Michigan 2014 ballot measures
Three statewide ballot measures are certified for 2014 ballots in Michigan, with one legislatively-referred state statute on the August 5, 2014 primary ballot and two veto referendums on the November 4, 2014 general election ballot.
Fifteen potential measures - fourteen legislative referrals and one citizen initiative - may appear on the ballot. The 2014 legislative session began on January 8, 2014 and is projected to end on December 31, 2014. To place legislative referrals on the ballot, a minimum two-thirds vote is required in both the House and the Senate.
Supporters of potential initiatives had until May 28, 2014, for initiatives and July 7, 2014, for constitutional amendments to collect the number of signatures mandated by law to land the measures on the ballot. The required number for amendments was 322,609, while that of statutes was 258,087. Veto referendums carried a signature requirement of at least 161,304. Submitted petitions are currently pending verification.
- Since 1992, an average of four measures have appeared annually on the ballot in Michigan. Therefore, 2014 is a below-average year based on the number of certified measures.
- The number of measures on statewide ballots since 1992 has ranged from one to six.
- Since 1992, 21 of 44, or 48 percent, of Michigan ballot measures have been approved by voters.
- Conversely, 23 of 44, or 52 percent, of measures have been defeated.
- On the 2012 Michigan ballot, not one of the ballot measures was approved by a majority.
On the ballot
- See also: 2014 ballot measures
|LRSS||Proposal 1||Taxes||Eliminates the personal property tax and allocates a portion of the state use tax to municipalities|
|VR||Wolf Hunting Referendum||Hunting||Overturns a law allowing the state to establish wolf hunting seasons in the Upper Peninsula|
|VR||Natural Resources Commission Referendum||Hunting||Overturns law allowing the Natural Resources Commission to directly designate game species|
|IndISS||Natural Resource Commission Initiative||Hunting||Empowers Natural Resources Commission to be sole designator of games species|
|Gender Neutral Constitutional Language Amendment||Constitutional Language||Alters the state constitution’s language to be gender neutral|
|Same-Sex Marriage Amendment||Marriage||Defines marriage as between two people, thus legalizing same-sex marriages|
|Right to Hunt and Fish Amendment||Hunt & Fish||Provides for a constitutional right to hunt, trap, fish and harvest game species|
|For-Profit Public Schools Ban Amendment||Education||Prohibits public schools from being operated on a for-profit basis or by a for-profit entity|
|Right to Collective Bargaining Amendment||Labor||Provides for a constitutional right to unionize and collectively bargain|
|Part-Time Legislature Amendment||Legislature||Designates the state legislature as part-time|
|Transportation Funding Amendment||Taxes||Raises sales tax and eliminates state fuel taxes|
|Per Pupil Funding for Schools Amendment||Education||Requires that all school districts receive the same amount of state and local per pupil revenue for operating purposes|
|School Aid Fund for Special Education and Kindergarten Amendment||Education||Allocates the state school aid fund for general and special education and prekindergarten in lieu of higher education and employee retirement systems|
|School Aid Fund for School Districts Amendment||Education||Allocates the state school aid fund to school districts in lieu of higher education and employee retirement systems|
|Tax Revenue Cut Sunset Provision Amendment||Taxes||Requires a four-year sunset provision for all new tax exemptions and credits that reduce tax revenue|
|Natural Resources Trust Fund Allocation Amendment||Gov't Finance||Modifies the allowable expenditure amount from the state's natural resources trust fund|
|Independent Redistricting Commission Amendment||Redistricting||Creates an independent redistricting commission to apportion legislative and congressional districts|
|Citizens Redistricting Commission Amendment||Redistricting||Creates a citizens redistricting commission to apportion legislative and congressional districts|
Not on the ballot
|LRSS||Public Act 408||Taxes||Dedicates a portion of use tax revenue to benefit metropolitan areas throughout the state|
|IndISS||Ban on Insurance Coverage of Abortion Initiative||Abortion||Prohibits insurance plans in state health care exchange from covering abortions|
|IndISS||Fracking Ban Initiative||Fracking||Prohibits the use of horizontal hydraulic fracturing in Michigan|
|IndISS||"Stand Your Ground" Referendum||Firearms||Repeals Act 309 of 2006, also known as "Stand Your Ground" or the "Self-Defense Act," which provided for use of deadly force by citizens in certain circumstances|
|"Right-to-Work" Ban Amendment||Labor and unions||Bans and overturns any "Right-to-Work" legislation|
|Part-Time Legislature Initiative||State legislatures||Designates the state legislature as part-time|
|"Fair Use of Ballot Referendum" Amendment||Direct democracy||Allows for the repeal by referendum of laws containing appropriations|
|Local Initiative and Referendum Initiative||Direct democracy||Provides for a local initiative and referendum process and eliminates laws governing certain aspects of the petition circulation process|
|IndISS||Minimum Wage Initiative||Minimum wage||Increases the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour over three years|
- Michigan Statewide Ballot Proposal Statuses
- Instructions for 2014 Initiative and Referendum Petitions
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