New Jersey Maintenance and Support of Free Public Schools Amendment (2014)

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A New Jersey Maintenance and Support of Free Public Schools Amendment did not make the November 4, 2014 ballot in New Jersey as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment. At least two versions of such an amendment were proposed in the 2014 legislative session. Identical measures Assembly Concurrent Resolution 16 and Senate Concurrent Resolution 26 would have "[described] the manner in which the Legislature shall provide for the maintenance and support of a thorough and efficient system of free public schools" by amending Article VIII, Section IV, paragraph 1 of the New Jersey Constitution.[1][2] Another set of identical measures, Assembly Concurrent Resolution 46 and Senate Concurrent Resolution 31, would have created "a method of providing for the maintenance and support of a thorough and efficient system of free public schools and allocating all income tax receipts to school districts" by amending Article VIII, Section 1, paragraph 7 and Section IV, paragraph 1 of the New Jersey Constitution.[3][4]

Text of measure

ACR 16/SCR 26

If ACR 16 or SCR 26 had been placed on the ballot in its introduced form, it would have appeared as follows:[1][2]

NJ2014 ACR 16 SCR 26 as introduced.PNG[5]

ACR 46/SCR 31

If ACR 48 or SCR 31 had been placed on the ballot in its introduced form, it would have appeared as follows:[6][4]

NJ2014 ACR46 SCR31 as introduced.PNG[5]

Support

ACR 16/SCR 26 supporters

ACR 46/SCR 31 supporters

Path to the ballot

See also: Amending the New Jersey Constitution

At the time in New Jersey, proposed constitutional amendments had two ways of achieving ballot access. The New Jersey Legislature could either qualify it with supermajority approval of 60 percent in one legislative session or with simple majorities in two successive sessions. This measure did not receive the necessary supermajority required for a 2014 ballot placement.

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