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Seventy-seven questions are certified for spots on 33 statewide ballots in 2014, as of April 15, 2014. Proposed measures can be found here.

Historically, even-numbered years feature a significant increase in the quantity of ballot measures over odd-numbered years. Though 2012 featured a full 188 questions on the ballot, that is actually lower than the 194 average for even-numbered years since 2000. It remains to be seen whether or not 2014 will continue this downward trend since the 2006 high point of 226. The probability of that happening partly depends on the success of various legislation and proposed constitutional amendments which would make it harder to place measures on the ballot.

Initiatives that have already filed signatures and are pending certification can be found here.

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November 4

By state

Alabama

Alabama 2014 ballot measures

July 15:

Type Title Subject Description
LRCA Cotton Producer Assessment Refund Amendment Business Ends the assessment refund for cotton producers who do not participate in the assessment program

November 4:

Type Title Subject Description
LRCA American and Alabama Laws for Alabama Courts Amendment Judiciary Forbids state's recognition of laws violating its policies
LRCA Board of Education Expenditure Increase Amendment Gov't Finance Requires a two-thirds by a city or county board of education to increase local expenditure by $50,000 or more
LRCA Franklin County Public Services Amendment Utilities Permits the Franklin County Water Coordinating and Fire Prevention Authority to provide sewer services and broadband internet services in the county

Alaska

Alaska 2014 ballot measures

August 19:

Type Title Subject Description
VR Ballot Measure 1 Taxes Repeals bill that grants tax breaks to oil companies
CISS Marijuana Legalization Measure Marijuana Decriminalizes marijuana in the state
CISS Minimum Wage Increase Initiative Minimum wage Increases the minimum wage in 2015 and 2016
CISS Bristol Bay Mining Ban Business regulation Prohibits mining projects if harmful to wild salmon in fisheries reserve


Arizona

Arizona 2014 ballot measures

November 4:

Type Title Subject Description
LRCA SCR 1016 Federal Constitutional Issues Creates mechanism by which use of state personnel and financial resources are employed only for purposes congruent with Constitution

Arkansas

Arkansas 2014 ballot measures

November 4:

Type Title Subject Description
LRCA SJR 7 Admin. of gov't Requires legislative review and approval of changes to state agencies' administrative rules
LRCA HJR 1009 Term Limits Extends length of time state legislators can stay in office to 16 years
LRCA SJR 16 Direct democracy measures Sets threshold of ballot measures signatures required to obtain additional time for collecting signatures once proposal has been submitted to Secretary of State

California

California 2014 ballot propositions

June 3:

Type Title Subject Description
LRSS Proposition 41 Bonds $600 million bond to provide multifamily housing to veterans
LRCA Proposition 42 Gov't accountability Local agencies must comply with the California Public Records Act

November 4:

Type Title Subject Description
LRCA Rainy Day Fund State budget Increase amount of potential savings in the state 'rainy day' fund from 5% to 10% of the General Fund
LBM Water Bond Bonds $11.1 billion bond for California's water system
CISS Insurance Rate Justification Insurance Health Insurance Companies Required to Justify Their Rates to the Public
VR Indian Gaming Compacts Gambling Ratification of gaming compacts with the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians and the Wiyot Tribe

Colorado

Colorado 2014 ballot measures

November 4:

Type Title Subject Description
CICA Definition of Person and Child Amendment Abortion Recognizes unborn children as persons


Connecticut

Connecticut 2014 ballot measures

November 4:

Type Title Subject Description
LRCA Early Voting Amendment Elections Allows the legislature to expand early voting

Florida

Florida 2014 ballot measures

November 4:

Type Title Subject Description
CICA Water and Land Conservation Amendment Environment Provides funding for the Land Acquisition Trust Fund
CICA Right to Medical Marijuana Initiative Marijuana Grants the right to use marijuana for the treatment of certain ailments when recommended by a physician

Georgia

Georgia 2014 ballot measures

May 20:

Type Title Subject Description
AQs Democratic Primary Advisory Questions Elections Gauges how Democratic Party constituents view four statewide political issues

November 4:

Type Title Subject Description
LRCA Income Tax Rate Cap Amendment Taxes Prohibits the state from increasing the maximum state income tax rate above that in effect on January 1, 2015

Hawaii

Hawaii 2014 ballot measures

November 4:

Type Title Subject Description
LRCA SB 1084 Education Amend Hawaii Constitution to permit the appropriation of public funds for private early childhood education programs.
LRCA SB 886 Judiciary Amend Hawaii Constitution to impose a mandatory retirement age of state judges and justices

Idaho

Idaho 2014 ballot measures

November 4:

Type Title Subject Description
LRCA Legislative Delegation of Rulemaking Amendment Legislature Empowers the legislature to delegate rulemaking authorities to executive agencies and to approve or reject the administrative rules devised by those agencies

Illinois

Illinois 2014 ballot measures

November 4:

Type Title Subject Description
LRCA Right to Vote Amendment Suffrage Provides that no person shall be denied the right to register to vote or to cast a ballot in an election
LRCA Crime Victims' Bill of Rights Trials Modifies the Crime Victims' Bill of Rights by strengthening the rights of crime victims during criminal court proceedings

Louisiana

Louisiana 2014 ballot measures

November 4:

Type Title Subject Description
LRCA Redemption of Blighted Property Amendment Property Provides redemption period for certain property sold at tax sale
LRCA Hospital Stabilization Fund Amendment Healthcare Provides hospital stabilization formula and assessment, creates Hospital Stabilization Fund
LRCA Medical Assistance Trust Fund Amendment Healthcare Creates Medical Assistance Trust Fund, addresses fees and use of fund
LRCA Artificial Reef Development Fund Protection Amendment Budgets Protects Artificial Reef Development Fund from being used for other purposes
LRCA Tax Rebate Debate Amendment Taxes Limits when tax rebates can be altered by the legislature
LRCA Permanently Disabled Homeowners Tax Break Amendment Taxes Deletes requirement that permanently disabled homeowners certify their income annually to keep property tax rate
LRCA Disabled Veterans Homestead Exemption Correction Amendment Constitutional language Makes corrections to language of state's current homestead exemption for disabled veterans
LRCA Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Membership Amendment Admin. of gov't Adds members to the state's Wildlife and Fisheries Commission

Maine

Maine 2014 ballot measures

November 4:

Type Title Subject Description
CISS Bear Hunting Ban Hunting Puts restrictions on certain bear hunting practices

Michigan

Michigan 2014 ballot measures

August 5:

Type Title Subject Description
LRSS Public Act 408 Taxes Dedicates a portion of use tax revenue to benefit metropolitan areas throughout the state
LRSS Public Act 80 Taxes Reduces the state use tax and, in lieu, creates a community stabilization share for local governmental purposes

November 4:

Type Title Subject Description
VR Wolf Hunting Referendum Hunting Overturns a law allowing the state to establish wolf hunting seasons in the Upper Peninsula

Mississippi

Mississippi 2014 ballot measures

November 4:

Type Title Subject Description
LRCA Right to Hunt and Fish Amendment Hunt & Fish Establishes the right to hunt, fish and harvest game animals

Missouri

Missouri 2014 ballot measures

November 4:

Type Title Subject Description
LRCA Amendment 1 Agriculture Guarantees farmers and ranchers the right to engage in their livelihoods, produce food for others
LRCA Amendment 2 Criminal trials Renders prior criminal acts admissible in court during child sexual abuse trials


Montana

Montana 2014 ballot measures

November 4:

Type Title Subject Description
LRCA State Auditor Renaming Amendment Administration of gov't Renames the position of state auditor to commissioner of securities and insurance
LRSS Late Voter Registration Revision Measure Suffrage Closes late voter registration the Friday before election day

Nebraska

Nebraska 2014 ballot measures

November 4:

Type Title Subject Description
LRCA Horse Race Wagering Amendment Gambling Permits gambling on horse races at racetracks

Nevada

Nevada 2014 ballot measures

November 4:

Type Title Subject Description
IndISS Margins Tax for Education Taxes Proposes a 2% margins tax on businesses; revenue going to education expenses
LRCA SJR 14 Courts Amends Nevada Constitution to create an intermediate appellate court
LRCA SJR 15 Taxes Amends Nevada Constitution to remove mining tax cap of 5%

New Mexico

New Mexico 2014 ballot measures

November 4:

Type Title Subject Description
LRCA Dates for School Elections Amendment Elections Provides that school elections shall be held on different dates than partisan elections
LRCA Board of Regents Amendment Education Allocates one position on the Northern New Mexico State School Board of Regents to a student representative
LRCA Candidacy Declarations in Judicial Retention Elections Amendment Elections Permits the legislature to set the date for filing candidacy declarations for judicial retention elections
LRCA Urban County Charter Amendment Local Gov't Allows certain counties to become "urban counties" and establish county charters
LRCA Land Grant Fund Investments Gov't Finances Requires the State Investment Council to invest and manage the land grant fund in accordance with the Uniform Prudent Investor Act

New York

New York 2014 ballot measures

November 4:

Type Title Subject Description
LRCA Independent Redistricting Amendment Redistricting Creates an independent panel to draw district lines every ten years
LRCA Electronic Bills Amendment State legislatures Allows for electronic versions of bills rather than requiring paper copies

North Carolina

North Carolina 2014 ballot measures

November 4:

Type Title Subject Description
LRCA Criminal Defendant May Waive Jury Trial Amendment Criminal trials Amends North Carolina Constitution to allow criminal defendants to waive jury trial

North Dakota

North Dakota 2014 ballot measures

June 10:

Type Title Subject Description
LRCA Measure 1 Direct democracy Reduces the filing deadline for initiated petitions from 90 to 120 days before a statewide election

November 4:

Type Title Subject Description
LRCA Measure 1 Abortion Declares in the state constitution that life begins at conception
LRCA Measure 2 Taxes Prevents the state from imposing mortgage or deed taxes on the transfer of property
LRCA Measure 3 Education Abolishes elected State Board of Higher Education and replaces it with appointed Commission of Higher Education
LRCA Measure 4 Direct democracy Requires measures that have significant fiscal impacts on the state to be voted on at a general election

Ohio

Ohio 2014 ballot measures

May 6:

Type Title Subject Description
LRCA Ohio Issue 1 Bond issues Funds public infrastructure projects via issuance of general obligation bonds

Oregon

Oregon 2014 ballot measures

November 4:

Type Title Subject Description
LRCA SJR 1 Education Amends Oregon Constitution to create fund for Oregonians pursuing post-secondary education; authorizes debt to finance
LRCA SJR 34 Judiciary Amends Oregon Constitution so state judges can be hired by the National Guard and public universities
VR Alternative Driver Licenses Referendum Immigration Allows for a popular vote on Senate Bill 833

Rhode Island

Rhode Island 2014 ballot measures

November 4:

Type Title Subject Description
ABR Constitutional Convention Con Cons Dictates whether or not Rhode Island holds a constitutional convention


South Dakota

South Dakota 2014 ballot measures

November 4:

Type Title Subject Description
CISS Increased Minimum Wage Measure Minimum wage Raises the minimum wage from $7.25 to $8.50 and increases it each year based on inflation
CISS Insurance Provider Measure Insurance Allows patients to choose health care provider at no cost

Tennessee

Tennessee 2014 ballot measures

November 4:

Type Title Subject Description
LRCA Legislative Powers Regarding Abortion Amendment Abortion Inserts constitutional language empowering the legislature to enact, amend or repeal statues regarding abortion
LRCA Judicial Selection Amendment State judiciary Empowers the governor to appoint judges subject to confirmation by the general assembly
LRCA Income Tax Amendment Taxes Prohibits the legislature from levying or permitting any tax upon payroll or earned personal income

Texas

Texas 2014 ballot measures

November 4:

Type Title Subject Description
LRCA Transportation Funding Amendment Transportation Diverts oil and gasoline tax revenues from state's "Rainy Day Fund" into transportation funding

Washington

Washington 2014 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description
ITL Initiative 594 Firearms Requires background checks be performed on all gun purchasers
ITL Initiative 591 Firearms Prevents confiscation of firearms without due process and implementation of more extensive background checks than those at the federal level

West Virginia

West Virginia 2014 ballot measures

November 4:

Type Title Subject Description
LRCA Nonprofit Youth Organization Tax Exemption Amendment Taxes Exempts nonprofit youth organization properties from ad valorem property taxation

Wyoming

Wyoming 2014 ballot measures

November 4:

Type Title Subject Description
LRCA Constitutional Amendment A Admin of gov't Allows governor to appoint nonresidents of the state to serve as University of Wyoming trustees

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