Rhode Island 2014 ballot measures
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. Five legislatively-referred constitutional amendments were proposed, dealing with issues ranging from term limits and direct democracy to healthcare and state executives. However, none were approved by both chambers of the legislature prior to its adjournment.
Rhode Island does not have an initiative and referendum process. However, a measure was introduced into the legislature which, upon legislative certification, would give voters the opportunity to vote for or against establishing the process.
- Since 1996, an average of six measures have appeared on even-numbered year ballots in Rhode Island. Therefore, 2014 is a below-average year, based on the number of certified measures.
- The number of measures on statewide, even-year ballots since 1996 has ranged from three to 14.
- Since 1996, 47 of 58, or 81 percent, of Rhode Island ballot measures have been approved by voters.
- Conversely, 11 of 58, or 19 percent, of measures have been defeated.
On the ballot
|ABR||Constitutional Convention||Con Cons||Dictates whether or not Rhode Island holds a constitutional convention|
Not on the ballot
|Initiative and Referendum Amendment||Direct democracy||Creates an initiative and referendum process|
|Corporate Contributions Amendment||Elections||Defines corporations as artificial entities and prevents money spent to influence elections to be construed as speech|
|Executive Office Vacancy Procedures Amendment||State Exec||Provides procedures for filling vacancies left by the lieutenant governor, secretary of state, attorney general or treasurer|
|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|
|Term Limits Amendment||Term limits||Implements three-term limit on state assembly members, lengthens terms from two to four years|
- 2014 ballot measures
- List of Rhode Island ballot measures
- Rhode Island Legislature
- List of ballot measures by state
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