1997 ballot measures

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Forty-four statewide ballot measures were on the ballot in 1997 in eight states.


See also: Colorado 1997 ballot measures

November 4
Type Title Subject Description Result
CISS Initiative 1 Taxes Increases Transportation Department funding through taxes and fees Defeatedd


See also: Maine 1997 ballot measures

November 4
Type Title Subject Description Result
ABR Question 1 Forests & Parks Makes the Compact for Maine's Forests into law Defeatedd
BI Question 2 Water Issues $7 million in bonds, matching $15 million in federal bonds, for water pollution control facilities Approveda
BI Question 3 Bonds Issues $10 million in bonds for the Adaptive Equipment Loan Program Fund Approveda
BI Question 4 Transportation Issues $56.85 million in bonds for transportation improvements Approveda
LRCA Question 5 Suffrage Repeals provision that prevents persons under guardianship because of mental illnesses from voting Defeatedd
LRSS Question 6 Transportation Expands southern end of Maine Turnpike Approveda

New Jersey

See also: New Jersey 1997 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
BI Public Question 1 Bonds $20 million in bonds for the demolition and disposal of unsafe buildings Approveda
LRSS Public Question 2 Water Stormwater management and sewer overflow abatement Approveda
LRSS Public Question 3 Water Changes to the Water Supply Bond Act of 1981 Approveda

New York

See also: New York 1997 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
ABR Question 1 Constitution Shall New York hold a constitutional convention? Defeatedd
LRCA Proposal 1 Judicial reform Increase monetary jurisdiction of New York City Civil Court and district court to $50,000 Defeatedd
LRCA Proposal 2 Admin of gov't Rules for eligibility for civil service exam credits for veterans Approveda
LRSS Proposal 3 Bonds $2.4 billion for public schools Defeatedd


See also: Ohio 1997 ballot measures

November 4
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Issue 1 Law enforcement Allows a court to deny bail in certain circumstances when a person is charged with a felony offense Approveda
VR Issue 2 Labor Amends worker's compensation laws Defeatedd


See also: Oregon 1997 ballot measures

May 20
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Measure 49 Labor Restricts prison inmates from initiating lawsuits about work assignments an allowed interstate shipment of prison made products Approveda
LRCA Measure 50 Taxes Limits property taxes through restrictions on assessed valuation of property and property tax rates Approveda

November 4

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRSS Measure 51 Assisted Death Repeals a law allowing terminally ill adults to obtain physician’s prescription for lethal drugs Defeatedd
LRSS Measure 52 Bonds Authorizes legislation establishing a state lottery bond program to finance public schools Approveda


See also: Texas 1997 ballot measures

August 9
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Proposition 1 Taxes Provides school property tax relief by increasing the residence homestead exemption Approveda

November 4

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Proposition 1 Judiciary Allows municipal court judges to hold more than one office Defeatedd
LRCA Proposition 2 Taxes Limits increases in residence homesteads for ad valorem taxes Approveda
LRCA Proposition 3 Taxes Exempts property for water conservation initiative from taxes Approveda
LRCA Proposition 4 Con language Eliminates duplicate numbering in Texas constitution Approveda
LRCA Proposition 5 Judiciary Authorizes the Supreme Court to sit anywhere in Texas Approveda
LRCA Proposition 6 Gov't Finances Allows the Texas Growth Fund to continue to invest without disclosure Defeatedd
LRCA Proposition 7 Bonds Allows the Texas Water Development Board to transfer bonds for water supply Approveda
LRCA Proposition 8 Business reg Expands the types of liens placed on homesteads Approveda
LRCA Proposition 9 Texas Authorizes ad valorem tax rate in rural fire prevention districts Approveda
LRCA Proposition 10 Gov't finances Designates purposes for which the compensation to victims of crime fund can be used Approveda
LRCA Proposition 11 Gov't finances Limits the amount of state debt payable from general revenue fund Approveda
LRCA Proposition 12 Judiciary Establishes deadlines for Supreme Court action on motion for rehearing Approveda
LRCA Proposition 13 Gov't finances Establishes the Texas tomorrow fund as a protected trust fund Approveda
LRCA Proposition 14 Admin of gov't Allows the legislature to prescribe qualifications of constables Approveda


See also: Washington 1997 ballot measures

June 17
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRSS Referendum 48 Athletics Authorizes a public stadium authority to build and operate a sports stadium financed by tax revenues and private contributions, specifically the Qwest Field Approveda

November 4

Type Title Subject Description Result
ITP Initiative 673 Health Care Can health insurance plans be regulated as to provision of services by designated health care providers Defeatedd
ITP Initiative 676 Firearms Criminalizes the transfer of handguns not equipped with a trigger-lock and mandates the licensing of firearms Defeatedd
ITP Initiative 677 Civil Rights Prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation in employment, employment agencies and labor organizations Defeatedd
ITP Initiative 678 Health Care Allows dental hygienists who have obtained special licensing to perform without the supervision of a licensed dentist. Defeatedd
ITP Initiative 685 Marijuana Decriminalizes medical marijuana and proscribes treatment, education and community service for non-violent drug users Defeatedd
LRSS Referendum 47 Taxes Allows assessors to adjust property valuation where value increased due to the real estate market Approveda
LRCA HJR 4208 Taxes Permits voter-approved school district tax levies to run for four years Approveda
LRCA HJR 4209 Gov't Finances Permits local governments to make loans for improvements upon stormwater or sewer services Approveda

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