Kentucky Government Reorganization Referendum (1973)

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The Kentucky Government Reorganization Referendum, also known as Amendment 1, was on the November 6, 1973 ballot in Kentucky as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was defeated. The measure would have created the following changes in government administration:[1]

  • Deleted the requirement that the superintendent of public instruction be elected
  • Established a seven member State Board of Education
  • Allowed sheriffs to succeed themselves
  • Abolished the Railroad Commission

Election results

Kentucky Amendment 1 (1973)
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No186,15753.93%
Yes 159,005 46.07%

Election results via: Kentucky State Board of Elections, 1973 Primary and General Election Results

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[2]

Shall sections 91, 93, 95, 183, 99 and 209 of the Constitution be amended so as to (1) abolish the elective office of Superintendent of Public Instruction and provide for the election of a State Board of Education, consisting of seven members whose terms of office shall be four years and whose duties and qualifications shall be prescribed by law. One member shall be elected on a nonpartisan ballot from each of seven districts established by law. The terms of the members shall be staggered as provided by law. Beginning the first Monday in January 1976 the state board shall appoint a superintendent of public instruction to act as executive officer and serve at the pleasure of the board, at such salary and allowances as may be fixed by the board. The board may remove the superintendent for causes prescribed by law; (2) permit sheriffs to succeed themselves or to act as deputies for succeeding terms; (3) abolish the elective offices of railroad commissioner and provide that the General Assembly shall provide, by general law, for the necessary regulation and supervision of railroads operating within the Commonwealth, and, on the expiration of the terms of commissioners elected in November 1971, for the exercise of any authority granted in the Constitution to the railroad commissioner.[3]

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