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1989 ballot measures

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Fifty statewide ballot measures were on statewide ballots in 1989 in nine states.


See also: Maine 1989 ballot measures

November 7
Type Title Subject Description Result
IndISS Question 1 Elections Establishes a voluntary system of public financing of gubernatorial campaigns Defeatedd
IndISS Question 2 War & Peace Directs governor to persuade the federal government to stop testing of cruise missiles in Maine's airspace Approveda
BI Question 3A Prisons Issues $14.5 million to build and repair correctional facilities, primarily for juvenile corrections Approveda
BI Question 3B Prisons Issues $35 million in bonds to build, repair and renovate adult correctional facilities Defeatedd
BI Question 4 Environment Issues $5 million to fund grants to solid waste regional commissions and municipalities for recycling equipment Approveda
BI Question 5 Education Issues $20,210,600 for capital improvements to all campuses of the Maine Vocational Technical Institute System Approveda
BI Question 6 Utilities Issues $4.4 million in bonds to build sewerage facilities Approveda
BI Question 7 Transportation Issues $21 million in bonds for highway, state and local bridges, harbor and airport improvements Approveda
BI Question 8 Healthcare Issues $7 million in bonds to provide funds in the forms of grants and a loan fund for programs serving people with mental illnesses Approveda
BI Question 9 Bonds Issues $12 million for detection and removal of asbestos in state facilities and public schools Approveda
BI Question 10 Environment Issues $6 million in bonds to clean up and close solid waste landfills that posed a hazard to public health and to ground water quality Approveda
BI Question 11 Housing $15 million in bonds to enhance affordable housing opportunities Approveda
LRCA Question 12 Housing Insures the payment of mortgage loans for affordable housing for Maine citizens with a limit of $25 million in the aggregate Defeatedd
LRSS Question 13 Nuclear Approves disposal of low-level radioactive waste at an existing facility in Beatty, Nevada Approveda


See also: Michigan 1989 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Proposal A Taxes Increase the sales/use tax from 4 cents to 4 1/2 cents Defeatedd
LRCA Proposal B Taxes Increase the sales tax to 6 cents, reduce school property taxes Defeatedd

New Jersey

See also: New Jersey 1989 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
BI Public Question 1 Bonds $300 million in bonds to acquire land for recreation and conservation Approveda
BI Public Question 2 Bonds $125 million in bonds for facilities for developmentally disabled and mentally ill Approveda
BI Public Question 3 Bonds $50 million in bonds for stormwater management and sewer overflow abatement Approveda
BI Public Question 4 Bonds $115 million in bonds for the rehabilitation of bridges and acquisition of railroad rights-of-way Approveda
LRSS Public Question 5 Bonds Allowable uses of bonds previously sold for hazardous discharge clean-up Approveda

North Dakota

See also: North Dakota 1989 ballot measures

December 5
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Measure 1 State Exec Creates new executive branch article mandating branch reorganization Defeatedd
LRSS Measure 2 Legislature Allows state legislators to participate in public employee retirement program Defeatedd
LRSS Measure 3 Taxes Increases motor vehicle fuel and special fuel tax rates Defeatedd
LRSS Measure 4 Taxes Increases sales, use, motor vehicle excise and aircraft excise tax rates Defeatedd
LRSS Measure 5 Transportation Requires use of safety belts Defeatedd
LRSS Measure 6 Gambling Allows use of electronic video gaming devices to conduct games of chance Defeatedd
LRSS Measure 7 Taxes Increases individual income tax rates Defeatedd
LRSS Measure 8 Healthcare Provides a comprehensive health education program Defeatedd


See also: Ohio 1989 ballot measures

November 7
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Issue 1 State Exec Provides the Governor to nominate a replacement for Lieutenant Governor, and for the General Assembly to approve, in case of vacancy Approveda


See also: Oklahoma 1989 ballot measures

March 14
Type Title Subject Description Result
CICA State Question 620 Legislature Changes the dates and times of regular legislative sessions Approveda


See also: Oregon 1989 ballot measures

May 16
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Measure 1 Taxes Revises the tax base limits of school districts and permits the merging of school districts to form new tax bases Approveda

June 27

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Measure 1 Property Permits the state to utilize proceeds from forfeited property as determined by the Legislative Assembly Defeatedd
LRCA Measure 2 Business Prohibits the sale or export of timber from state-owned lands unless that timber is processed in Oregon Approveda


See also: Texas 1989 ballot measures

November 7
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Proposition 1 Gov't salaries Bases the salary of the governor, speaker of the house and legislators off of the governor's salary Defeatedd
LRCA Proposition 2 Bonds Issues additional bonds for water supply, water quality, and flood control Approveda
LRCA Proposition 3 Gov't finances Provides state financing of the development and production of Texas products and businesses Approveda
LRCA Proposition 4 Veterans Exempts nonprofit veterans organizations from ad valorem taxes Approveda
LRCA Proposition 5 Taxes Exempts certain personal property in the state temporarily from taxes Approveda
LRCA Proposition 6 Term limits Authorizes the members of a hospital district governing board to serve four-year terms Approveda
LRCA Proposition 7 Gov't acc Requires elected officials to sign an oath stating that they did not engage in bribery to obtain office Approveda
LRCA Proposition 8 Bonds Authorizes the issuance of general obligation bonds for certain corrections projects Approveda
LRCA Proposition 9 Law enforcement Organizes and combines various state agencies that perform criminal justice functions Approveda
LRCA Proposition 10 Criminal trials Requires courts to inform juries about the effect of good conduct time and eligibility for parole Approveda
LRCA Proposition 11 Gov't salaries Sets legislator per diem at federal income tax living expenses deduction rate Defeatedd
LRCA Proposition 12 Bonds Uses the permanent school fund to guarantee bonds for the purpose of aiding school districts Approveda
LRCA Proposition 13 Law enforcement Provides a bill of rights for crime victims Approveda
LRCA Proposition 14 Local gov't Requires a district attorney serving in Fort Bend County to be elected and serve a term Approveda
LRCA Proposition 15 Gambling Permits raffles conducted by certain nonprofit organizations Approveda
LRCA Proposition 16 Healthcare Grants the people the right to create hospital districts independent of the legislature Approveda
LRCA Proposition 17 Gov't finances Authorizes the state to provide various forms of financial assistance to local fire departments Approveda
LRCA Proposition 18 Bonds Eliminates certain time limitations for Texas agricultural water conservation bonds Approveda
LRCA Proposition 19 Gov't finances Authorizes local governments to invest their funds as provided by law Approveda
LRCA Proposition 20 Local gov't Abolishes the office of county surveyor in seven counties Approveda
LRCA Proposition 21 Bonds Issues general obligation bonds as college savings bonds Approveda


See also: Washington 1989 ballot measures

November 7
Type Title Subject Description Result
ITL Initiative 102 Taxes Provides $360 million for child and family services through a new tax Defeatedd
LRCA SJR 8200 Law Enforcement Grants the victims of crimes certain rights Approveda
LRCA SJR 8202 Judiciary Redefines the process and authority of the Judicial Conduct Commission Approveda
LRCA SJR 8210 Water Permits local governments to finance private efforts to conserve water Approveda


See also: Wisconsin 1989 ballot measures

April 4
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Question 1 Taxes Income tax credits against property and sales tax obligations Defeatedd

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