The Tuesday Count: a slew of proposals but no certifications
By Bailey Ludlam
Two Maine measures are inching their way towards the ballot. Last week a slot machine proposal was verified and sent to the legislature. If legislators don't vote to adopt a similar law, the measure will be officially certified for the ballot and will mark the fifth certified measure. A second proposal, a racino proposal, is scheduled to hear this week if it too will move forward for consideration by the legislature. Stay tuned for updates on Friday, February 18.
Although proposals for 2011 ballots have been few and far between, initiatives and referrals continue to mount for 2012. In the state of Oklahoma alone, an estimated 77 measures may be referred to the ballot. One of those proposals would mandate that legislative session only adjourn every other year in the state. The measure is being proposed by State Senator Tom Ivester. Another proposed question would allow for the sale and purchase of wine in grocery stores across the state. The measure was introduced and filed by State Senator Clark Jolley.
RECENT PROPOSALS: 5 measures of the week
- Colorado Initiative Process Amendment (2012) - would require more than simple majority to approve any future amendments to the state constitution.
- Florida Offshore Drilling Amendment (2012) - would ask voters in the state whether or not to allow offshore drilling off the Florida coast. A similar measure was proposed in 2010 but was not placed on the ballot. The proposal was developed in reaction to an April 20, 2010 explosion on a British Petroleum (BP) drilling rig that lead to a massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
- Georgia Trauma Care Funding Amendment (2012) - would allot $10 from vehicle registration fees into a trauma care trust fund. According to the proposal it would not raise current fees or taxes. A similar proposal appeared on the 2010 ballot but was defeated following a 53% to 47% vote.
- Kentucky Felons to Vote Amendment (2012) - would give non-violent ex-felons the opportunity to vote.
- North Carolina Sunshine Amendment (2012) - would amend state public record and meeting laws. The measure would guarantee that the public has the right to inspect and copy public records and attend all public body meetings except those exempt the General Assembly. The proposal would also required a two-thirds "supermajority" vote in each chamber to pass any bills that would amend the level of access to public records and meetings.
SPOTLIGHT: Education measures abundant in Wisconsin
February 15 marks election day in the "Badger State." Locally, an estimated 10 counties will be casting their votes on a number of school revenue measures. Counties include: Buffalo, Burnett, Calumet, Green Lake, La Crosse, Portage, Rusk, Sawyer, Trempealeau and Washburn. Most measures ask voters to allow school districts to exceed the state set revenue limits to help pay for general school expenses. One measure, in La Crosse County, seeks to increase the local property tax rates by around $100 a year for average homeowners in order to help pay for maintaining current programs and services offered.
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