov't Refundable cash deposits for beverage containers; prohibit nonreturnable containers Approveda
LRCA Proposal B Admin of gov't Lower age of eligibility for office to 18 Defeatedd
CICA Proposal C Taxes Limits taxation imposed by state personal income to 8.3% Defeatedd
CICA Proposal D Taxes Would allow a graduated income tax Defeatedd

Minnesota

See also: Minnesota 1976 ballot measures

November 2
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Amendment 1 Transportation Permits proceeds from motor fuel taxes to go to the general fund and removed restrictions on highway bonds Defeatedd

Missouri

See also: Missouri 1976 ballot measures

August 3
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Amendment 1 Forests & parks Deletes limitation on laws granting partial tax relief for forestry lands Approveda
LRCA Amendment 2 Elections Stops election ballot numbering system recording numbers by voter name Approveda
LRCA Amendment 3 Bonds Authorizes counties and municipalities to issue utility or airport bonds Defeatedd
LRCA Amendment 4 Legislature Allows legislature to rescind administrative rules of agencies Defeatedd
LRCA Amendment 5 Civil rights Repeals provision of separate schools for white and colored children Approveda
LRCA Amendment 6 Judiciary Changes authority and jurisdiction of the courts in Missouri Approveda
CICA Amendment 7 Education Provides assistance to students in public and nonpublic schools Defeatedd

November 2

Type Title Subject Description Result
CICA Amendment 1 Environment Creates a 1/8 cent sales tax for conservation Approveda
CICA Amendment 2 Taxes Exempts food and drugs from sales tax Defeatedd
CISS Proposition 1 Utilities Prohibits charges for electricity to be based on cost of construction Approveda

Montana

See also: Montana 1976 ballot measures

November 2
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA C-3 Gov't Finances Establishes a coal tax trust fund Approveda
CICA CI-7 Gov't Finances Provides for a limit on state spending Defeatedd
LRSS R-70 Taxes Provides funding for public library federations with a levy on taxable property Defeatedd
CISS I-71 Nuclear Requires legislative approval of any nuclear facilities Defeatedd
CISS I-72 Taxes Provides property tax relief for homesteads Approveda
CISS I-73 Recall Provides for the recall of any person in public office Approveda

North Dakota

See also: North Dakota 1976 ballot measures

September 7
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Amendment 1 Legislatures Establishes residency requirements for state legislators Approveda
LRCA Amendment 2 Legislatures Regulates beginning and length of legislative session Approveda
LRCA Amendment 3 Judiciary Repeals and replaces constitutional section on state judicial branch Approveda
LRCA Amendment 4 Gambling Allows limited forms of gambling with restrictions on what revenues can be used for Approveda
LRCA Amendment 5 Education Creates a board of public education and a board of higher education; abolishes constitutional status of state superintendent Defeatedd
LRCA Amendment 6 Legislatures Requires that the state senate have between 30 and 52 members Approveda
CISS Measure 1 State & Local Government Limits the amount of money that could be appropriated from the general fund for operation of the state government Defeatedd

November 2

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Amendment 1 Education Requires no more than one graduate of any institution under the jurisdiction of the State Board of Higher Education to serve on the board at one time Approveda
CISS Measure 1 Taxes Taxes farm machinery and exempts electricity sales and use from taxation Approveda

Ohio

See also: Ohio 1976 ballot measures

June 8
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Issue 1 Elections Requires joint election of the Governor of Ohio and the Lieutenant Governor of Ohio Approveda
LRCA Issue 2 Transportation Provides funds for the construction of rail transportation services Defeatedd
LRCA Issue 3 Bonds Allows energy facilities to receive public industrial development bonds Defeatedd
LRCA Issue 4 Suffrage Modifies qualifications to vote, including lowering the voting age to 18 Approveda
LRCA Issue 5 Elections Modifies how local terms of office can be set and how state vacancies can be filled Approveda
LRCA Issue 6 Bonds Modifies constitutional language in relation to repayment of debt Defeatedd
LRCA Issue 7 Taxes Requires at least 50% of estate taxes be returned to the political subdivisions where it originated Approveda
LRCA Issue 8 Taxes Consolidates state constitutional provisions that relate to taxes Approveda

November 2

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Issue 1 State Exec Provides rules for succession of the Governor of Ohio and the Lieutenant Governor of Ohio Approveda
LRCA Issue 2 Constitution Removes obsolete and unnecessary provisions from the constitution regarding state printing, dueling, and the Bureau of Statistics Approveda
LRCA Issue 3 Elections Requires the declaration of election results for state officers to be at the next regular session of the General Assembly Approveda
CICA Issue 4 Utilities Limits the rates which may be charged for gas and electricity Defeatedd
CICA Issue 5 Utilities Provides for consumer representation in utility regulatory actions Defeatedd
CICA Issue 6 Nuclear Provides for procedures for legislative hearings about nuclear power plants Defeatedd
CICA Issue 7 Direct democracy Simplifies the state's procedure for initiatives and referendum Defeatedd

Oklahoma

See also: Oklahoma 1976 ballot measures

April 26
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA State Question 521 Healthcare Establishes institutions for the deaf, mute and blind Approveda

August 24

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA State Question 522 Healthcare Provides for emergency medical districts Approveda

November 2

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA State Question 507 Taxes Increases the maximum levy allowable for libraries Approveda
CICA State Question 515 Alcohol Allows liquor to be sold by the drink Defeatedd
LRCA State Question 517 Suffrage Repeals the right of women to vote at all school district elections Approveda
LRCA State Question 523 Redistricting Provides for the apportionment of the legislature Approveda

Oregon

See also: Oregon 1976 ballot measures

May 25
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Measure 1 Veterans Expands the eligibility of veterans to receive home and farm loans Approveda
LRCA Measure 2 Judiciary Affects judicial discipline Approveda
LRCA Measure 3 Bonds Authorizes the issuance and sale of bonds for housing projects Approveda
LRCA Measure 4 Taxes Institutes a vehicle tax to provide funding for mass transit Defeatedd

November 2

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Measure 1 Legislature Allows for two or more legislative acts to amend the same statute and contains instructions on resolving conflicts Approveda
LRCA Measure 2 Elections Requires city officers to be nominated on the state-wide primary election day and city and county officers to be elected on the state-wide general election day Defeatedd
LRCA Measure 3 Legislature Lowers the minimum age for service in the House of Representatives or Senate from 21 to 18 and adds the requirement that a legislator must be a registered voter of the state Defeatedd
LRCA Measure 4 Legislature Repeals the legislature’s ability to provide for emergency succession to public offices that become vacant and to adopt measures providing for the continuity of government Approveda
LRCA Measure 5 Legislature Allows the legislature to initiate a special session and requires their convening within five days after an emergency has been called Approveda
LRCA Measure 6 Gambling Permits tax-exempt organizations to conduct bingo or lotto games Approveda
LRSS Measure 7 Elections Provides public funding for communications expenditures in general elections and sources such funds from a voluntary checkoff on income tax returns Defeatedd
VR Measure 8 Taxes Increases the motor fuel tax and the graduated weight-mile and flat fee tax rates for commercial vehicles and creates a legislative committee to review transportation regulations Defeatedd
CISS Measure 9 Nuclear Provides regulations for the construction of nuclear power plants Defeatedd
CISS Measure 10 Admin of Gov't Creates the Land Conservation and Development Commission and Department to review and control local land use plans, decisions and activities of state-wide significance Defeatedd
CISS Measure 11 Water Deems unlawful the addition of fluorine-containing compounds to any community water supply Defeatedd
CISS Measure 12 Admin of Gov't Repeals the state, counties and local governments abilities to enter into agreements with each other or cooperate in performance of any of their functions Defeatedd

South Dakota

See also: South Dakota 1976 ballot measures

November 2
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Amendment A Con language Changes the preamble of the constitution Defeatedd
LRCA Amendment B Con language Relates to the Bill of Rights Defeatedd
LRCA Amendment C Legislatures Relates to the legislative department Defeatedd
LRCA Amendment D Legislatures Repeals a section of the constitution relating to legislative delegation Defeatedd
LRCA Amendment E Property Relates to school and public lands Defeatedd
LRCA Amendment F Con language Revises and rearranges the constitution Defeatedd

Texas

See also: Texas 1976 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Prop 1 Bonds Increasing the amount of Texas Water Development Bonds that may be issued and outstanding by the Texas Water Development Board, on approval of two-thirds of the Members of each House. Defeatedd
LRCA Prop 2 Bonds Increasing the additional aggregate principal amount of Texas water development bonds. Approveda

Utah

See also: Utah 1976 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
Initiative A Healthcare Ends compulsory fluoridation Approveda
Initiative B Recall Allows recalls of elected officials Defeatedd
Initiative C Budget Provides a budgetary procedures act ceiling. Defeatedd

Vermont

See also: Vermont 1976 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
AQ Question 1 Gambling Advisory whether to enact a Vermont lottery to supplement state revenues Approveda

Washington

See also: Washington 1976 ballot measures

November 2
Type Title Subject Description Result
ITP Initiative 322 Water Criminalizes the fluoridation of public water Defeatedd
ITP Initiative 325 Nuclear Requires new nuclear power plants to meet certain conditions and acquire a two-thirds vote in the legislature Defeatedd
LRSS Referendum 36 Gov't Acc Requires appointed state officials to file financial reports with the Public Disclosure Commission Approveda
LRCA SJR 137 Taxes Permits excess property tax levies for schools to be approved by voters for two-year periods Approveda
LRCA SJR 139 Gov't Salaries Requires any change in salary of the legislature to happen at the same time for all members Defeatedd
LRCA HJR 64 Local Gov't Creates a state agency for developing county home-rule charter models Defeatedd

Wisconsin

See also: Wisconsin 1976 ballot measures

April 6
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Question 1 Spending Allows for an increase in municipal debt level from 5% to 10% of the state equalized valuation of the taxable property in that area Defeatedd


November 2

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRSS Question 1 Suffrage Entitles new residents of the state to vote in the state after 10 days of residency Approveda
LRCA Question 2 Spending Broadens the authority under which state funds may be appropriated to improving transportation facilities Defeatedd