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1986 ballot measures

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1987
1985

Alabama

See also: Alabama 1986 ballot measures

Alaska

See also: Alaska 1986 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
IndISS Nuclear Weapons Freeze War and peace Nuclear weapons freeze Approveda
LRCA State Budget Appropriations State budgets Allow state budget appropriations increase Approveda
LRCA Legislative Annulment State legislatures Permit the legislature to annul executive branch regulations Defeatedd
AQ Longevity Bonus State legislatures Annuity and longevity bonus options Approveda

Arizona

See also: Arizona 1986 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Proposition 100 Business Establishes state definitions and policy on corporations to include certain telecommunication corporations Defeatedd
LRCA Proposition 101 Education Provides for annual increases in the aggregate expenditure limitation for school districts Approveda
LRCA Proposition 102 Spending Provides for elections to permanently adjust political subdivision expenditure limitation bases limits at certain regularly scheduled elections Defeatedd
CICA Proposition 103 Law enforcement Establishes policy on monetary damages in cases of injury and death Defeatedd
CISS Proposition 200 Elections and campaigns Limits campaign contribution for candidates Approveda
LRSS Proposition 300 Elected official salaries Increases salaries of state legislators Defeatedd

Arkansas

See also: Arkansas 1986 ballot measures

November 4
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Proposed Amendment 64 Judiciary Increases civil jurisdiction of municipal courts to $3,000 Approveda
CICA Proposed Amendment 65 Abortion Bans public funding for abortions except for cases in which the mother's life is endangered Defeatedd
CICA Proposed Amendment 66 Admin. of Gov't Creates four-year terms for elected county officials and Justices of the Peace Defeatedd
CICA Proposed Amendment 67 Bonds Allows the government to issue revenue bonds without an election Approveda

California

See also: California 1986 ballot propositions

June 3

Type Title Subject Description Result
LBM Proposition 42 Bonds $850 million, veteran housing loans Approveda
LBM Proposition 43 Bonds $100 million for parks, beaches, recreational areas Approveda
LBM Proposition 44 Bonds $150 million for water projects Approveda
LRCA Proposition 45 Admin of gov't State funds can be deposited in a credit union Approveda
LRCA Proposition 46 Taxes With 2/3rds vote, property tax higher than allowed under Prop 13 if funds purchase real estate Approveda
LRCA Proposition 47 Taxes Vehicle license fees allocated to cities and counties Approveda
LRCA Proposition 48 Spending Retirement systems of legislators and judges Approveda
LRCA Proposition 49 Elections Parties not allowed to endorse candidates for nonpartisan offices Approveda
LRCA Proposition 50 Taxes How property built to replace property damaged by a disaster is valued Approveda
CISS Proposition 51 Judiciary Defendants in tort cases pay proportionally to their responsibility for non-economic damages Approveda
LBM Proposition 52 Bonds $495 million for county jails Approveda

November 4

Type Title Subject Description Result
LBM Proposition 53 Bonds $800 million for public school construction Approveda
LBM Proposition 54 Bonds $500 million for correctional facilities Approveda
LBM Proposition 55 Bonds $100 million for water systems Approveda
LBM Proposition 56 Bonds $400 million for higher education Approveda
LRCA Proposition 57 Pensions Retirement system for elected constitutional officers Approveda
LRCA Proposition 58 Taxes Property transferred within family keeps its Prop 13 limits Approveda
LRCA Proposition 59 Elections Elected district attorney in all 58 counties Approveda
LRCA Proposition 60 Taxes Those over 55 allowed to take Prop 13 protections to new residence Approveda
CICA Proposition 61 Admin of gov't Caps on salaries of state gov't officials Defeatedd
CISS Proposition 62 Taxes New local taxes required 2/3rds voter approval Approveda
CICA Proposition 63 English English is the official language of California Approveda
CISS Proposition 64 Healthcare Declares AIDS as an infectious, contagious and communicable disease Defeatedd
CISS Proposition 65 Healthcare Individuals cannot be exposed chemicals known to cause cancer or reproductive toxicity without notification Approveda

Colorado

See also: Colorado 1986 ballot measures

November 6
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Referendum 1 Admin of gov't Requires appointments to state offices to be made according to merit and fitness. Defeatedd
LRCA Referendum 2 Admin. of gov't. Empowers board of county commissioners in each county to fix compensation of county officers. Defeatedd
LRCA Referendum 3 Direct Democracy Makes any franchise granted by a home rule municipality subject to initiative and referendum Approveda
CICA Initiative 4 Taxes Requires voter approval for new or increased state or local taxes Defeatedd

Connecticut

See also: Connecticut 1986 ballot measures

November 4
Type Title Subject Description Result
ConCon Question 1 ConCon Asks voters whether they want a state constitutional convention to take place Defeatedd
LRCA Question 2 Elections Eliminates the use of party levers in voting machines Approveda
LRCA Question 3 Judiciary Establishes a commission to recommend judicial candidates to the governor for nomination Approveda

Florida

See also: Florida 1986 ballot measures

November 4
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Amendment 1 State Exec Allows the Attorney General to appoint a statewide prosecutor to prosecute multicircuit violations of state criminal laws Approveda
CICA Amendment 2 Gambling Allows casino gambling in hotels of 500 rooms or more in counties where the county has approved casino gambling by initiative referendum Defeatedd
LRCA Amendment 3 Taxes Changes the homestead tax exemption to $5,000, plus one-half of the assessed value over $5,000, with total up to $25,000 Defeatedd
LRCA Amendment 4 Direct Democracy Requires the Supreme Court upon the request of the Attorney General to issue advisory opinions of initiated constitutional amendments Approveda
CICA Amendment 5 Lottery Authorizes the state to operate lotteries Approveda

Idaho

See also: Idaho 1986 ballot measures

November 4
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA HJR 4 Legislature Limits the size of the legislature Approveda
LRCA SJR 102 Term limits Establishes a four year term limit for county coroners Approveda
LRCA SJR 107 Admin of Gov't Limits the power of the Board of Pardons Approveda
CISS INIT 1 Lottery Establishes a State Lottery Commissione Approveda
VR REFER 1 Labor Retains the Right-to-Work law Approveda

Illinois

See also: Illinois 1986 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Amendment 1 Law enforcement Expands the class of people who may be denied bail Approveda
LRCA Amendment 2 Veterans Exempt veterans' organizations from property taxation Defeatedd

Kentucky

See also: Kentucky 1986 ballot measures

November 4
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Amendment 1 Education Abolishes the office of superintendent of public instruction and establishes a state board of education Defeatedd
LRCA Amendment 2 Term Limits Allows mayors to serve two terms beyond their original term Approveda

Maine

See also: Maine 1986 ballot measures

June 10
Type Title Subject Description Result
IndISS Intiative Question Adult Criminalizes making, transfer, exhibition, advertisement and promotion of obscene materials or devices for value Defeatedd

November 4

Type Title Subject Description Result
IndISS Initiative Question 1 Utilities Prohibits mandatory local measured telephone service Approveda
BI Bond Issue 2 Prisons Issues $16 million in bonds to build, repair and renovate state correctional facilities Approveda
BI Bond Issue 3 Utilities Issues $12 million in bonds to provide for sewer treatment facilities Approveda
BI Bond Issue 4 Education Issues $6 million in bonds for school construction projects and activity building at mental health institute Approveda
BI Bond Issue 5 Bonds Issues $6 million in bonds to identify and correct asbestos problems in state facilities Approveda
BI Bond Issue 6 Transportation Issues $10 million in bonds for coastal access, harbor, state ferry and marine laboratory improvements Defeatedd
BI Bond Issue 7 War & Peace Issues $3.1 million dollars in bonds for the expansion, rehabilitation and construction of the armory Defeatedd
BI Bond Issue 8 Forests & Parks Issues $5 million in bonds for the acquisition of wildlife habitats and land for public outdoor recreation Approveda
BI Bond Issue 9 Education Issues $7.7 million in bonds to upgrade facilities in the University of Maine System Approveda
LRCA Constitutional Amendment 10 Redistricting Changes procedure for apportionment of the state legislature and the operation of the Reapportionment Commission Approveda

Maryland

See also: Maryland 1986 ballot measures

November 4
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Question 1 Legislature Requires person filling vacancies in the House or Senate to be a member of the same political party as the vacating member Approveda
LRCA Question 2 Local gov't Requires the charter of Harford County to provide for elections by the entire county Approveda
LRCA Question 3 Local gov't Repeals the requirement that county officials be elected by voters of the entire county Approveda
LRCA Question 4 Gov't Finances Provides that clerks of court shall be funded through the state budget Approveda

Massachusetts

See also: Massachusetts 1986 ballot measures

November 4
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Question 1 Abortion Allows the legislature to prohibit or regulate abortion Defeatedd
LRCA Question 2 Education Permits public aid for private students and education institutions Defeatedd
IndISS Question 3 Taxes Repeals state surtax Approveda
IndISS Question 4 Environment Requires the Department of Environmental Quality Engineering to identify hazardous waste sites Approveda
VR Question 5 Transportation Requires the use of seat belts in motor vehicles Defeatedd
IndISS Question 6 Elections Permits mail-in voter registration Defeatedd
AQ Question 7 Health Care Urges the U.S. Congress to enact a national health care program Approveda
AQ Question 8 Environment Urges the U.S. Congress and President to enact a national program to combat acid rain Approveda

Michigan

See also: Michigan 1986 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Proposal A Admin of gov't Establish the library of Michigan Defeatedd
LRCA Proposal B Admin of gov't Allow for approval or rejection of administrative rules Defeatedd
LRCA Proposal C Law enforcement Expand authority of state officers compensation commission Defeatedd

Missouri

See also: Missouri 1986 ballot measures

August 5
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Amendment 2 Admin of gov't Provides that bills enacted by legislature become law if not rejected by governor Approveda
LRCA Amendment 3 Gov't finances Established a cash operating reserve fund in state treasury Approveda
LRCA Amendment 4 Gov't Salaries Limits county officials compensation Approveda
LRCA Amendment 6 Gov't finances Makes the state treasurer the custodian of state funds Approveda
LRCA Amendment 8 Gambling Clarifies the horse racing amendment Approveda

November 4

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Amendment 5 Bond issues Allows cities and counties to issue bonds for public improvements Defeatedd
LRCA Amendment 7 Bond issues Provides that only voters of participating governmental units need to approve bond issuance Approveda

Nebraska

See also: Nebraska 1986 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
LB 496 Transportation Defeatedd
LB 662 Education Defeatedd

New Jersey

See also: New Jersey 1986 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
Question 1
Question 2

North Dakota

See also: North Dakota 1986 ballot measures

June 10
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Measure 1 Resources Allows board of university and public lands to exchange state coal mineral interests for lands or coal mineral interests of the federal government Approveda
LRCA Measure 2 State Exec Repeals and replaces executive branch article Defeatedd
LRCA Measure 3 Admin of Gov't Replaces state auditor with state treasurer as a member of the board of university and school lands Approveda
CISS Measure 4 Sunday Reduces number of employees allowed to work on Sundays in grocery stores from six to three Defeatedd

November 4

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Measure 1 State Exec Makes December 15 start of the term of office for governor and lieutenant governor Approveda
LRCA Measure 2 State Exec Removes nonpartisan ballot requirement for state tax commissioner Approveda
CICA Measure 3 Gambling Establishes a state lottery Defeatedd
CISS Measure 4 Sunday Bans business behaviors between midnight and noon on Sundays Defeatedd

Oregon

See also: Oregon 1986 ballot measures

May 20
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Measure 1 Taxes Prohibits the taxation of social security benefits Approveda
LRCA Measure 2 Taxes Regards the effect on the merging of tax units on a given tax base Approveda
LRCA Measure 3 Direct Democracy Regards the verification of signatures on initiative and referendum petitions Approveda
LRCA Measure 4 Elections Requires a special election for vacancies in the state delegation to the United States Senate Approveda
LRCA Measure 5 Bonds Authorizes the issuance and sale of $96 million in bonds for state-county prison buildings Defeatedd

November 4

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Measure 1 State Exec Removes the requirement that the Secretary of State live in the Salem Approveda
LRCA Measure 2 Redistricting Revises the legislative district reapportionment procedures Approveda
LRCA Measure 3 Gambling Permits charitable, fraternal and religious organizations to hold raffles Approveda
LRSS Measure 4 Admin of Gov't Replaces the Public Utility Commissioner with a three member Public Utility Commission Approveda
CISS Measure 5 Marijuana Legalizes the possession and growing of marijuana for private use Defeatedd
CICA Measure 6 Abortion Prohibits the use of state funds for abortions, except to prevent the death of the mother Defeatedd
CICA Measure 7 Taxes Institutes a five percent sales tax for school funding, property tax reductions and renter’s relief Defeatedd
CISS Measure 8 Utilities Prohibits the Public Utility Commissioner from requiring local measured telephone service payments from customers Approveda
CICA Measure 9 Taxes Sets maximum property tax rates, limits assessed property value increases and requires a majority popular vote for any new or increased property taxes Defeatedd
CISS Measure 10 Law Enforcement Expands crime victims’ rights and role in the criminal justice process Approveda
CICA Measure 11 Taxes Exempts part of an owner’s home value from property tax, requires renter’s relief and bars sales tax except by initiative Defeatedd
CISS Measure 12 Taxes Reduces most corporate income tax rates, but increases rates for higher bracket earners Defeatedd
CICA Measure 13 Elections Requires a voter to be registered at least twenty days before an election in order to vote Approveda
CISS Measure 14 Nuclear Prohibits all nuclear power plant operations until the federal government licenses a permanent radioactive waste disposal site Defeatedd
CISS Measure 15 Nuclear Redefines “radioactive waste” in existing laws due to newer legal definitions of the term Defeatedd
CISS Measure 16 Taxes Gives tax credits to nuclear weapons manufacturers transitioning to producing consumer commodities and penalizes those nuclear weapons firms who did not transition after 1990 Defeatedd

South Dakota

See also: South Dakota 1986 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
CI Memorial Day Measure Administration of Government Memorial Day observed last Monday in May Approveda

Texas

See also: Texas 1986 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Prop 1 Taxes Apportionment of the value of railroad rolling stock among counties for taxation. Approveda
LRCA Prop 2 Admin of gov't Requiring each bill to have a title expressing it's subject. Approveda
LRCA Prop 3 Admin of gov't Allowing political subdivisions the opportunity to engage in and transact business with authorized mutual insurance companies. Approveda
LRCA Prop 4 Business regulation Allowing a bank to offer services at more than one location within the city or county where its principal facility is located. Approveda

Vermont

See also: Vermont 1986 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Equal Rights Amendment Civil rights Defeatedd
LRCA Redistricting Amendment Redistricting Approveda

Washington

See also: Washington 1986 ballot measures

November 4
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRSS Referendum 40 Nuclear Authorizes state officials to continue challenging the federal selection of nuclear waste repository locations Approveda
ITL Initiative 90 Taxes Increases sales tax to fund wildlife conservation and recreation programs Defeatedd
LRCA SJR 136 Judiciary Expands the authority and membership of the commission reviewing judicial conduct Approveda
LRCA SJR 138 Elections Modifies the process of filling vacancies in state legislative and county offices Defeatedd
LRCA HJR 49 Gov't Salaries Establishes an independent commission to set salaries for elected officials Approveda
LRCA HJR 55 Education Permits voters to approve tax levies to finance school construction not exceeding six years Approveda

Wisconsin

See also: Wisconsin 1986 ballot measures

April 1
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Question 1 Constitutional language Updates the Constitution's definition of suffrage and gives the legislature the power to enact various laws regarding voting Approveda
LRCA Question 2 Constitutional language Modernizes the language in Article XIII, Section 1 of the state Constitution Approveda
LRCA Question 3 Constitutional language Repeals obsolete provision regarding voting if residing on "Indian lands" Approveda
LRCA Question 4 Constitutional language Rewords Article 1, Section 1 of the state Constitution to parallel the Declaration of Independence Approveda