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1997
1995

226 statewide ballot measures were on the ballot in 1996 in forty-one states.

Alabama

See also: Alabama 1996 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Amendment 1 Hunting Guarantees the right to hunt and fish in Alabama Approveda
LRCA Amendment 2 Taxes Allow public officials to participate in the state employees' retirement system Defeatedd
LRCA Amendment 3 Law enforcement Removes the prohibition on guilty pleas within 15 days of arrest in non-capital felony cases Approveda
LRCA Amendment 4 Gambling Governing bodies in three cities can allow bingo operations for profit Approveda
LRCA Amendment 5 Gambling Allows Jefferson county to establish monetary bingo prizes Approveda

Alaska

See also: Alaska 1996 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Measure 1 Admin of gov't Defines how Alaska would respond to any changes in the Alaska Statehood Act Approveda
IndISS Measure 3 Hunting A ban on same day airborne hunting of wolf, wolverine, fox or lynx Approveda
IndISS Measure 4 Term Limits Informed voter law Approveda

Arizona

See also: Arizona 1996 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
LR Prop 100 Legislature Allow legislature to set specific dates for certain laws. Defeatedd
LR Prop 101 Taxes Allow legislature to exempt certain properties from tax Approveda
ISS Prop 102 Judiciary Superior Court given exclusive original jurisdiction in matters affecting juveniles Approveda
ISS Prop 200 Marijuana Require certain procedure for sentencing persons convicted of drug-related crimes Approveda
ISS Prop 201 Gambling Tribal gaming compacts Approveda
ISS Prop 203 Healthcare Give part of lottery revenue to Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System Approveda
CR Prop 300 Legislature Salary of $24,000 for state legislators Defeatedd

Arkansas

See also: Arkansas 1996 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Amendment 1 Taxes Establishes a uniform minimum property tax millage rate for maintenance and operation of schools Approveda
LRCA Amendment 2 Taxes Sales tax for various state agencies including fish and game, parks Approveda
LRCA Amendment 3 Initiative and Referendum Modifies procedures for the publication and legal review of statewide initiatives and referenda Defeatedd
CICA Amendment 4 Gambling Establishes a state lottery, permits charitable bingo and casino gambling Defeatedd
CICA Amendment 9 Term Limits An amendment concerning term limits for U.S. Senators and Representatives Approveda
CSS Initiated Act 1 Elections Registration and disclosure requirements for small donor political groups Approveda

California

See also: California 1996 ballot propositions

March 26

Type Title Subject Description Result
LBM Proposition 192 Bonds Provides for a bond issue of two billion dollars to provide funds for a seismic retrofit program Approveda
LRCA Proposition 193 Tax reform New appraisal of real property upon purchase or transfer between grandparents and their grandchild not required Approveda
LRSS Proposition 194 Policing Prisoner's employment in prison does not entitle prisoner to unemployment benefits upon release Approveda
LRSS Proposition 195 Policing Murder during a carjacking, and murder of jurors, added to special circumstances that permit death penalty Approveda
LRSS Proposition 196 Policing Intentional murder by shooting from a motor vehicle added to list of special circumstances for death penalty Approveda
LRSS Proposition 197 Hunting Repeal mountain lion's status as specially protected mammal Defeatedd
CISS Proposition 198 Elections Qualified voters can vote for any candidate regardless of the candidate's political affiliation Approveda
CISS Proposition 199 Rent control Phases out local rent control laws on mobile homes Defeatedd
CISS Proposition 200 Regulation Requires insurer to pay benefits regardless of who is at fault in most motor vehicle accidents Defeatedd
CISS Proposition 201 Judiciary Requires losing party to pay winning party's legal fees in shareholder actions against corporations Defeatedd
CISS Proposition 202 Judiciary Limits contingency fees which plaintiffs' attorneys may collect Defeatedd
LBM Proposition 203 Bonds $3 billion in funds for schools Approveda

November 5

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Type Title Subject Description Result
LBM Proposition 204 Bonds $995 million in state funds for water projects Approveda
LBM Proposition 205 Bonds $700 million to provide funds for local juvenile and adult correctional facilities Defeatedd
LBM Proposition 206 Bonds $400 million to provide farm and home aid for California veterans Approveda
CISS Proposition 207 Judiciary Prohibit restrictions on the right to negotiate amount of attorneys' fees Defeatedd
CISS Proposition 208 Elections Limits on a contributor's campaign contributions Approveda
CICA Proposition 209 Affirmative action Ban discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in public employment/contracting Approveda
CISS Proposition 210 Minimum wage Minimum wage increase to $5.00 per hour on March 1, 1997, and to $5.75 per hour on March 1, 1998 Approveda
CISS Proposition 211 Judiciary Prohibits restrictions on attorney-client fee arrangements Defeatedd
CISS Proposition 212 Elections Repeals existing law limiting gifts and prohibiting honoraria received by public officials Defeatedd
CISS Proposition 213 Judiciary Convicted felons can't recover damages if their injuries were sustained in committing/fleeing their crime Approveda
CISS Proposition 214 Healthcare Restrictions on certain healthcare industry informational practices Defeatedd
CISS Proposition 215 Marijuana Exempts patients and primary caregivers from criminal liability for possessing and growing marijuana Approveda
CISS Proposition 216 Healthcare Healthcare, comsumer protection and taxes on corporate re-structuring. Defeatedd
CISS Proposition 217 Taxes Reinstate 10% and 11% tax rates on taxable incomes over $115,000 and $230,000 Defeatedd
CICA Proposition 218 Taxes Limits authority of local governments to impose taxes and property-related assessments Approveda

Colorado

See also: Colorado 1996 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
CICA Initiative 11 Taxes Eliminates certain property tax exemptions Defeatedd
CICA Initiative 12 Term Limits Instructs Colorado representatives to vote for term limits for U.S. congressional members Approveda
CICA Initiative 13 Direct Democracy Changes initiative and referendum rights and procedures Defeatedd
CICA Initiative 14 Animals Prohibits certain methods of trapping or killing animals Approveda
CISS Initiative 15 Elections Creates new laws regarding campaign finance Approveda
CICA Initiative 16 Property Establishes constitutional law regarding management of state public land trusts Approveda
CICA Initiative 17 Marriage & Family Creates parental rights to direct and control the upbringing, education, values, and discipline of their children Defeatedd
CICA Initiative 18 Gambling Permits limited gaming in the national historic district of the city of Trinidad Defeatedd
LRCA Referendum A Supermajority Changes requirement to pass constitutional amendments from simple voter majority to 60 percent supermajority Defeatedd
LRCA Referendum B Elections Increases the time period for mailing out ballot information to registered voters Approveda
LRCA Referendum C Law Enforcement Authorizes the general assembly to establish qualifications for the office of county sheriff Approveda
LRCA Referendum D Welfare Excludes funds for unemployment compensation from state fiscal limitations Defeatedd

Connecticut

See also: Connecticut 1996 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Victims' Rights Law enforcement Provides certain rights for victims of crime Approveda

Florida

See also: Florida 1996 ballot measures

November 5
Type Title Subject Description Result
CICA Amendment 1 Taxes Requires two-thirds of voters to approve tax increase amendments Approveda
LRCA Amendment 2 Admin of Gov't Relates to timing and authority of the Florida Constitution Revision Commission Approveda
LRCA Amendment 3 Judiciary Allows Judicial Nominating Commission to recommend six names for vacancies and expands authority of Judicial Qualifications Commission Approveda
CICA Amendment 4 Environment Requires a 1 cent per pound levy on Everglades Sugar to support conservation Defeatedd
CICA Amendment 5 Water States that Everglades polluters are primarily responsible for paying pollution reduction costs Approveda
CICA Amendment 6 Environment Establishes a trust fund to conserve and protect the Everglades Approveda

Georgia

See also: Georgia 1996 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
LR Amendment 1 Property Taxes Authorize repeal of personal property tax without referendum Approveda
LR Amendment 2 Education Taxes Authorize school districts to impose a one percent sales tax Approveda
LR Amendment 3 Legislature Legislature to create enterprise zones Approveda
LR Amendment 4 Agriculture Agricultural processing industries may impose a fee on members of industry for promotional purposes Defeatedd
LR Amendment 5 Property Wwners of island property within a constitutional industrial area may remove the property from the industrial area Approveda
LR Referendum A Taxes Exemption from ad valorem taxes on vans owned by religious groups Approveda
LR Referendum B Taxes Exempt property owned by historical fraternal associations from ad valorem taxes Approveda

Hawaii

See also: Hawaii 1996 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
LR Amendment 1 Hurricane Loans Authorizes the use of revenue bonds to finance a loan program for hurricane Approveda
LR Amendment 2 Education Taxes Appropriation of funds for more than three years for public school facilities Approveda
LR Amendment 3 Legislature Ends the exception to lapsing of unencumbered general obligation bond funds Defeatedd
LR Constitutional Convention Hawaii Constitution Whether or not to hold a Constitutional Convention Defeatedd

Idaho

See also: Idaho 1996 ballot measures

November 5
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA SJR 111 Healthcare Expands options available for public hospital financing Approveda
CISS INIT 1 Taxes Limits property taxes to one percent of value Defeatedd
CISS INIT 2 Hunting & Fishing Prohibits the use of dogs or bait while bear hunting Defeatedd
CISS INIT 3 Nuclear Requires approval of agreements for the receipt of additional radioactive waste Defeatedd
CISS INIT 4 Term Limits Instructs candidates for state legislature and US Congress to support term limits Approveda

Indiana

See also: Indiana 1996 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Public Question 1 Criminal Justice Deals with victims' rights Approveda
LRCA Public Question 2 Retirement Allows state retirement funds to be invested in stocks and other securities Approveda
LRCA Public Question 3 Gambling Questions whether horse race meeting be allowed in Marion County Approveda

Iowa

See also: Iowa 1996 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Measure 1 Hunting Revenue from hunting, fishing and trapping license fees may be spent only for hunting/fishing programs Approveda

Kentucky

See also: Kentucky 1996 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Amendment 1 Taxes Eliminate language allowing poll taxes and language requiring separate schools for "white" and "colored" children Approveda

Louisiana

See also: Louisiana 1996 ballot measures

September 21
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Act 98 Business Regulation Provides Local Option on Gaming Approveda
LRCA Act 47 Taxes Property Exemption from Ad Valorem Tax Approveda

November 5

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Amendment 1 Admin of gov't Prohibits state and local officials from participating in public retirement systems Approveda
LRCA Amendment 2 Housing Allows donation of abandoned housing by local governments to nonprofit organizations Approveda
LRCA Amendment 3 Taxes Exempt some goods, tangible personal property and services from sales or use taxes Approveda

Maine

See also: Maine 1996 ballot measures

June 11
Type Title Subject Description Result
BI Question 1 Bonds Issues $4,905,316 in bonds to create a statewide library information system Approveda

November 5

Type Title Subject Description Result
IndISS Question 1 Term Limits Seeks to impose term limits on the U.S. Congress through five provisions Approveda
IndISS Question 2: Option 2A Forests & Parks Bans clearcutting and other new logging standards (initiated measure) Defeatedd
Question 2: Option 2B Forests & Parks Promotes sustainable forest management by making Compact for Maine's Forests law (competing measure) Approveda
Question 2: Option 2C Forests & Parks Rejects both options 2A and 2B Defeatedd
IndISS Question 3 Elections Enacts system for public financing of gubernatorial and state legislative campaigns Approveda
BI Question 4 Forests & Parks Issues $3 million in bonds for improvements to the state park and historic site facilities Approveda
BI Question 5 Environment Issues $16.5 million to clean up hazardous substance discharges, tire stockpiles and solid waste landfills Approveda
BI Question 6 Development Issues $11 million in bonds for the Small Enterprise Growth Fund and the Agricultural Marketing Load Fund Approveda
BI Question 7 Water Issues $10 million for water pollution management facilities and protection of drinking water resources Approveda
LRCA Question 8 Direct Democracy Increases from two to five the number of working days that local officials have to certify signatures on initiatives Approveda

Maryland

See also: Maryland 1996 ballot measures

November 5
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Question 1 Judiciary Alters membership, terms and requirements for the Commission on Judicial Disabilities Approveda
LRCA Question 2 Admin of gov't Prohibits executive branch appointments by lame duck governor Approveda
LRCA Question 3 Elections Allows dual office holding by police, fire and rescue workers Approveda
LRCA Question 4 Elections Authorizes charter counties to hold special elections to fill vacancies on their county councils Approveda
LRCA Question 5 Elections Permits new methods of election of city council members in Harford county. Approveda
LRCA Question 6 Eminent domain Allows Harford county to take certain property for rights-of-way. Defeatedd

Massachusetts

See also: Massachusetts 1996 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
CISS Question 1 Hunting Prohibits use of leghold traps and snares. Prohibits use of dogs and bait in hunting bear or bobcats Approveda

Michigan

See also: Michigan 1996 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
VR Proposal A Gambling Amend the Bingo Act Defeatedd
LRCA Proposal B Judiciary Attorneys must be admitted to the practice of law for at least five years before becoming a judge Approveda
LRCA Proposal C Veterans Establish within the Constitution the Michigan Veterans Trust Fund and Trust Fund Board of Trustees Approveda
CISS Proposal D Hunting Enact a statute prohibiting the use of bait or dogs to chase or hunt bears in Michigan Defeatedd
CISS Proposal E Gambling Enact a new law to allow up to three casinos in the City of Detroit Approveda
LRSS Proposal G Hunting Natural Resources Commission granted exclusive authority to regulate the taking of game Approveda

Minnesota

See also: Minnesota 1996 ballot measures

November 5
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Amendment 1 Recall Provides for recall of elected state officials Approveda
LRCA Amendment 2 Veterans Authorizes bonuses for veterans of the Persian Gulf War Approveda

Missouri

See also: Missouri 1996 ballot measures

April 2
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Amendment 4 Taxes Requires voter approval for all tax or fee increases that exceed $50 million per year Approveda

August 6

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Amendment 2 Bonds Allows school districts to increase bond limit up to 15% of district property value with voter approval Defeatedd

November 5

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Amendment 3 Gov't finances Transfers $5 million annually from general revenue fund to facilities maintenance reserve fund Approveda
LRCA Amendment 5 Admin of gov't Establishes a state department of aging in the executive branch Defeatedd
LRCA Amendment 6 Bonds Allows municipalities to issue bonds to build revenue-producing sewer treatment plants Defeatedd
LRCA Amendment 7 Gov't finances Creates a "rainy day" fund in the state treasury Defeatedd
CICA Amendment 8 Taxes Extends a sales and use tax for soil and water conservation on state parks and historic sites Approveda
CICA Amendment 9 Term limits Discloses whether candidates for Congress support Congressional term limits Approveda
CISS Proposition A Min wage Increases minimum wage to $6.75 and continues 15 cent increases each year Defeatedd

Montana

See also: Montana 1996 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA C-30 Education Combine several stage agencies into the Department of Education Defeatedd
LRCA C-31 Labor State workers' compensation insurance funds can be invested in private corporate capital stock Defeatedd
LRCA C-32 State Legislature Require that the Legislature meet only once every two years Defeatedd
CISS I-121 Minimum Wage Increases the minimum wage, from $4.25 to $6.25 by the year 2000 Defeatedd
CISS I-122 Environmental Protection Increases requirements for treatment of water discharged from mines Defeatedd
CISS I-123 Judiciary Allows lawsuits for civil damages for unlawful threats or intimidation. Prohibits filing of false liens against property Approveda
CISS I-125 Elections Prohibits contributions from corporations to ballot question committees Approveda
CISS I-132 Term Limits Congressional term limits Defeatedd

Nebraska

See also: Nebraska 1996 ballot measures

May 14
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Amendment 1 Law enforcement Enforcement of mediation, binding arbitration agreements and other forms of dispute resolution Approveda
LRCA Amendment 2 State Legislature Readings of legislative bills for final passage Approveda
LRCA Amendment 3 Law enforcement Rights of crime victims Approveda
LRCA Amendment 4 Admin of gov't Tax Equalization and Review Commission Approveda

November 5

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Amendment 1 Gambling Allow legislature to authorize off-track betting on horse racing Defeatedd
LRCA Amendment 2 Government Consolidation Allow consolidation of counties or local government with voter approval Approveda
LRCA Amendment 3 State Legislature Allow state legislators to participate in state employee benefit plans Defeatedd
CICA Measure 409 Term Limits Term limits for U.S. Representatives and Senators Approveda
CICA Measure 410 Initiatives Number of signatures needed to qualify initiatives for ballot Defeatedd
CICA Measure 411 Education "Quality education" a fundamental constitutional right of each person Defeatedd
CICA Measure 412 Taxes Property tax levy limits for governmental subdivisions Defeatedd

Nevada

See also: Nevada 1996 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Question 1 Labor Restrictions on the use of money paid to fund and administer the public employees' retirement system Approveda
LRCA Question 2 Law enforcement Provide by law for certain victims' rights Approveda
LRCA Question 3 Initiatives Revise the method of determining the number of signatures required on recall petitions Approveda
LRCA Question 4 Constitutional language Remove a disclaimer of the State's interest in the unappropriated public lands Approveda
LRCA Question 5 Admin of Gov't Authorize the legislative review of regulations of state agencies Approveda
LRCA Question 6 State Budget Exemptions from the state's debt limit also applies to money borrowed to retrofit state buildings Defeatedd
LRCA Question 7 Admin of Gov't State money may be invested in a company, association, or corporation to stimulate economic development Defeatedd
CICA Question 9A Term Limits Establish term limits for state and local elected officials Approveda
CICA Question 9B Term Limits Term limits for Nevada justices and judges Defeatedd
CICA Question 10 Campaign Finance Establish, limit and define campaign contributions Approveda
CICA Question 11 Taxes Require supermajority vote to increase taxes Approveda
BI Question 12 Bond issues $20 million in bonds for erosion control and restoration of natural watercourses in Lake Tahoe Basin Approveda
LRSS Question 13 Taxes Exemption from sales tax for medical equipment Approveda
LRSS Question 14 Taxes Sales and Use Tax Exemption for Items Sold by Nonprofit Organizations Approveda
LRSS Question 15 Taxes Expansion of Sales and Use Tax Exemption for Aircraft Purchased or Used by Carriers Based in Nevada Defeatedd
LRSS Question 16 Taxes Tax increase bills in state legislature must be considered and approved twice Approveda
CICA Question 17 Term limits Establish term limits for U.S. Representatives and U.S. Senators from Nevada Approveda

New Jersey

See also: New Jersey 1996 ballot measures

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Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Question 1 Bond issues Port of New Jersey Revitalization, Dredging, Environmental Clean-Up, Lake Restoration and Delaware Bay Area Economic Development Bond Act of 1996 Approveda
LRCA Question 2 Taxes Dedication of 4% of corporation tax revenue for hazardous discharge clean-ups, underground storage tank upgrades and clean-ups and the preservation of water quality Approveda

New Mexico

See also: New Mexico 1996 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Amendment 1 State budget Limits distribution of state permanent funds and allows diversification of investments Approveda
LRCA Amendment 2 Elections Permits school districts to incur debt without an election Approveda
LRCA Amendment 3 Elections Provides for the recall of elected county officials Approveda
LRCA Amendment 4 Elections Changes constitutional amendment process to allow independent commission to submit amendments Approveda
LRCA Amendment 5 State legislature Raises per diem and mileage rates for legislators to standard IRS rates Approveda
LRCA Amendment 6 Admin of gov't Abolishes the state corporation commission and creates one regulatory agency for public services Approveda
LRCA Amendment 7 Natural resources Counties authorized to borrow money to buy property for open spaces Approveda

New York

See also: New York 1996 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRSS Proposal 1 Bond issues Authorized a bond for environment and natural resource issues Approveda

North Carolina

See also: North Carolina 1996 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Initiative 1 Judiciary Probation, restitution, community service and work programs may be imposed upon criminal conviction Approveda
LRCA Initiative 2 Law enforcement Victims' rights Approveda
LRCA Initiative 3 Admin of gov't Grants the governor veto power Approveda
LRCA Bond Issue 1 Bonds Bond issue ($1.8 billion) for capital improvements to public schools Approveda
LRCA Bond Issue 2 Bonds Bond issue ($950 million) for roads and highways Approveda

North Dakota

See also: North Dakota 1996 ballot measures

June 11
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Measure 1 State Exec Relates to the duties of the lieutenant governor Defeatedd
LRCA Measure 2 Resources Regards exchanges of state land and mineral rights Defeatedd
LRCA Measure 3 Constitutions Incorporates reference provisions of the Enabling Act of 1889 Approveda
LRCA Measure 4 State Exec Repeals and replaces executive article of the North Dakota Constitution Approveda
CICA Measure 5 Gambling Relates to lotteries conducted in public places Defeatedd
CICA Measure 6 Environment Bans private hazardous waste disposal facilities; Created insurance requirements for other waste disposal facilities Approveda
CISS Measure 7 Labor Changes workers' compensation laws including attorney fees, rehabilitation and payment of claims Defeatedd
CICA Measure 8 Veterans Relates to a veterans' home and funding for that home Defeatedd
LRSS Measure 9 Labor Establishes minimum impairments in workers compensation laws Approveda

November 5

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Measure 1 Admin of Gov't Reduces terms of members of the State Board of Higher Education; changes other membership requirements Approveda
LRCA Measure 2 Trials Places limitations on bringing lawsuits against the state Defeatedd
LRCA Measure 3 Term Limits Increase terms of state representatives from two to four years Approveda
LRCA Measure 4 Gov't Finances Makes veterans' post war trust fund a permanent trust fund Approveda
CICA Measure 5 Term Limits Proposes U.S. Congress term limit changes; changes state term limits Defeatedd
CICA Measure 6 ConCon Calls for national Constitutional Convention to change congressional term limits Defeatedd

Ohio

See also: Ohio 1996 ballot measures

November 5
Type Title Subject Description Result
CICA Issue 1 Gambling Authorizes the establishment of riverboat casino gambling Defeatedd

Oklahoma

See also: Oklahoma 1996 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
CICA State Question 669 Tax & Revenue Property tax limitation Defeatedd
LRCA State Question 670 Judicial reform Change system for calling grand juries via petition Approveda
LRCA State Question 671 Education School districts can't make contracts with superintendents that exceed three years Approveda
LRCA State Question 674 Judicial reform Rights for victims Approveda
LR State Question 675 Tax & Revenue Property Tax - Limits percentage of fair cash value for assessment. Approveda
LR State Question 676 Tax & Revenue Property Tax - Limits the fair cash value of real property. Approveda
LR State Question 677 Tax & Revenue Property Tax - Limits fair cash value on a homestead. Approveda

Oregon

See also: Oregon 1996 ballot measures

May 21
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Measure 23 Trials Increases the necessary minimum value in a controversy for the conflict to obtain a jury trial Approveda
LRCA Measure 24 Direct Democracy Changes the signature requirements for the initiative process Defeatedd
LRCA Measure 25 Legislature Requires a three-fifths majority in the legislature to pass revenue-raising bills Approveda

November 5

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Measure 26 Law Enforcement Inserts language stating that laws for the punishment of crime must be based on three principles Approveda
LRCA Measure 27 Admin of Gov't Empowers the legislature to change and create state agency rules Defeatedd
LRCA Measure 28 Veterans Repeals requirements of pre-service or five-year residency for veterans to receive veterans’ loans Defeatedd
LRCA Measure 29 State Exec Required the governor’s appointees to vacate office after ninety days past a given appointee’s term Defeatedd
LRCA Measure 30 Gov't Finance Requires the state government to pay local governments for costs of state-mandated programs Approveda
LRCA Measure 31 Obscenity Limits free speech protections for “obscenity, including child pornography” to the standards enforced the United States Constitution Defeatedd
VR Measure 32 Bonds Authorizes lottery bonds for a regional light rail in the Portland area and other transportation projects Defeatedd
CICA Measure 33 Legislature Bars the legislature from changing or repealing statutes enacted or approved by voters for five years and only by a three-fifths vote Defeatedd
CISS Measure 34 Hunt & Fish Allows hunters to utilize bait and dogs when hunting for bears or cougars Defeatedd
CISS Measure 35 Health Care Restricts bases on health care providers to worked performed, wages, salary or benefits, bonuses or expense reimbursement Defeatedd
CISS Measure 36 Min Wage Increases the statewide minimum wage to $6.50 per hour Approveda
CISS Measure 37 Environment Requires consumers and dealers to pay deposits on additional beverage cans and gives them the ability to receive refunds for recycling them Defeatedd
CISS Measure 38 Food & Agri Prohibits livestock in or along certain polluted waters Defeatedd
CICA Measure 39 Health Care Forbids government, public and private entities from discriminating among categories of health care providers Defeatedd
CICA Measure 40 Law Enforcement Adds crime victims’ rights to the state constitution and expands evidence admissible in criminal trials Approveda
CICA Measure 41 Labor Mandates that public employees’ earnings be expressed as costs borne by the employer for the employee’s benefit Defeatedd
CICA Measure 42 Education Requires the testing of public school students between 4th and 12th grade and the publication of a report on testing results Defeatedd
CISS Measure 43 Labor Reinstates collective bargaining for public safety employees Defeatedd
CISS Measure 44 Taxes Increases the cigarette and tobacco taxes and allocates revenues Approveda
CICA Measure 45 Labor Raises public employees’ retirement age, with exceptions, bars medical benefits for non-disabled retirees and limits medical benefits Defeatedd
CICA Measure 46 Elections Requires those registered as voters but not voting as “no” votes to determine the outcome on tax and revenue measures Defeatedd
CICA Measure 47 Taxes Reduces property taxes, limits future property tax increases and limits local revenues and replacement fees Approveda
CICA Measure 48 Term Limits Instructs state legislators and members of the state’s congressional delegation to vote for congressional term limits to the federal constitution Defeatedd

Rhode Island

See also: Rhode Island 1996 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
LBM Question 1 Bonds $80.18 million in bonds for transportation projects Approveda
LBM Question 2 Bonds $40.6 million in bonds for telecommunications systems at public colleges Approveda
LBM Question 3 Bonds $33.8 million in bonds for higher education Approveda
LBM Question 4 Bonds $72 million in bonds for Quonset Point/Davisville development Approveda
LBM Question 5 Bonds $4 million in bonds for land acquisition for conservation purposes Approveda
LBM Question 6 Bonds $5 million in bonds for environmental remediation Defeatedd
LBM Question 7 Bonds Bonds for renovation of state owned facilities for accessibility for the disabled Defeatedd
AQ Question 8 Direct democracy Advisory referendum to provide the direct initiative process for statutes. Approveda

South Carolina

See also: South Carolina 1996 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Referendum 1A Judiciary Victims' rights Approveda
LRCA Referendum 1B Judiciary Allows denial of bail to persons charged with violent crimes Approveda
LRCA Referendum 2A Admin of gov't Prohibits convicted felons, or those who have pled guilty or no contest, from serving in the state legislature Approveda
LRCA Referendum 2B Elections Sames as 2A except that it applies to any elected office. Approveda
LRCA Referendum 2C Elections Person who will be 18 by the time of the general election may register and vote in any election during that year Approveda
LRCA Referendum 3 Elections Deletes requirement that voters who move must vote in the precinct where they formerly lived Approveda
LRCA Referendum 4A Judiciary Change in age and experience qualifications for judges Approveda
LRCA Referendum 4B Judiciary Merit selection commission to nominate candidates for judicial positions Approveda
LRCA Referendum 5 Admin of gov't Five-member state retirement systems investment panel Approveda

South Dakota

See also: South Dakota 1996 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Amendment A Education Investment of permanent education funds. Approveda
LRCA Amendment B Taxes Supermajority vote required in state legislature to impose or increase taxes. Approveda
CISS Initiated Measure 1 Term limits South Dakota's Congressional delegation obligated to support a congressional term limits amendment Approveda

Utah

See also: Utah 1996 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Proposition 1 Taxes Modify qualifications for property tax exemption on property owned by veterans Approveda
LRCA Proposition 2 Taxes Amend the revenue and taxation article of the Utah Constitution in regard to mining operations; make technical changes Approveda
LRCA Proposition 3 Judiciary Alter provisions on jury size for certain types of court cases Approveda
LRCA Proposition 4 Education Authorize state to guarantee debt of school districts Approveda
LRCA Proposition 5 Education Expand revenue sources to the State School Fund Approveda
LRCA Proposition 6 Education Specify revenues to be used for education Approveda

Virginia

See also: Virginia 1996 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Amendment 1 Labor Makes employees' retirement funds trust funds Approveda
LRCA Amendment 2 Judiciary Victims' Rights Act Approveda
LRCA Amendment 3 Admin of gov't Authorizes legislature to allow state the right of appeal in all cases Approveda
LRCA Amendment 4 Elections Changes to comply with the National Voter Registration Act Approveda
LRCA Amendment 5 Religion Allows religious groups to incorporate Defeatedd

Washington

See also: Washington 1996 ballot measures

November 5
Type Title Subject Description Result
ITP Initiative 655 Hunting Categorizes hunting certain game species with bait or dogs as gross misdemeanors Approveda
ITP Initiative 670 Term limits Instructs the Secretary of State to issue a ballot notice concerning candidates who oppose congressional term limits Defeatedd
ITP Initiative 671 Gambling Legalizes limited electronic gambling on tribal lands in the state Defeatedd
ITL Initiative 173 Education Allows for the issuing of scholarship vouchers for students to attend voucher-redeeming private and public schools Defeatedd
ITL Initiative 177 Education Allows for "renewed" school districts with publicly-funded non-profit organizations operating "independent" public schools with parental choice and state regulation Defeatedd

West Virginia

See also: West Virginia 1996 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Amendment 1 Hunting Requirement that hunting and fishing license revenues be used for wildlife management Approveda
LRCA Amendment 2 Environment Requirement that a portion of license plate registration revenues be used for non-game wildlife resources Approveda
LRCA Amendment 3 Bonds $550 million bond issue for roads Approveda

Wisconsin

See also: Wisconsin 1996 ballot measures

November 5
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Amendment 1 Elections Prevents persons convicted of felonies or certain misdemeanors from holding public office Approveda

Wyoming

See also: Wyoming 1996 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
VR Term limits referendum Term limits Overturn Senate Enrolled Act 4 Defeatedd
CISS Term Limits Disclosure Term limits Candidates indicate on ballot whether they support term limits Defeatedd
LRCA Amendment A‎ Redistricting Legislative district apportionment Defeatedd
LRCA Amendment B Elections Eliminate most exclusions from the election franchise based on mental status Approveda
LRCA Amendment C Admin of gov't Allow state funds to be invested in corporate stocks under some conditions Approveda
LRCA Amendment D Judicial reform Change name of the judicial supervisory commission and strengthen its authority Approveda

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