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1958 ballot measures

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1959
1957

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.

Arizona

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


Arkansas

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


California

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


Colorado

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


Connecticut

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


Florida

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


Idaho

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


Maine

See also: Maine 1958 ballot measures

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


Massachusetts

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


Missouri

See also: Missouri 1958 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
CISS Issue 3 Business regulation Permits banking institutions, upon prior approval of the Commissioner of Finance, to establish and operate branches within the city, town, County, village or constitutional charter city in which its principal office is located Defeatedd


Montana

See also: Montana 1958 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
VR IR-59 Alcohol Approveda


LRSS R-61 Education Approveda


Nebraska

See also: Nebraska 1958 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
CICA Public Power Districts Utilities Approveda


CICA Question 1 Gambling Approveda


Nevada

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 Admin of Gov't 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


Ohio

See also: Ohio 1958 ballot measures

November 4
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Issue 1 Local Gov't Permits the electors of the counties to form metropolitan federations Defeatedd


CICA Issue 2 Labor Forbids labor contracts which establish union membership as a condition Defeatedd


Oklahoma

See also: Oklahoma 1958 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Question 379 Taxes real property and tangible personal property taxed ad valorem shall be assessed for taxation at not more than 35% Approveda


LRCA Question 380 Water Approveda


Oregon

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


Utah

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


Washington

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