Montana 2014 ballot measures
Two statewide ballot measures were certified for the November 4, 2014 ballot in the state of Montana. They were both defeated by voters.
One measure, a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, addressed administration of government, and the other, a legislatively-referred state statute, addressed suffrage. Montana has no regular legislative session, as state law requires only 90 legislative days in two years. In order for lawmakers to put an amendment on the ballot, an affirmative roll call vote of two-thirds of all members of the Montana Legislature is required. Similarly, a simple majority is required in both chambers to place a legislatively-referred state statute on the ballot.
A total of 17 initiatives were filed for potential spots on the 2014 ballot in Montana. However, several of these were repeat filings of nearly identical initiatives. Initiative sponsors sometimes file multiple versions of the same measure in order to increase the likelihood of it landing on the ballot. In order to place an initiated constitutional amendment before voters, supporters needed to collect at least 48,349 valid signatures by the June 20, 2014, filing deadline. Supporters of initiated state statutes needed to collect at least 24,174 valid signatures by the same deadline. No initiatives made the ballot.
- Between 1990 and 2013, an average of five measures have appeared on even-numbered election year ballots in Montana. Therefore, 2014 was a below-average year based on the number of certified measures.
- From 1990 to 2014, the number of measures on a statewide ballot has ranged from two to seven.
- Between 1990 and 2014, 42 of 72, or 58 percent, of Montana ballot measures have been approved by voters.
- Conversely, 30 of 72, or 42 percent, of measures have been defeated.
On the ballot
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|C-45||Admin of Gov't||Renames the position of state auditor to commissioner of securities and insurance|
|LRSS||LR-126||Suffrage||Closes late voter registration the Friday before election day|
Not on the ballot
|LRSS||Primary Election Revision Measure||Elections||Establishes a "top-two" primary election system|
|LRSS||Unborn Child Homicide Measure||Law enforcement||Adds "unborn child" to list of homicide offenses|
|LRSS||State Employee Retirement Bill||Pensions||Places all future state employees on 401(k) retirement plans|
|LRSS||"Sheriffs First" Bill||Law enforcement||Requires that federal agents obtain permission from local sheriffs before making arrests or serving warrants|
|Marijuana Legalization Amendment||Marijuana||Legalizes the use of marijuana in the state|
|Special Elections for US Senator Vacancies Initiative||Elections||Requires special elections to fill vacancies for the office of United States Seantor|
|Right to Natural Consumables Amendment||Food||Establishes a right to natural foods, medicines, waters and soils|
|Gender Quota for Legislature Initiative||Legislature||Requires that the legislature be composed of 50 percent men and 50 percent women|
|Prohibit Warrantless Digital Communication Searches Initiative||Media||Prohibits warrantless searches of digital communications and prohibits general warrants|
|Legislative Power to Amend and Repeal Initiated Laws Initiative||Direct democracy||Prohibits the legislature from amending or repealing laws enacted via initiative, except under certain conditions|
|CISS||Dental Malpractice Protection Initiative||Tort law||Allows for payments as compensation for a certain defective dental procedure|
|CISS||Medicaid Expansion Initiative||Healthcare||Orders legislators to appropriate federal funds for the expansion of Medicaid to people making up to 138% of the poverty line|
|CISS||"Dark Money" Initiative||Elections||Requires 501(c)4 organizations to reveal donor information|
|CISS||Cable Company Property Tax Initiative||Taxes||Reclassifies cable television companies’ property for taxation purposes|
|CISS||Trapping Ban on Public Lands Initiative||Hunting||Prohibits trapping of certain animals by private individuals on any public lands within the state of Montana|
|CISS||Prohibit State Resources for Affordable Care Act Initiative||Healthcare||Prohibits the use of state resources to implement and enforce the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act|
|CISS||Political Activity Disclosure Initiative||Elections||Requires reporting and disclosure by all persons and entities engaging in political activity|
|CISS||Marijuana Ban Initiative||Marijuana||Requires that drugs illegal under federal law are illegal under Montana law|
- 2014 ballot measures
- List of Montana ballot measures
- Laws governing the initiative process in Montana
- Montana Legislature
- Initiatives filed with the Montana Secretary of State for 2014
- Constitutional amendments proposed in the Montana legislature
- Helena Independent Record, "No citizen initiatives make 2014 ballot," July 21, 2014
- Great Falls Tribune, "No citizen initiatives will be on Montana ballot," July 9, 2014
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