West Virginia 2014 ballot measures
One ballot measure was certified for the November 4, 2014 ballot in the state of West Virginia, where it was approved. The legislatively-referred constitutional amendment addressed taxes and property.
The 2014 legislative session lasted from January 8 to March 14, 2014. According to the West Virginia Constitution, a two-thirds vote in both chambers of the West Virginia Legislature was required to refer the amendments to the ballot. Thirteen other proposed legislatively-referred constitutional amendments did not qualify for the ballot.
As of 2014, West Virginia did not have an initiative and referendum process. However, a referred measure was proposed to establish the process during the legislative session. The proposed referral did not reach a vote.
- Between 1996 and 2013, an average of one measure has appeared annually on the ballot in West Virginia. Therefore, 2014 was an average year, based on the number of certified measures.
- From 1996 to 2014, the number of measures on statewide ballots has ranged from one to three.
- Between 1996 and 2014, nine of 13, or 69 percent, of West Virginia ballot measures have been approved by voters.
- Conversely, four of 13, or 31 percent, of measures have been defeated.
On the ballot
- See also: 2014 ballot measures
|Amendment 1||Taxes||Exempts nonprofit youth organization properties from ad valorem property taxation|
Not on the ballot
Twelve legislatively-referred constitutional amendments did not qualify for the ballot in West Virginia. According to the West Virginia Constitution, a two-thirds vote in both chambers of the West Virginia Legislature was required to refer an amendment to the ballot. The following either passed in only one chamber or did not come up for a vote before the regular legislative session ended on March 14, 2014.
|Water Resources Protection Amendment||Water||Defines state waters as valuable public natural resources for citizen's benefit|
|Future Fund Amendment||Gov't Finances||Establishes a “West Virginia Future Fund” for the state to accumulate interest revenues to be spent on education, workforce and economic development, infrastructure and tax relief|
|Bonds for Road Repairs Amendment||Bonds||Authorizes $2.1 billion in state bonds for road repairs and construction|
|Right to Hunt and Fish Amendment||Hunt & Fish||Provides for a constitutional right to hunt, fish and harvest wildlife|
|Board of Education Elections Amendment||Elections||Provides for nonpartisan elections for approximately six to eight members of the West Virginia Board of Education|
|"More Accessible Legislature" Amendment||Legislature||Creates a Citizens Legislative Compensation Committee, enables the legislature to meet and adjourn for not more than ninety days per year and prohibits interim committee meetings|
|Legislative Veto Sessions Amendment||Legislature||Provides for legislative sessions in which the legislature can reconsider bills vetoed by the governor|
|Initiative, Referendum and Recall Amendment||Direct Democracy||Grants the people the right to initiative, referendum and recall|
|Homestead Exemption Increase Amendment||Taxes||Increases the homestead tax exemption from $20,000 to $30,000|
|Marriage Amendment||Marriage||Defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman|
|"Religious Freedom" Amendment||Religion||Clarifies constitutionally provided religious freedoms|
|Organization Date of State Legislature Amendment||Legislature||Permits the legislature to organize officers on every December 1 following a general election|
- 2014 ballot measures
- List of West Virginia ballot measures
- History of direct democracy in West Virginia
- Campaign finance requirements for West Virginia ballot measures
- Laws governing ballot measures in West Virginia
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