Rhode Island 2014 ballot measures

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Seven statewide ballot measures were certified for the November 4, 2014, ballot in the state of Rhode Island. One measure was an automatic ballot referral related to constitutional conventions. Two measures were legislatively-referred constitutional amendments. Four were legislatively-referred bond questions.

Rhode Island’s 2014 legislative session began on January 7, 2014, and concluded on June 23, 2014. In Rhode Island, a simple majority vote was required in both chambers of the legislature in order to place a proposed constitutional amendment on the ballot. Two legislatively-referred constitutional amendments were approved for the ballot. Both addressed gambling.

As of 2014, Rhode Island did not have an initiative and referendum process. However, a measure was introduced into the legislature which, upon legislative certification, would have given voters the opportunity to vote for or against establishing the process.

Historical facts

  • Since 1996, an average of six measures have appeared on even-numbered year ballots in Rhode Island. Therefore, 2014 was an above-average year, based on the number of certified measures.
  • From 1996 to 2013, the number of measures on statewide, even-year ballots ranged from three to 14.
  • Since 1996, 47 of 58, or 81 percent, of Rhode Island ballot measures were approved by voters.
  • Conversely, 11 of 58, or 19 percent, of measures were defeated.

On the ballot

November 4:

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Question 1 Gambling Authorizes casino gaming at the Newport Grand facility in Newport Defeatedd
LRCA Question 2 Gambling Prohibits changes in location of gambling without the approval of electors Approveda
ABR Question 3 Con Cons Dictates whether or not Rhode Island holds a constitutional convention Defeatedd
BI Question 4 Bonds Permits the issuance of a bond of $125 million to construct a new College of Engineering building Approveda
BI Question 5 Bonds Permits the issuance of a bond of $35 million to fund artistic, historic and cultural centers Approveda
BI Question 6 Bonds Permits the issuance of $35 million in bonds to fund enhancements and renovations to mass transit hub infrastructure Approveda
BI Question 7 Bonds Permits the issuance of $53 million in bonds for environmental and recreational purposes Approveda


Not on the ballot

See also: Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Initiative and Referendum Amendment Direct democracy Creates an initiative and referendum process Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
LRCA Corporate Contributions Amendment Elections Defines corporations as artificial entities and prevents money spent to influence elections to be construed as speech Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
LRCA Executive Office Vacancy Procedures Amendment State Exec Provides procedures for filling vacancies left by the lieutenant governor, secretary of state, attorney general or treasurer Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
LRCA Healthcare Premiums for State Officials Amendment Healthcare Requires state officials to contribute 20% towards the premium for health care coverage paid for by the state Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
LRCA Term Limits Amendment Term limits Implements three-term limit on state assembly members, lengthens terms from two to four years Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot


See also

Rhode Island

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