West Virginia 2014 ballot measures

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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.[1] 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.

Historical facts

  • 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

November 4:

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Amendment 1 Taxes Exempts nonprofit youth organization properties from ad valorem property taxation Approveda

Not on the ballot

See also: Proposed ballot measures that were not on a 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.

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Water Resources Protection Amendment Water Defines state waters as valuable public natural resources for citizen's benefit Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
LRCA 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 Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
LRCA Bonds for Road Repairs Amendment Bonds Authorizes $2.1 billion in state bonds for road repairs and construction Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
LRCA Right to Hunt and Fish Amendment Hunt & Fish Provides for a constitutional right to hunt, fish and harvest wildlife Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
LRCA Board of Education Elections Amendment Elections Provides for nonpartisan elections for approximately six to eight members of the West Virginia Board of Education Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
LRCA "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 Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
LRCA Legislative Veto Sessions Amendment Legislature Provides for legislative sessions in which the legislature can reconsider bills vetoed by the governor Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
LRCA Initiative, Referendum and Recall Amendment Direct Democracy Grants the people the right to initiative, referendum and recall Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
LRCA Homestead Exemption Increase Amendment Taxes Increases the homestead tax exemption from $20,000 to $30,000 Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
LRCA Marriage Amendment Marriage Defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
LRCA "Religious Freedom" Amendment Religion Clarifies constitutionally provided religious freedoms Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot
LRCA Organization Date of State Legislature Amendment Legislature Permits the legislature to organize officers on every December 1 following a general election Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot


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West Virginia

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