1980 ballot measures

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1981
1979

Alabama

See also: Alabama 1980 ballot measures

Alaska

See also: Alaska 1980 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
IndISS Stock Ownership Corporation Admin of gov't Establish Alaska Stock Ownership Corp Defeatedd
AQ Statehood Commission Admin of gov't Should Alaska Statehood Commission be formed? Approveda
LRCA Alaska Government Commission Appointments (1980) Legislature Defeatedd
LRCA Alaska Legislative Authority to Annul Regulations (1980) Legislature Defeatedd
LRCA Alaska Authorization of Special Legislative Committees (1980) Legislature Defeatedd
LRCA Alaska Legislative Conflicts of Interest (1980) Legislature Defeatedd
Alaska BP Bonds $7,718,800 for construction of fishery facilities Approveda
Alaska BP Bonds $33 million for water supply and sewage system construction Approveda
Alaska BP Bonds $18,787,500 for facilities upgrade Defeatedd
Alaska BP Bonds $28.35 million for correctional facilities Approveda
Alaska BP Bonds $20 million for cultural facilities Defeatedd
Alaska BP Bonds $156,992,700 for transportation Approveda
Alaska BP Bonds $63,651 million for education, library, University of Alaska Approveda

Arizona

See also: Arizona 1980 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Proposition 100 Elections Nomination of an elective incumbent to another local, State, or Federal office Approveda
LRCA Proposition 101 Transportation All railroads declared common carriers Approveda
LRCA Proposition 102 Term limits Limiting State Treasurer to no more than two consecutive terms Approveda
LRCA Proposition 103 Taxes Exemption of certain areas of privately owned airports from taxation Defeatedd
LRCA Proposition 104 Law enforcement Minors convicted as adults would be jailed or imprisoned with adults Defeatedd
LRCA Proposition 105 Labor Right to sue options for workers compensation Approveda
LRCA Proposition 106 Taxes Limits property taxes; requires ⅔ of legislature or voters to raise property taxes Defeatedd
CISS Proposition 200 Gambling Creates state lottery and lottery commission Approveda
LRSS Proposition 300 Salaries of Elected officials Raises legislator salaries from $6,000 to $15,000 Approveda

Arkansas

See also: Arkansas 1980 ballot measures

November 4
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Proposed Amendment 59 Taxes Relieves and rolls back property taxes Approveda
CICA Proposed Amendment 60 Legislature Authorizes state legislature to establish maximum interest rates with a two-thirds vote Defeatedd
CISS Initiated Act No. 1 Education Creates minimum educational standards Defeatedd
ConConRef Proposed Constitution of 1980 Revised constitution Instates a revised version of the state constitution Defeatedd
ConConRef Alternate Proposal Judiciary Options for selecting state Supreme Court Justices Option 2

California

See also: California 1980 ballot propositions

June 3

Type Title Subject Description Result
LBM Proposition 1 Bonds $495 million bond for open space, fishing, water supply Defeatedd
LBM Proposition 2 Bonds $750 million veteran housing bond Approveda
LRCA Proposition 3 Admin of gov't State capitol renovation must be historically sensitive Approveda
LRCA Proposition 4 Elections Public vote need not be held before a "lowering housing project" can be developed by public body Defeatedd
LRCA Proposition 5 Civil rights Journalists cannot be cited for contempt for refusing to disclose sources of information Approveda
LRCA Proposition 6 Elections Some provisions for how redistricting is to occur Approveda
LRCA Proposition 7 State spending State authorized to provide aid for disaster recovery and relief Approveda
LRCA Proposition 8 Bonds Legislature allowed to issue bonds to finance alternative energy Approveda
CICA Proposition 9 Taxes Income tax not to exceed 50% of the rates in effect for the 1978 taxable year. Defeatedd
CICA Proposition 10 Property Rent control can only be imposed by local municipalities via a vote of the people Defeatedd
CISS Proposition 11 Taxes 10% surtax on oil, gas, coal and uranium Defeatedd

November 4

Type Title Subject Description Result
LBM Proposition 1 Bonds $285 million bond for parks, beaches and recreational facilities Approveda
LBM Proposition 2 Bonds $85 million bond for the acquisition of property in Lake Tahoe region Defeatedd
LRCA Proposition 3 Insurance Establish insurance guarantee funds to pay claims against insolvent insurers Defeatedd
LRCA Proposition 4 Taxes Tax increases allowed to pay for acquisition of property by taxing entity Defeatedd
LRCA Proposition 5 Taxes Property valuation when it replaces property damaged by earthquake or taken via eminent domain Defeatedd
LRCA Proposition 6 Judiciary Jury can include fewer than 12 jurors Approveda
LRCA Proposition 7 Taxes For purposes of property valuation, solar energy systems don't count as "newly constructed" Approveda
LRCA Proposition 8 Water Restrictions on eminent domain proceedings in delta Approveda
LBM Proposition 9 Water Increase to $30 million the amount of previously approved bonds that can go to water projects Approveda
CISS Proposition 10 Tobacco Require non-smoking sections in all enclosed public spaces Defeatedd
LRCA Proposition 11 Judiciary Rules governing judicial salary increases Approveda

Colorado

See also: Colorado 1980 ballot measures

November 4
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Referendum 1 Direct Democracy Provides that an elector must be registered in order to sign a petition for an initiated or referred measure Approveda
LRCA Referendum 2 Gambling Authorizes a state-supervised lottery Approveda
CICA Initiative 3 Admin of Gov't Unincorporated area may be annexed only if approved by a majority vote. Approveda
CICA Initiative 4 Property Providing for the sale or transfer of real estate Defeatedd
CISS Initiative 5 Banking Permitting banks to establish one or more branch banking facilities. Defeatedd
CICA Initiative 6 Transportation Create a board of directors of the Regional Transportation District. Approveda

Connecticut

See also: Connecticut 1980 ballot measures

November 4
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Question 1 Elections Concerns admission of electors after removal from the town of residence Approveda
LRCA Question 2 Elections Concerns pre-registration of seventeen year-old citizens as electors Approveda
LRCA Question 3 Elections Concerns the age of eligibility for state office Approveda
LRCA Question 4 Redistricting Concerns the timetable for reapportionment Approveda

Florida

See also: Florida 1980 ballot measures

March 11
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Amendment 1 Taxes Changes the homestead tax exemption Approveda
LRCA Amendment 2 Judiciary Changes the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court Approveda

October 7

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Amendment 1 Taxes Provides a tax exemption relating to renewable energy devices Approveda
LRCA Amendment 2 Housing Allows for revenue bonds for housing and related facilities Approveda
LRCA Amendment 3 Taxes Allows for expanded local ad valorem tax exemptions to businesses and property Approveda
LRCA Amendment 4 Taxes Allows for expanded local homestead and ad valorem tax exemptions Approveda
LRCA Amendment 5 Taxes Allows business inventories and livestock to be classified for tax purposes or exempted from taxation Approveda

November 4

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Amendment 1 Constitution Abolishes the Florida Constitution Revision Commission Defeatedd
LRCA Amendment 2 Civil rights Establishes a constitutional right of privacy Approveda
LRCA Amendment 3 Admin of Gov't States that publishing the title of a bill in the legislative journals shall serve as the first reading required by the State Constitution Approveda
LRCA Amendment 4 Water Allows state bonds to be issued for water facilities Approveda
LRCA Amendment 5 Taxes Removes certain limits on the use of the "second gas tax" to finance bonds for roads Approveda

Idaho

See also: Idaho 1980 ballot measures

November 4
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA HJR 12 Healthcare Empowers the Idaho Health Facilities Authority to finance or operate health facilities Approveda
LRCA SJR 112 Direct democracy Removes restriction limiting initiatives to gubernatorial election years Approveda

Illinois

See also: Illinois 1980 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
CICA Amendment 1 Administration of government Reduce size of the House of Representatives Approveda
LRCA Amendment 2 Taxes Reduce time allowed for redeeming property sold for nonpayment of taxes Approveda

Maine

See also: Maine 1980 ballot measures

March 11
Type Title Subject Description Result
VR Referendum Question Gambling Prohibits games of chance played on machines Defeatedd

June 10

Type Title Subject Description Result
BI Referendum Question Education Issues $8 million in bonds for improvements to vocational-technical institutes and the Maine Maritime Academy Approveda

September 23

Type Title Subject Description Result
IndISS Referendum Question Nuclear Prohibits the generation of nuclear power in the state through nuclear fission Defeatedd

November 4

Type Title Subject Description Result
BI Referendum Question No. 1 Judiciary Issues $4 million in bonds for court facilities improvements Defeatedd
BI Referendum Question No. 2 Energy Issues $7 million in bonds for energy conservation improvements for public school buildings and the University of Maine Approveda
LRCA Proposed Constitutional Amendment No. 1 Legislatures Brings into conformance the year in which the House and Senate are apportioned Approveda
LRCA Proposed Constitutional Amendment No. 2 Direct Democracy Changes schedule for voting dates on referendum and initiatives Approveda
LRCA Proposed Constitutional Amendment No. 3 Judiciary Creates constitutional and statutory methods for selection of judges of probate and justices of the peace Approveda

Maryland

See also: Maryland 1980 ballot measures

November 4
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Question 1 Local gov't Provides method for county council elections in Anne Arundel County Approveda
LRCA Question 2 Judiciary Consolidates courts of the Supreme Bench to a single Circuit Court in Baltimore Approveda
LRCA Question 3 Trials Amends provisions on the removal of cases from court to another Approveda
LRCA Question 4 Local gov't Authorizes the mayor to make loans for residential and commercial properties in Baltimore Approveda
LRCA Question 5 Eminent domain Allows Wicomico County Council to acquire land for public use Defeatedd

Massachusetts

See also: Massachusetts 1980 ballot measures

November 4
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Question 1 Civil Rights Prohibits discrimination against disabled persons Approveda
IndISS Question 2 Taxes Limits the annual tax increases in municipalities to 2.5% Approveda
IndISS Question 3 Taxes Limits certain state and local taxes and increases the state’s share of education costs Defeatedd
VR Question 4 Gov't Salaries Restricts state authority from placing certain costs on cities and towns Defeatedd
LRCA Question 5 Gov't Finance Restricts state authority to place certain costs on cities and towns. Approveda
LRCA Question 6 Legislature Changes legislative voting procedures for emergency laws Defeatedd

Michigan

See also: Michigan 1980 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
CICA Proposal A Education School boards responsibility, property tax reduction, revenue for per pupil funding Defeatedd
LRCA Proposal B Alcohol Lower minimal age for alcohol possession or consumption 19 years Defeatedd
LRCA Proposal C Taxes Provide property tax relief; mandate creation of state “rainy day” fund Defeatedd
CICA Proposal D Taxes Decrease property taxes and prohibit new types of homestead taxes Defeatedd
LRCA Proposal G Admin of gov't Allow the legislature to pass laws to reform members immunity from civil arrest and process Defeatedd
LRCA Proposal H Admin of gov't Restrict authority of lieutenant governor and establish a procedure to fill a vacancy Defeatedd
LRSS Proposal E Taxes Increase the state income tax 0.1% for 5 years Defeatedd

Minnesota

See also: Minnesota 1980 ballot measures

November 4
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Amendment 1 Elections Requires campaign spending limits for executive and legislative offices Approveda
LRCA Amendment 2 Bonds Removes restrictions on highway bonds Defeatedd
LRCA Amendment 3 Legislature Removes requirement of senate approval for notaries public Defeatedd
LRCA Amendment 4 Redistricting Establishes a bipartisan reapportionment commission Defeatedd
LRCA Amendment 5 Direct democracy Establishes initiative and referendum Defeatedd

Missouri

See also: Missouri 1980 ballot measures

November 4
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Amendment 3 Gambling Allows legislature to authorize organizations to conduct games of bingo Approveda
LRCA Amendment 4 Taxes Allows conservation taxes to be used for payments on commissioned lands Approveda
CICA Amendment 5 Taxes Limits state and local taxes Approveda
CISS Proposition 11 Nuclear issues Prohibits utilization of nuclear fission for electricity Defeatedd

Montana

See also: Montana 1980 ballot measures

November 7
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA C-9 Judiciary Provides exceptions to the confidentiality of the documents of the Judicial Standards Commission Approveda
CISS I-84 Nuclear Forbids disposal of radioactive waste within the state Approveda
CISS I-85 Gov't Acc Requires public disclosure of lobbyist activities Approveda
CISS I-86 Taxes Changes the income tax structure to prevent adjustment due solely to inflation Approveda
CISS I-87 Environment Provides for a voluntary recycling program and prohibits the sale of non-refillable glass or plastic beverage bottles Defeatedd

Nevada

See also: Nevada 1980 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Question 7 Judicial issues Authorizes the establishment of an intermediate court of appeals. Defeatedd
Property Tax Taxes Limits property taxes Defeatedd
Household Goods Tax Taxes Provides tax exemption for household goods Approveda
Food Tax Taxes Provides tax exemption for foods Approveda

New Jersey

See also: New Jersey 1980 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
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Question 4
Question 5
Question 6
Question 7
Question 8

North Dakota

See also: North Dakota 1980 ballot measures

September 2
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Amendment 1 Gov't Salaries Requires all fees and profits gathered by any public office that has a salary prescribed by law be deposited in the state treasury Defeatedd
LRCA Amendment 2 Taxes Prohibits the legislative assembly from levying a tax on the assessed value of real or personal property Approveda
LRCA Amendment 2 Taxes Repeals one mill levy on all taxable property for the state medical center Defeatedd
LRCA Amendment 4 Taxes Exempts certain lands used for public purposes to be exempted from state property tax Defeatedd
LRCA Amendment 5 Judiciary Repeals jurisdiction of police magistrates, constables and justices of the peace; Provides for election of the clerk of district court Approveda
LRCA Amendment 6 Gov't Salaries Repeals prohibition of appointment or election of legislators to offices which have had increases in emoluments during the legislators' terms of office Defeatedd
LRSS Measure 7 Elections Provides for presidential preference primary elections Approveda
LRSS Measure 8 Veterans Appropriates money for acquisition of cross ranch for a veterans memorial state park Defeatedd

November 4

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Amendment 1 Bonds Increases maximum amount which can be secured by a first mortgage on real estate which backing large state bonds Approveda
LRCA Amendment 2 Gov't Salaries Empowers the legislative assembly to set the compensation of the legislature members Defeatedd
LRCA Amendment 3 Legislature Repeals and replaces constitutional language that describes the legislative branch Defeatedd
LRCA Amendment 4 State Exec Repeals and replaces constitutional article outlining executive branch Defeatedd
LRCA Amendment 5 Gov't Finance Provides 15 percent of the state coal severance tax to be placed in a permanent trust fund administered by board of university and school lands Approveda
CISS Measure 6 Resources Creates 6.5 percent oil extraction tax of the gross value of oil at the well Approveda
CISS Measure 7 Housing Empowers Industrial Commission to act as a state housing finance agency providing mortgage loans to low-income persons Approveda
LRSS Measure 8 Elections Repeals and replaces the North Dakota election code Defeatedd

Ohio

See also: Ohio 1980 ballot measures

June 3
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Issue 1 Utilities Authorizes public financing of electric generating facilities Defeatedd
LRCA Issue 2 Housing Authorizes state and local governments to borrow money for the purpose of making low cost housing available Defeatedd
LRCA Issue 3 Bonds Authorizes the state to issue bonds for construction of highways, roads, and streets Defeatedd
LRCA Issue 4 Local Gov't Changes the method by which copies of county charters are delivered to voters Defeatedd

November 4

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Issue 1 Taxes Authorizes the Ohio General Assembly to classify real property for tax purposes Approveda
IndISS Issue 2 Taxes Restructures state taxes on personal income, real estate, corporations, and personal property Defeatedd

Oklahoma

See also: Oklahoma 1980 ballot measures

November 4
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA State Question 540 Legislature Allows the legislature to call itself into special session Approveda
LRCA State Question 544 Transportation Allows the state to receive federal funds to transportation purposes Defeatedd
LRCA State Question 545 Transportation Authorizes municipalities an counties to enter into regional transportation districts Defeatedd
LRCA State Question 546 Taxes Increases the emergency levy for school districts Defeatedd
LRCA State Question 548 Gov't Finances Increases maximum limit on school district bonded indebtedness Defeatedd
LRCA State Question 549 Taxes Authorizes an additional levy to be apportioned among municipalities Defeatedd
LRCA State Question 551 Redistricting Extends the amount of time the legislature has to complete apportionment Defeatedd
LRCA State Question 552 Bonds Allows municipalities to issue revenue bonds to finance public utilities Defeatedd

Oregon

See also: Oregon 1980 ballot measures

May 20

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Measure 1 Taxes Limits the uses of revenues from the gasoline and highway user taxes Approveda
LRCA Measure 2 Alcohol Affects the liquor by the drink constitutional provision Defeatedd
LRCA Measure 3 Bonds Authorizes bonds for small scale local energy project loans Approveda
LRCA Measure 4 Veterans Alters the eligibility of people seeking veterans’ home and farm loans Approveda
LRSS Measure 5 Taxes Continues the state’s tax reduction program Approveda
LRCA Measure 6 Housing Defines multifamily low income elderly housing Approveda

November 4

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Measure 1 Elections Repeals the electability of the Superintendent of Public instruction and, in lieu, provides that the governor appoint someone to that position Defeatedd
LRCA Measure 2 Suffrage Provides “mentally handicapped persons” with full voting rights, unless declared incompetent to vote by statute Approveda
LRCA Measure 3 Taxes Allocates revenues from oil and natural gas taxes to the Common School Fund Approveda
LRSS Measure 4 Taxes Increases fuel taxes from seven to nine centers per gallon and increases flat rate taxes on commercial vehicles using non-gasoline fuel Defeatedd
CISS Measure 5 Hunt & Fish Bans snare and leghold traps, except under certain conditions Defeatedd
CICA Measure 6 Taxes Limits the annual property tax to previous levels, prohibits sales and transaction taxes on property and requires a two-thirds vote to increase taxes Defeatedd
CISS Measure 7 Nuclear Requires that a permanent nuclear waste disposal facility within the state must be federally licensed and have voter approval Approveda
LRCA Measure 8 Bonds Authorizes bonds to finance state, regional and local correctional facilities Defeatedd

South Dakota

See also: South Dakota 1980 ballot measures

November 4
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Amendment A Judiciary Relates to the appointment of judges Approveda
CICA Amendment B Taxes Relates to real property taxes Defeatedd
CICA Amendment C Direct democracy Prohibits the legislature from changing initiated or referred laws that have been voted on by the people Defeatedd
LRCA Amendment D Direct democracy Relates to legislative prerogative to amend initiated or referred laws Defeatedd
LRCA Amendment E Legislature Relates to length of legislative sessions Approveda
VR Referendum 1 Hunting Allows hunting of the mourning dove Approveda
IndISS Initiative 1 Nuclear issues Relates to regulation of uranium mining and disposal of nuclear waste Defeatedd

Texas

See also: Texas 1980 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Prop 1 Business regulation Authorizing banks to place unmanned teller machines within the area of their domicile. Approveda
LRCA Prop 2 Judiciary Authorizing the appeal of certain pretrial rulings in criminal cases. Defeatedd
LRCA Prop 3 Taxes Requiring a single appraisal and a single board of equalization within each county. Approveda
LRCA Prop 4 Gambling Authorizing bingo games for non profit organizations. Approveda
LRCA Prop 5 State budget Granting the governor power to exercise fiscal control over the expenditure of appropriated funds. Defeatedd
LRCA Prop 6 Government accountability Authorizing the governor to remove appointed officers with the advice and consent of the senate. Approveda
LRCA Prop 7 Admin of gov't Authorizing counties with a population of 5,000 or less to perform private road work. Approveda
LRCA Prop 8 Admin of gov't Changing the name of the Courts of Civil Appeals and the names and qualifications of the justices of the Supreme Court and to prescribe the jurisdiction and authority of the appellate courts Defeatedd
LRCA Prop 9 Property rights Allowing spouses to agree that income or property arising from separate property is to be separate property. Approveda

Utah

See also: Utah 1980 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
Initiative A Taxes Eliminates sales tax Defeatedd
Initiative B Taxes Imposes limitations on state taxes Defeatedd

Washington

See also: Washington 1980 ballot measures

November 4
Type Title Subject Description Result
ITP Initiative 383 Nuclear Bans the importation and storage of non-medical radioactive wastes generated outside the state Approveda
LRSS Referendum Bill 38 Bonds Authorizes $125 million in state general obligation bonds for water supply facilities Approveda
LRSS Referendum Bill 39 Bonds Authorizes $450 million in state general obligation bonds for public waste disposal facilities Approveda
LRCA SJR 132 Fed Con Removes the legal barriers for the state to control unappropriated federal public lands Defeatedd
LRCA HJR 37 Judiciary Creates a judicial qualifications committee and empowers the Supreme Court to discipline judges upon the commission's recommendation Approveda

Wisconsin

See also: Wisconsin 1980 ballot measures

November 4
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRSS Question 1 Suffrage Allows non-resident property owners in public inland lake protection and rehabilitation districts to vote at district meetings Approveda