1958 ballot measures

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17 states had ballots measures in 1958. California led the pack with 18 statewide ballot propositions. Oregon came in second, with 13 questions on its ballot, resulting in eight amendments to the Oregon Constitution.


See also: Alaska 1958 ballot measures

August 26
Type Title Subject Description Result
FedRef Proposition 1 Statehood Admits Alaska into the United States as a state Approveda
FedRef Proposition 2 Statehood Ratifies the state's boundaries as defined by Congress Approveda
FedRef Proposition 3 Statehood Ratifies other parts of the Alaska Statehood Act Approveda


See also: Arizona 1958 ballot measures

September 9
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Proposition 1 Gov't Salaries Increases state legislators’ salaries Approveda
LRCA Proposition 2 Judiciary Permits retired Supreme Court and Superior Court judges receiving pensions to serve as judges without additional compensation Approveda

November 4

Type Title Subject Description Result
CISS Proposition 1 Education Changes the name of the Arizona State College at Tempe to Arizona State University Approveda
CISS Proposition 2 Labor Provides a merit system for state, county and municipal employees Defeatedd


See also: Arkansas 1958 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
BI Arkansas Repeal of Full Crew Laws Initiative (1958) Admin. of gov't. Would repeal specific laws in the state Defeatedd
CICA Arkansas Prohibition of State Ad Valorem Tax, Proposed Amendment 47 (1958) Taxes Would prohibit state ad valorem tax. Approveda
CICA Arkansas Legislative Salaries, Proposed Amendment 48 (1958) State legislatures Dealt with salaries for state lawmakers. Approveda
CICA Arkansas Industrial Development Bonds, Proposed Amendment 49 (1958) Bond issues Development bonds in the state. Approveda
VR Arkansas Sales Tax Repeal, Referred Act 19 (1958) Taxes Repeal of state sales tax. Approveda


See also: California 1958 ballot propositions

Type Title Subject Description Result
LBM Proposition 1 Veterans/Bonds $300 million in bonds for veterans Approveda
LBM Proposition 2 Bonds $220 million in bonds for schools for handicapped students Approveda
LBM Proposition 3 Bonds $200 million in bonds for schools, correctional and mental facilities Approveda
LBM Proposition 4 Bonds $60 million in bonds for harbor development Approveda
LRCA Proposition 5 Salaries Salaries of state legislators can be set by statute Defeatedd
LRCA Proposition 6 Elections Notice of elections on bond proposals must be published in newspapers Defeatedd
LRCA Proposition 7 Admin of gov't California State Legislature authorized to adopt wartime disaster laws Approveda
LRCA Proposition 8 Elections Eligibility rules for voting for President and Vice President Approveda
LRCA Proposition 9 Legislature Eliminate mandatory 30-day recess during general sessions of California State Legislature Approveda
LRCA Proposition 10 Eminent domain Rules for eminent domain for airports and schools Defeatedd
LRCA Proposition 11 Bonds Authorize local bonds for street and road purposes; provide for repayment of bonds with gasoline tax money Defeatedd
LRCA Proposition 12 Legislature Permits member of California State Legislature to become notary public Defeatedd
LRCA Proposition 13 Education Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction to be appointive, instead of elective, after 1962. Defeatedd
LRCA Proposition 14 Salaries Eliminate prohibition against increasing compensation of local politicians during their term of office Defeatedd
CISS Proposition 15 Regulations Allow boxing on Sundays and Memorial Day Defeatedd
CICA Proposition 16 Taxes Allow property taxation of religious schools Defeatedd
CICA Proposition 17 Taxes Reduction in state sales tax and income tax rates Defeatedd
CICA Proposition 18 Labor Prohibition on collective bargaining Defeatedd


See also: Colorado 1958 ballot measures

November 4
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Measure 1 Civil Service Alters civil service employment policies to make the service more competitive Defeatedd
LRCA Measure 2 Gov't Salaries Changes the compensation of county and precinct officers Defeatedd
LRCA Measure 3 Local Gov't Modifies county governments Defeatedd
CICA Measure 4 Gambling Legalizes certain gambling games for non-profit organizations Approveda
CICA Measure 5 Labor Provides rules for labor union membership Defeatedd


See also: Connecticut 1958 ballot measures

November 4
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Question 1 Admin of Gov't Prohibits current officeholders from holding other offices Approveda
LRCA Question 2 Trials Provides for the adjudication of claims against the state Approveda
LRCA Question 3 Gov't Salaries Concerns the salaries of General Assembly members Approveda


See also: Florida 1958 ballot measures

November 4
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Amendment 1 Constitutions Allows legislature to tie proposed constitutional amendments in an election so that all must be approved for any one to be enacted Defeatedd
LRCA Amendment 2 Judiciary Closes office of Hillsborough County solicitor and transfers duties to the State Attorney of the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit of Florida Approveda


See also: Idaho 1958 ballot measures

November 4
Type Title Subject Description Result
CISS INIT 1 Labor and unions Gives the right to employment regardless of labor organization membership or non-membership Defeatedd


See also: Maine 1958 ballot measures

March 10
Type Title Subject Description Result
VR Referendum Question Transportation Increases vehicle registration and license fees Defeatedd


See also: Maryland 1958 ballot measures

November 4
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Amendment 1 Local gov't Allows the mayor of Baltimore to change the compensation of any of its appointed public officers Approveda
LRCA Amendment 2 Admin of gov't Provides for filling vacancies in the State's Attorneys offices Approveda
LRCA Amendment 3 Admin of gov't Abolishes the office of State Librarian Approveda


See also: Massachusetts 1958 ballot measures

November 4
Type Title Subject Description Result
IndISS Question 1 Pension Authorizes former public employees to refund portions of their pensions depending upon yearly earnings Approveda


See also: Minnesota 1958 ballot measures

November 4
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Amendment 1 Local gov't Permits the legislature to revise provisions for home rule Approveda
LRCA Amendment 2 Term limits Provides for four year terms for state constitutional officers Approveda
LRCA Amendment 3 Legislature Permits members of the legislature to hold state offices Defeatedd


See also: Missouri 1958 ballot measures

November 4
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Amendment 1 Admin of Gov't Provides guidelines for the manner in which money may be withdrawn from the state treasury Approveda
LRCA Amendment 2 Elections Permits citizens to vote in presidential elections upon 60 days residence in Missouri Approveda
CISS Proposition 3 Business regulation Permits banking institutions to establish and operate branches Defeatedd


See also: Montana 1958 ballot measures

November 4
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Amendment 1 Education Relates to indebtedness of high school districts Approveda
VR IR-59 Alcohol Establishes an excise tax on the sale of liquor Approveda
LRSS R-61 Education Enacts a levy to benefit the University of Montana Approveda


See also: Nebraska 1958 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
CICA Public Power Districts Utilities Approveda
CICA Question 1 Gambling Approveda


See also: Nevada 1958 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
Initiative Process Amendment Direct democracy Approveda

North Dakota

See also: North Dakota 1958 ballot measures

June 24
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Referendum 1 American Indians Authorizes the legislature to accept jurisdiction over Native American lands as delegated to the state by the U.S. Congress Approveda
LRCA Referendum 2 Suffrage Reforms elective enfranchisement language Approveda
CISS Initiative 3 Education Authorizes the state government to give $450,000 to build a new School for the Blind Approveda

November 4

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Referendum 1 Taxes Levies a tax to fund college buildings Defeatedd
LRCA Referendum 2 Direct Democracy Changes number of signatures to qualify an initiative from 20,000 signatures to 10 percent of votes cast for governor at last general election Defeatedd
LRCA Referendum 3 Term limits Changes election terms of most state and county offices from two to four years Defeatedd
CICA Initiative 4 Education Changes the name of the North Dakota Agricultural College to the North Dakota State University of Agriculture and Applied Sciences Defeatedd
CISS Initiative 5 Education Annexes school districts not operating a high school into districts that operate high schools Defeatedd


See also: Ohio 1958 ballot measures

November 4
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Amendment 1 Local Gov't Permits the electors of the counties to form metropolitan federations Defeatedd
CICA Amendment 2 Labor Forbids labor contracts which establish union membership as a condition Defeatedd


See also: Oklahoma 1958 ballot measures

July 1
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA State Question 379 Taxes Provides that ad valorem taxes be assessed at not more than 35 percent Approveda
LRCA State Question 380 Water Authorizes municipalities to enter into contracts to purchase water and secure water facilities Approveda


See also: Oregon 1958 ballot measures

November 8
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Measure 1 Admin of Gov't Repeals an obsolete provision describing state boundaries and authorizes boundaries to be defined by interstate agreement with approval from the U.S. Congress Approveda
LRCA Measure 2 Gov't Finances Increases the issuance of bonds amount from four percent to six percent of valuation of property within the state to raise funds for loans for veterans of World War II and the Korean War Defeatedd
LRCA Measure 3 Gov't Salaries Increases the annual salaries of state legislators from $600 to $1,200 Defeatedd
LRCA Measure 4 Death Penalty Removes the death penalty for first degree murder from the constitution and empowers the legislature to determine appropriate penalty Defeatedd
LRCA Measure 5 Development Levies property taxes against property in an urban redevelopment project upon the property’s increase in value to pay any indebtedness incurred from the development Defeatedd
LRCA Measure 6 Gov't Finances Authorizes the legislature to fix the maximum limitation on county indebtedness incurred Approveda
LRCA Measure 7 Trials Empowers the legislature to enact laws permitting the calling of a special grand jury Approveda
LRCA Measure 8 Admin of Gov't Allows the legislature to change or terminate the purpose or use of any state institution after ten years from the date of the institution's founding Approveda
LRCA Measure 9 Judiciary Authorizes the Oregon Supreme Court to appoint temporary judges to state courts and to assign lower court judges to serve temporarily outside the districts for which they were elected Approveda
LRCA Measure 10 Energy Allows the state to acquire and develop hydroelectric, thermal and nuclear power generating facilities for electrical transmission and sale Defeatedd
LRCA Measure 11 Local Gov't Allows any county to adopt a home rule charter, upon the approval of voters, to provide for the exercise of authority over county-level concerns Approveda
LRCA Measure 12 Admin of Gov't Permits the Board of Control to discontinue using the Eastern Oregon and University State Tuberculosis Hospitals and allows the board to designate the hospitals’ future uses Approveda
CICA Measure 13 Legislature Grants employees or members of a school board or the Board of Higher Education the ability to serve as legislators Approveda

South Dakota

See also: South Dakota 1958 ballot measures

November 4
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Municipal Home Rule Local gov't Allows municipal home rule Defeatedd
LRCA Tax Exemption for Highway Property Taxes Exempts public highway property from taxation Approveda
LRCA Gubernatorial Succession State exec Changes gubernatorial succession Approveda
LRCA Voting Age Suffrage Reduces voting age to eighteen Defeatedd
LRCA Voting Residence Elections Provides for maintaining old voting residence Approveda


See also: Texas 1958 ballot measures

November 4
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Proposition 1 Legislature Provides for annual legislative sessions and an increase in compensation for legislators Defeatedd
LRCA Proposition 2 Pension Establishes county retirement funds for elected and appointed officers and employees of the county Defeatedd
LRCA Proposition 3 Judiciary Provides that county judge vacancies be filled by county commissioners until the next general election Approveda
LRCA Proposition 4 Local gov't Requires county and district officers to resign from current office before announcing as a candidate for another office Approveda
LRCA Proposition 5 Term limits Allows home rule cities to vote to extend terms of office from two to four years Approveda
LRCA Proposition 6 Pension Provides pensions for retired Texas Rangers Approveda
LRCA Proposition 7 Gov't Finances Empowers the legislature to spend funds on promoting the state Approveda
LRCA Proposition 8 Healthcare Provides for the payment of medical care of the needy elderly, blind, children and disabled Approveda
LRCA Proposition 9 Local gov't Authorizes the creation of hospital districts in certain counties Approveda


See also: Utah 1958 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
CISS Initiative A Gambling Permits pari-mutuel wagering at horse races and created a state horse-racing commission Defeatedd


See also: Washington 1958 ballot measures

November 4
Type Title Subject Description Result
ITP Initiative 202 Labor Bans labor organization membership as a requirement for employment Defeatedd
ITL Initiative 23 Civil Service Provides civil service status for certain employees of county sheriffs Approveda
LRSS Referendum 10 Bonds Authorizes $25 million for providing buildings for state charitable, educational and penal institutions Approveda
VR Referendum 30 Taxes Makes insurance payable upon death taxable under the inheritance tax Defeatedd
LRCA Sub SJR 9, Pt 1 Gov't Salaries Provides for the legislature to increase or decrease the compensation of all elected state and county officials Defeatedd
LRCA Sub SJR 9, Pt 2 Gov't Salaries Allows a member of the legislature to be elected or appointed to an office which had the position's compensation increased during the official's term in the legislature Defeatedd
LRCA SJR 10 Admin of Gov't Authorizes the modification of state boundaries Approveda
LRCA SJR 14 Religion Empowers the legislature to employ a chaplain for custodial, correctional and mental institutions as they deem justified Approveda
LRCA SJR 18 Gov't Salaries Prohibits the legislature from granting extra compensation to any public employee after the services have been rendered or contract entered into Approveda
LRCA Sub HJR 4 Gov't Salaries Permits school district electors to authorize excess tax levies at a maximum rate of two years for operation and six years for capital outlay Defeatedd