1938 ballot measures

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1939
1937

Arizona

See also: Arizona 1938 ballot measures

November 8
Type Title Subject Description Result
CICA Proposition 1 Legislatures Forbids the appointment of a legislator to state office during the legislator’s term Approveda
CICA Proposition 2 Taxes Prohibits the taxation of a person's bona fide home up to $5,000 Defeatedd
CISS Proposition 3 State Exec Redefines rules and regulations regarding workers' compensation insurance Defeatedd

Arkansas

See also: Arkansas 1938 ballot measures

November 8
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Amendment 24 Judiciary Allows probate courts to be presided over by a judge of the chancery court Approveda
LRCA Amendment 25 Gov't Finances Provides for the construction of county hospitals, courthouses and jails Approveda
LRCA Amendment 26 Elections Eliminates the poll tax Defeatedd
CICA Amendment 27 Labor Allows legislature to determine amount of worker's compensation should be paid for injury or death at work Approveda
CICA Amendment 28 Bonds Authorizes refunding of highway bonds Defeatedd
CICA Amendment 29 Taxes Exempts new industries from property tax Approveda
CICA Amendment 30 Admin of Gov't Establishes a State Board of Education Defeatedd
CICA Amendment 31 Judiciary Allows Supreme Court to regulate the practice of law Approveda
CICA Amendment 32 Admin of Gov't Provides a method for filling vacancies Approveda
LRSS Act 8 Public works Provide for payment of bridge and municipal improvements Defeatedd
CISS Act 1 Alcohol Limit manufacture and sale of alcohol near churches and schools Defeatedd

California

See also: California 1938 ballot propositions

Type Title Subject Description Result
CISS Proposition 1 Labor Definition of lawful labor dispute practices, including pickets and boycotts Defeatedd
CISS Proposition 2 Animals Definition and regulation of animal pounds; rules for treating cats and dogs in pounds Defeatedd
LRCA Proposition 3 Taxes Revenue from motor vehicle fuel taxes reserved for public streets and highways Approveda
CICA Proposition 4 Transportation Creation of a Highway and Traffic Safety Commission Defeatedd
IndISS Proposition 5 Fishing Regulation of commercial fishing designed to guard against the depletion of species Approveda
LRCA Proposition 6 Taxes Taxation of insurance companies Approveda
LRCA Proposition 7 Welfare Administration of funds for the purpose of relieving hardship and destitution Approveda
LRCA Proposition 8 Public finance State funds can be allocated by the legislature for county and municipal purposes Defeatedd
LRCA Proposition 9 Veterans Disabled veterans wounded in time of peace no longer eligible for war veterans' tax exemption Defeatedd
VR Proposition 10 Resources Oil leases on state-owned tidelands at Huntington Beach Defeatedd
LRCA Proposition 11 Taxes State and County Boards of Equalization Defeatedd
LRCA Proposition 12 Taxes Prohibition on taxes or fees on properties associated with the Golden Gate International Exposition Approveda
VR Proposition 13 Bonds/Utilities Referendum on sale of revenue bonds to pay for construction or acquisition of public utilities Defeatedd
LRCA Proposition 14 Judiciary State judges convicted of crimes involving moral turpitude can be removed by California Supreme Court Approveda
LRCA Proposition 15 Judiciary Composition of Judicial Council and its ability to adopt rules of judicial conduct governing all state judges Defeatedd
LRCA Proposition 16 Judiciary Ability of retired judges to perform judicial functions in some circumstances Defeatedd
LRCA Proposition 17 I&R Timing of elections on ballot initiatives after petitions are presented to California Secretary of State Approveda
LRCA Proposition 18 Public finance State money, except University of California money, to be held in trust by State Treasurer Defeatedd
LRCA Proposition 19 Veterans Surplus in the veterans' farm and home building fund can be distributed to war veterans whose used the fund Defeatedd
CICA Proposition 20 Taxes Property taxes: rules for assessing, limits on and exemptions from Defeatedd
LRCA Proposition 21 Taxes Tax exemptions for churches, orphanages and colleges Defeatedd
LRCA Proposition 22 Local governance Rules governing the proposal of city charters and amendments thereto Defeatedd
LRCA Proposition 23 Legislature State legislature can spend up to $10 per day per legislator on support staff Defeatedd
VR Proposition 24 Resources Competitive bidding for leases to eleven parcels of state-owned tide at Huntington Beach for oil drilling Defeatedd
CICA Proposition 25 Taxes Retired elderly electors are entitled to receive at least thirty $1.00 warrants with which to pay taxes Defeatedd

Colorado

See also: Colorado 1938 ballot measures

November 8
Type Title Subject Description Result
CICA Measure 1 Health Care Gives licensed health practitioners the power to regulate their own professions and certain rights in tax supported health institutions Defeatedd
CICA Measure 2 Pension Repeals the $45.00 per month old age pension amendment and empowers the General Assembly to provide for pensions Defeatedd
CISS Measure 3 Business Repeals the chain store tax Defeatedd

Florida

See also: Florida 1938 ballot measures

November 8
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Amendment 1 Taxes Provides up to a $5,000 tax exemption for real property Approveda
LRCA Amendment 2 Local Gov't Requires state laws regarding municipalities to be uniform and requires publication of proposed changes to state laws regarding municipalities Approveda
LRCA Amendment 3 Education Relates to raising funds for a uniform state school system Approveda
LRCA Amendment 4 War & Peace Provides for a federally-recognized Florida National Guard Approveda

Idaho

See also: Idaho 1938 ballot measures

November 8
Type Title Subject Description Result
CISS INIT 1 Hunt & Fish Creates the Fish and Game Commission Approveda

Maine

See also: Maine 1938 ballot measures

September 12
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Proposed Amendment to the Constitution Suffrage Lengthens time required to establish residency for voting purposes Approveda

Maryland

See also: Maryland 1938 ballot measures

November 8
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Amendment 1 Lottery Permits the General Assembly to authorize a state lottery Defeatedd
LRCA Amendment 2 Judiciary Adds another judge to the 2nd judicial circuit Approveda
LRCA Amendment 3 Taxes Authorizes the general assembly to enact a state income tax Defeatedd
VR Amendment 4 Marriage & family Requires a 48 hour waiting period between the application for a marriage license and the ceremony Approveda

Massachusetts

See also: Massachusetts 1938 ballot measures

November 8
Type Title Subject Description Result
IndICA Question 1 Legislature Establishes a biennial sessions of the state legislature and a biennial budget Approveda
IndISS Question 2 Transportation Provides free public tax cab stands in cities and towns Approveda

Michigan

See also: Michigan 1938 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
CICA Proposition 1 Local governance Four year term of office for certain county officers Defeatedd
CICA Proposition 2 Judiciary Non-partisan nomination and appointment of Michigan Supreme Court justices for 8-year terms Defeatedd
CICA Proposition 3 Taxes Gasoline and weight taxes to be used for highways Approveda

Minnesota

See also: Minnesota 1938 ballot measures

November 8
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Amendment 1 Property Authorizes the legislature to exchange state public lands for federal lands Approveda
LRCA Amendment 2 Gov't Acc Changes requirements for publishing charter amendments Defeatedd

Missouri

See also: Missouri 1938 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Issue 1 Salaries Increases state legislative salaries Defeatedd
LRCA Issue 2 Term Limits State Treasurer is eligible for re-election "as his own successor" Defeatedd
LRCA Issue 3 Taxes Authorizes count courts to levy a special tax for support of county hospitals Defeatedd
LRCA Issue 4 Pension Authorizes pensions for persons over 65 years of age Approveda
VR Issue 5 Taxes Creates a $0.03 tax on gasoline Defeatedd
CICA Issue 6 Transportation Creates motor fuel tax and the State Highway Commission Defeatedd
CICA Issue 7 Legislature Creates numerous changes in state legislative procedures Defeatedd
CICA Issue 8 Taxes Levies taxes for the state school system Defeatedd
CICA Issue 9 Term Limits Allows sheriffs and coroners to succeed themselves Defeatedd

Montana

See also: Montana 1938 ballot measures

November 8
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Amendment 1 Term limits Determines terms of office for county officers Approveda


LRCA Amendment 2 Education Provides for the investment of the public school permanent fund Approveda
VR IR-40 Alcohol Regulates, licenses and authorizes the sale of liquor at retail establishments Approveda
CISS I-41 Transportation Authorizes the issuance of debentures for the state highway fund Approveda

Nebraska

See also: Nebraska 1938 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
CICA Issue 1 Gambling Licensing of slot machines Defeatedd

Nevada

See also: Nevada 1938 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
CISS Question 2 Hunting Bounty on predatory animals Defeatedd

North Dakota

See also: North Dakota 1938 ballot measures

June 28
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRSS County Government Management Referendum Local Gov't Deals with a manager plan of county government Defeatedd
LRSS County Officers Election Terms Referendum Local Gov't Deals with the election terms for county officials Defeatedd
LRSS Dancing and Liquor Sales Referendum Alcohol Prohibits dancing where liquor is sold Approveda
LRSS School & Public Land Sales Referendum Admin of Gov't Regulates the sale of school and public lands Approveda
CICA Legislators and State Employment Initiative Legislature Prohibits members of the state legislature from accepting state employment during their terms of office Approveda
CICA Tax Commissioner Election Initiative Elections Establishes election of the Tax Commissioner in 1940 on the no-party ballot Approveda
CICA Public Funds in State Treasury Initiative Bonds Clarifies which public funds are to be deposited in the state Treasury Approveda
CICA Board of Higher Education Initiative Education Creates a Board of Higher Education Approveda
CISS Abolishing Regulatory Department Initiative Admin of Gov't Abolishes the Regulatory Department Approveda
CISS Civil Service Initiative Civil Service Creates a state civil service for state employees Defeatedd
CISS County Bond Rules Initiative Bonds Creates rules governing transactions in county securities Defeatedd
CISS Legal Interest Rates Initiative Business Reduces the legal rate of interest Approveda
CISS Municipal Appointments Initiative Local Gov't Creates commission to appoint city and village officials Defeatedd

November 8

Type Title Subject Description Result
CISS Repeal Liquor Control Initiative Alcohol Repeals of the Liquor Control Act of November 1936 Defeatedd
CISS Old Age Pensions Initiative Welfare Provides minimum pension under state old age assistance Approveda

Ohio

See also: Ohio 1938 ballot measures

November 8
Type Title Subject Description Result
CICA Amendment 1 Judiciary Provides for the appointment of judges of the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, and for local control over appointment methods for lower courts Defeatedd

Oklahoma

See also: Oklahoma 1938 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
CICA Question 205 Utilities Allows rural utility districts to incur debt for the purpose of making improvements. Defeatedd
VR Question 215 Gambling Vending Machines Veto Vote Defeatedd
VR Question 236 Taxes Taxes on Oleomargarine Veto Vote Defeatedd
VR Question 238 Natural resources State Oil Inspectors Defeatedd

Oregon

See also: Oregon 1938 ballot measures

November 8
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Measure 1 Legislature Extends the legislature’s adjournment by twenty days to allow the governor more time to consider, approve or veto bills Approveda
LRCA Measure 2 Business Repeals the bank stockholders double liability, which made each stockholder individually liable to depositors Defeatedd
LRCA Measure 3 Gov't Salaries Provides not more than $8 per day for legislators while in session and some traveling expenses Defeatedd
LRSS Measure 4 Health Care Requires medical examinations and certification of all applicants for marriage licenses and disallows those who failed from marrying Approveda
VR Measure 5 Gambling Prohibits possession, operation or play of slot machines and requires sheriffs to seize any such machine and, upon recognition by a court, destroy the machine Approveda
VR Measure 6 Gambling Bans all games of chance and provided punishments for violating the act Approveda
ConCon Measure 7 Fed Con Calls for a constitutional convention of the United States to consider an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would provide for the Townsend Plan Approveda
CISS Measure 8 Taxes Implements a two percent transaction tax to create a fund for the monthly payment of unemployed people over the age of 65 Defeatedd
CISS Measure 9 Labor Defines “labor dispute” as a controversy between employer and employees, prohibited the obstruction of commerce and manufacturing and picketing a business unless an actual labor dispute exists and restricted revenues of collective bargaining organizations to “legitimate” requirements Approveda
CISS Measure 10 Water Declares the preservation of rivers, streams, lakes and watersheds for public health and wildlife and creates the state sanitary authority to devise rules and regulations regarding water pollution Approveda
CISS Measure 11 Alcohol Prohibits the sale of alcoholic liquor for beverage purposes by others than the Oregon Liquor Control Commission Defeatedd
CICA Measure 12 Gambling Legalizes certain lotteries and other forms of gambling and authorized the state to exclusively license them Defeatedd

Washington

See also: Washington 1938 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
ITP Initiative 126 Elections Establishes a nonpartisan ballot for the election of school superintendents Approveda
ITP Initiative 129 Taxes Limits the aggregate annual tax levy on property to 40 mills and limits the levy by the state to 2 mills Approveda
ITP Initiative 130 Labor Requires unions to supply employers with written demands, mandates a vote amongst employees to initiate a strike and penalizes employees who broke these regulations Defeatedd
LRCA SJR 5 Taxes Provides that nothing contained in the constitution prevents a graduated net income tax Defeatedd