1996 ballot measures

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1997
1995

226 statewide ballot measures were on the ballot in 1996 in forty-one states.

Alabama

See also: Alabama 1996 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Amendment 1 Hunting Guarantees the right to hunt and fish in Alabama Approveda


LRCA Amendment 2 Taxes Allow public officials to participate in the state employees' retirement system Defeatedd


LRCA Amendment 3 Law enforcement Removes the prohibition on guilty pleas within 15 days of arrest in non-capital felony cases Approveda


LRCA Amendment 4 Gambling Governing bodies in three cities can allow bingo operations for profit Approveda


LRCA Amendment 5 Gambling Allows Jefferson county to establish monetary bingo prizes Approveda


Alaska

See also: Alaska 1996 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Measure 1 Admin of gov't Defines how Alaska would respond to any changes in the Alaska Statehood Act Approveda


IndISS Measure 3 Hunting A ban on same day airborne hunting of wolf, wolverine, fox or lynx Approveda


IndISS Measure 4 Term Limits Informed voter law Approveda


Arizona

See also: Arizona 1996 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
LR Prop 100 Legislature Allow legislature to set specific dates for certain laws. Defeatedd


LR Prop 101 Taxes Allow legislature to exempt certain properties from tax Approveda


ISS Prop 102 Judiciary Superior Court given exclusive original jurisdiction in matters affecting juveniles Approveda


ISS Prop 200 Marijuana Require certain procedure for sentencing persons convicted of drug-related crimes Approveda


ISS Prop 201 Gambling Tribal gaming compacts Approveda


ISS Prop 203 Healthcare Give part of lottery revenue to Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System Approveda


CR Prop 300 Legislature Salary of $24,000 for state legislators Defeatedd


Arkansas

See also: Arkansas 1996 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Amendment 1 Taxes Establishes a uniform minimum property tax millage rate for maintenance and operation of schools Approveda


LRCA Amendment 2 Taxes Sales tax for various state agencies including fish and game, parks Approveda


LRCA Amendment 3 Initiative and Referendum Modifies procedures for the publication and legal review of statewide initiatives and referenda Defeatedd


CICA Amendment 4 Gambling Establishes a state lottery, permits charitable bingo and casino gambling Defeatedd


CICA Amendment 9 Term Limits An amendment concerning term limits for U.S. Senators and Representatives Approveda


CSS Initiated Act 1 Elections Registration and disclosure requirements for small donor political groups Approveda


California

See also: California 1996 ballot propositions

March 26

Type Title Subject Description Result
LBM Proposition 192 Bonds Provides for a bond issue of two billion dollars to provide funds for a seismic retrofit program Approveda


LRCA Proposition 193 Tax reform New appraisal of real property upon purchase or transfer between grandparents and their grandchild not required Approveda


LRSS Proposition 194 Policing Prisoner's employment in prison does not entitle prisoner to unemployment benefits upon release Approveda


LRSS Proposition 195 Policing Murder during a carjacking, and murder of jurors, added to special circumstances that permit death penalty Approveda


LRSS Proposition 196 Policing Intentional murder by shooting from a motor vehicle added to list of special circumstances for death penalty Approveda


LRSS Proposition 197 Hunting Repeal mountain lion's status as specially protected mammal Defeatedd


CISS Proposition 198 Elections Qualified voters can vote for any candidate regardless of the candidate's political affiliation Approveda


CISS Proposition 199 Rent control Phases out local rent control laws on mobile homes Defeatedd


CISS Proposition 200 Regulation Requires insurer to pay benefits regardless of who is at fault in most motor vehicle accidents Defeatedd


CISS Proposition 201 Judiciary Requires losing party to pay winning party's legal fees in shareholder actions against corporations Defeatedd


CISS Proposition 202 Judiciary Limits contingency fees which plaintiffs' attorneys may collect Defeatedd


LBM Proposition 203 Bonds $3 billion in funds for schools Approveda


November 5

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Type Title Subject Description Result
LBM Proposition 204 Bonds $995 million in state funds for water projects Approveda


LBM Proposition 205 Bonds $700 million to provide funds for local juvenile and adult correctional facilities Defeatedd


LBM Proposition 206 Bonds $400 million to provide farm and home aid for California veterans Approveda


CISS Proposition 207 Judiciary Prohibit restrictions on the right to negotiate amount of attorneys' fees Defeatedd


CISS Proposition 208 Elections Limits on a contributor's campaign contributions Approveda


CICA Proposition 209 Affirmative action Ban discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in public employment/contracting Approveda


CISS Proposition 210 Minimum wage Minimum wage increase to $5.00 per hour on March 1, 1997, and to $5.75 per hour on March 1, 1998 Approveda


CISS Proposition 211 Judiciary Prohibits restrictions on attorney-client fee arrangements Defeatedd


CISS Proposition 212 Elections Repeals existing law limiting gifts and prohibiting honoraria received by public officials Defeatedd


CISS Proposition 213 Judiciary Convicted felons can't recover damages if their injuries were sustained in committing/fleeing their crime Approveda


CISS Proposition 214 Healthcare Restrictions on certain healthcare industry informational practices Defeatedd


CISS Proposition 215 Marijuana Exempts patients and primary caregivers from criminal liability for possessing and growing marijuana Approveda


CISS Proposition 216 Healthcare Healthcare, comsumer protection and taxes on corporate re-structuring. Defeatedd


CISS Proposition 217 Taxes Reinstate 10% and 11% tax rates on taxable incomes over $115,000 and $230,000 Defeatedd


CICA Proposition 218 Taxes Limits authority of local governments to impose taxes and property-related assessments Approveda


Colorado

See also: Colorado 1996 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
CICA Initiative 11 Taxes Eliminates certain property tax exemptions Defeatedd


CICA Initiative 12 Term Limits Instructs Colorado representatives to vote for term limits for U.S. congressional members Approveda


CICA Initiative 13 Direct Democracy Changes initiative and referendum rights and procedures Defeatedd


CICA Initiative 14 Animals Prohibits certain methods of trapping or killing animals Approveda


CISS Initiative 15 Elections Creates new laws regarding campaign finance Approveda


CICA Initiative 16 Property Establishes constitutional law regarding management of state public land trusts Approveda


CICA Initiative 17 Marriage & Family Creates parental rights to direct and control the upbringing, education, values, and discipline of their children Defeatedd


CICA Initiative 18 Gambling Permits limited gaming in the national historic district of the city of Trinidad Defeatedd


LRCA Referendum A Supermajority Changes requirement to pass constitutional amendments from simple voter majority to 60 percent supermajority Defeatedd


LRCA Referendum B Elections Increases the time period for mailing out ballot information to registered voters Approveda


LRCA Referendum C Law Enforcement Authorizes the general assembly to establish qualifications for the office of county sheriff Approveda


LRCA Referendum D Welfare Excludes funds for unemployment compensation from state fiscal limitations Defeatedd


Connecticut

See also: Connecticut 1996 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Victims' Rights Law enforcement Provides certain rights for victims of crime Approveda


Florida

See also: Florida 1996 ballot measures

November 5
Type Title Subject Description Result
CICA Amendment 1 Taxes Requires two-thirds of voters to approve tax increase amendments Approveda


LRCA Amendment 2 Admin of Gov't Relates to timing and authority of the Florida Constitution Revision Commission Approveda


LRCA Amendment 3 Judiciary Allows Judicial Nominating Commission to recommend six names for vacancies and expands authority of Judicial Qualifications Commission Approveda


CICA Amendment 4 Environment Requires a 1 cent per pound levy on Everglades Sugar to support conservation Defeatedd


CICA Amendment 5 Water States that Everglades polluters are primarily responsible for paying pollution reduction costs Approveda


CICA Amendment 6 Environment Establishes a trust fund to conserve and protect the Everglades Approveda


Georgia

See also: Georgia 1996 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
LR Amendment 1 Property Taxes Authorize repeal of personal property tax without referendum Approveda


LR Amendment 2 Education Taxes Authorize school districts to impose a one percent sales tax Approveda


LR Amendment 3 Legislature Legislature to create enterprise zones Approveda


LR Amendment 4 Agriculture Agricultural processing industries may impose a fee on members of industry for promotional purposes Defeatedd


LR Amendment 5 Property Wwners of island property within a constitutional industrial area may remove the property from the industrial area Approveda


LR Referendum A Taxes Exemption from ad valorem taxes on vans owned by religious groups Approveda


LR Referendum B Taxes Exempt property owned by historical fraternal associations from ad valorem taxes Approveda


Hawaii

See also: Hawaii 1996 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
LR Amendment 1 Hurricane Loans Authorizes the use of revenue bonds to finance a loan program for hurricane Approveda


LR Amendment 2 Education Taxes Appropriation of funds for more than three years for public school facilities Approveda


LR Amendment 3 Legislature Ends the exception to lapsing of unencumbered general obligation bond funds Defeatedd


LR Constitutional Convention Hawaii Constitution Whether or not to hold a Constitutional Convention Defeatedd


Idaho

See also: Idaho 1996 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
ISS Proposition 1 Property Taxes Limit property taxes to one percent of value Approveda


ISS Proposition 2 Hunting Prohibit the use of dogs or bait for hunting bear Defeatedd


ISS Proposition 3 Nuclear Waste Agreements for the receipt of additional radioactive waste Defeatedd


ISS Proposition 4 Term Limits Congressional term limits Approveda


LR SJR 111 Health Care Expand options available for public hospital financing Approveda


Indiana

See also: Indiana 1996 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Public Question 1 Criminal Justice Deals with victims' rights Approveda


LRCA Public Question 2 Retirement Allows state retirement funds to be invested in stocks and other securities Approveda


LRCA Public Question 3 Gambling Questions whether horse race meeting be allowed in Marion County Approveda


Iowa

See also: Iowa 1996 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Measure 1 Hunting Revenue from hunting, fishing and trapping license fees may be spent only for hunting/fishing programs Approveda


Kentucky

See also: Kentucky 1996 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Amendment 1 Taxes Eliminate language allowing poll taxes and language requiring separate schools for "white" and "colored" children Approveda


Louisiana

See also: Louisiana 1996 ballot measures

September 21
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Act 98 Business Regulation Provides Local Option on Gaming Approveda


LRCA Act 47 Taxes Property Exemption from Ad Valorem Tax Approveda


November 5

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Amendment 1 Admin of gov't Prohibits state and local officials from participating in public retirement systems Approveda


LRCA Amendment 2 Housing Allows donation of abandoned housing by local governments to nonprofit organizations Approveda


LRCA Amendment 3 Taxes Exempt some goods, tangible personal property and services from sales or use taxes Approveda


Maine

See also: Maine 1996 ballot measures

June 11
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRSS Question 1 Primary Bond issues $4,905,316 in bonds to create a statewide library system Approveda


November 5

Type Title Subject Description Result
CISS Question 1 Term limits Impose term limits on Maine's delegation to the U.S. Congress Approveda


CISS Question 2A Environment Regulations on how much timber could be removed from state lands in any 15 year period. Defeatedd


LR Question 2B Environment Adopt statewide rules governing timber harvesting in Maine Approveda


LR Question 2C Environment Reject both measure 2A and 2B Defeatedd


CISS Question 3 Elections Enact system under which political candidates could be funded by the "Clean Elections Fund" Approveda


LRSS Question 4 Bonds $3 million in bonds for improvements to the state park and historic site facilities Approveda


LRSS Question 5 Bonds $16.5 million to investigate, abate and clean up hazardous substance discharges Approveda


LRSS Question 6 Bonds $11 million in bonds for the Small Enterprise Growth Fund and the Agricultural Marketing Load Fund Approveda


LRSS Question 7 Bonds $10 million for water pollution management facilities Approveda


LRCA Question 8 Elections Increase from 2 to 5 the number of working days that local officials have to certify signatures on initiatives. Approveda


Maryland

See also: Maryland 1996 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Question 1 Judicial reform Alters membership, terms and requirements for the Commission on Judicial Disabilities. Approveda


LRCA Question 2 Admin of gov't Prohibits executive branch appointments by lame duck governor. Approveda


LRCA Question 3 Elections Allows dual office holding by police, fire and rescue workers. Approveda


LRCA Question 4 Elections Authorizes charter counties to hold special elections to fill vacancies on their county councils. Approveda


LRCA Question 5 Elections Permits new methods of election of city council members in Harford county. Approveda


LRCA Question 6 Eminent domain Allows Harford county to take certain property for rights-of-way. Defeatedd


Massachusetts

See also: Massachusetts 1996 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
CISS Question 1 Hunting Prohibits use of leghold traps and snares. Prohibits use of dogs and bait in hunting bear or bobcats Approveda


Michigan

See also: Michigan 1996 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
VR Proposal A Gambling Amend the Bingo Act Defeatedd


LRCA Proposal B Judiciary Attorneys must be admitted to the practice of law for at least five years before becoming a judge Approveda


LRCA Proposal C Veterans Establish within the Constitution the Michigan Veterans Trust Fund and Trust Fund Board of Trustees Approveda


CISS Proposal D Hunting Enact a statute prohibiting the use of bait or dogs to chase or hunt bears in Michigan Defeatedd


CISS Proposal E Gambling Enact a new law to allow up to three casinos in the City of Detroit Approveda


LRSS Proposal G Hunting Natural Resources Commission granted exclusive authority to regulate the taking of game Approveda


Minnesota

See also: Minnesota 1996 ballot measures

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Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Amendment 1 Veterans Authorizes bonuses for veterans of the Persian Gulf War Approveda


LRCA Amendment 2 Recall Provides for recall of elected state officials Approveda


Missouri

See also: Missouri 1996 ballot measures

April 2
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Amendment 4 Taxes Voter approval required for all tax or fee increases that exceed $50 million per year Approveda


August 6

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Amendment 2 Education School districts may increase bond limit up to 15% of district property value with voter approval Defeatedd


November 5

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Amendment 3 State budget Transfer $5 million annually from general revenue fund to facilities maintenance reserve fund Approveda


LRCA Amendment 5 Admin of gov't Establish a state department of aging in the executive branch Defeatedd


LRCA Amendment 6 Bond issue Allow municipalities to issue bonds to build revenue-producing sewer treatment plants Defeatedd


LRCA Amendment 7 State budget Create a "rainy day" fund in the state treasury Defeatedd


CICA Amendment 8 Taxes Extend a sales and use tax for soil and water conservation on state parks and historic sites Approveda


CICA Amendment 9 Term limits Ballots disclose whether candidates for Congress support Congressional term limits Approveda


CISS Proposition A Minimum wage Increase minimum wage to $6.75 and continue 15 cent increases each year Defeatedd


Montana

See also: Montana 1996 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA C-30 Education Combine several stage agencies into the Department of Education Defeatedd


LRCA C-31 Labor State workers' compensation insurance funds can be invested in private corporate capital stock Defeatedd


LRCA C-32 State Legislature Require that the Legislature meet only once every two years Defeatedd


CISS I-121 Minimum Wage Increases the minimum wage, from $4.25 to $6.25 by the year 2000 Defeatedd


CISS I-122 Environmental Protection Increases requirements for treatment of water discharged from mines Defeatedd


CISS I-123 Judiciary Allows lawsuits for civil damages for unlawful threats or intimidation. Prohibits filing of false liens against property Approveda


CISS I-125 Elections Prohibits contributions from corporations to ballot question committees Approveda


CISS I-132 Term Limits Congressional term limits Defeatedd


Nebraska

See also: Nebraska 1996 ballot measures

May 14
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Amendment 1 Law enforcement Enforcement of mediation, binding arbitration agreements and other forms of dispute resolution Approveda


LRCA Amendment 2 State Legislature Readings of legislative bills for final passage Approveda


LRCA Amendment 3 Law enforcement Rights of crime victims Approveda


LRCA Amendment 4 Admin of gov't Tax Equalization and Review Commission Approveda


November 5

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Amendment 1 Gambling Allow legislature to authorize off-track betting on horse racing Defeatedd


LRCA Amendment 2 Government Consolidation Allow consolidation of counties or local government with voter approval Approveda


LRCA Amendment 3 State Legislature Allow state legislators to participate in state employee benefit plans Defeatedd


CICA Measure 409 Term Limits Term limits for U.S. Representatives and Senators Approveda


CICA Measure 410 Initiatives Number of signatures needed to qualify initiatives for ballot Defeatedd


CICA Measure 411 Education "Quality education" a fundamental constitutional right of each person Defeatedd


CICA Measure 412 Taxes Property tax levy limits for governmental subdivisions Defeatedd


Nevada

See also: Nevada 1996 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Question 1 Labor Restrictions on the use of money paid to fund and administer the public employees' retirement system Approveda


LRCA Question 2 Law enforcement Provide by law for certain victims' rights Approveda


LRCA Question 3 Initiatives Revise the method of determining the number of signatures required on recall petitions Approveda


LRCA Question 4 Constitutional language Remove a disclaimer of the State's interest in the unappropriated public lands Approveda


LRCA Question 5 Admin of Gov't Authorize the legislative review of regulations of state agencies Approveda


LRCA Question 6 State Budget Exemptions from the state's debt limit also applies to money borrowed to retrofit state buildings Defeatedd


LRCA Question 7 Admin of Gov't State money may be invested in a company, association, or corporation to stimulate economic development Defeatedd


CICA Question 9A Term Limits Establish term limits for state and local elected officials Approveda


CICA Question 9B Term Limits Term limits for Nevada justices and judges Defeatedd


CICA Question 10 Campaign Finance Establish, limit and define campaign contributions Approveda


CICA Question 11 Taxes Require supermajority vote to increase taxes Approveda


BI Question 12 Bond issues $20 million in bonds for erosion control and restoration of natural watercourses in Lake Tahoe Basin Approveda


LRSS Question 13 Taxes Exemption from sales tax for medical equipment Approveda


LRSS Question 14 Taxes Sales and Use Tax Exemption for Items Sold by Nonprofit Organizations Approveda


LRSS Question 15 Taxes Expansion of Sales and Use Tax Exemption for Aircraft Purchased or Used by Carriers Based in Nevada Defeatedd


LRSS Question 16 Taxes Tax increase bills in state legislature must be considered and approved twice Approveda


CICA Question 17 Term limits Establish term limits for U.S. Representatives and U.S. Senators from Nevada Approveda


New Jersey

See also: New Jersey 1996 ballot measures

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Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Question 1 Bond issues Port of New Jersey Revitalization, Dredging, Environmental Clean-Up, Lake Restoration and Delaware Bay Area Economic Development Bond Act of 1996 Approveda


LRCA Question 2 Taxes Dedication of 4% of corporation tax revenue for hazardous discharge clean-ups, underground storage tank upgrades and clean-ups and the preservation of water quality Approveda


New Mexico

See also: New Mexico 1996 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Amendment 1 State budget Limits distribution of state permanent funds and allows diversification of investments Approveda


LRCA Amendment 2 Elections Permits school districts to incur debt without an election Approveda


LRCA Amendment 3 Elections Provides for the recall of elected county officials Approveda


LRCA Amendment 4 Elections Changes constitutional amendment process to allow independent commission to submit amendments Approveda


LRCA Amendment 5 State legislature Raises per diem and mileage rates for legislators to standard IRS rates Approveda


LRCA Amendment 6 Admin of gov't Abolishes the state corporation commission and creates one regulatory agency for public services Approveda


LRCA Amendment 7 Natural resources Counties authorized to borrow money to buy property for open spaces Approveda


New York

See also: New York 1996 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRSS Proposal 1 Bond issues Authorized a bond for environment and natural resource issues Approveda


North Carolina

See also: North Carolina 1996 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Initiative 1 Judiciary Probation, restitution, community service and work programs may be imposed upon criminal conviction Approveda


LRCA Initiative 2 Law enforcement Victims' rights Approveda


LRCA Initiative 3 Admin of gov't Grants the governor veto power Approveda


LRCA Bond Issue 1 Bonds Bond issue ($1.8 billion) for capital improvements to public schools Approveda


LRCA Bond Issue 2 Bonds Bond issue ($950 million) for roads and highways Approveda


North Dakota

See also: North Dakota 1996 ballot measures

June 11
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Measure 1 State Exec Relates to the duties of the lieutenant governor Defeatedd


LRCA Measure 2 Resources Regards exchanges of state land and mineral rights Defeatedd


LRCA Measure 3 Constitutions Incorporates reference provisions of the Enabling Act of 1889 Approveda


LRCA Measure 4 State Exec Repeals and replaces executive article of the North Dakota Constitution Approveda


CICA Measure 5 Gambling Relates to lotteries conducted in public places Defeatedd


CICA Measure 6 Environment Bans private hazardous waste disposal facilities; Created insurance requirements for other waste disposal facilities Approveda


CISS Measure 7 Labor Changes workers' compensation laws including attorney fees, rehabilitation and payment of claims Defeatedd


CICA Measure 8 Veterans Relates to a veterans' home and funding for that home Defeatedd


LRSS Measure 9 Labor Establishes minimum impairments in workers compensation laws Approveda


November 5

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Measure 1 Admin of Gov't Reduces terms of members of the State Board of Higher Education; changes other membership requirements Approveda


LRCA Measure 2 Trials Places limitations on bringing lawsuits against the state Defeatedd


LRCA Measure 3 Term Limits Increase terms of state representatives from two to four years Approveda


LRCA Measure 4 Gov't Finances Makes veterans' post war trust fund a permanent trust fund Approveda


CICA Measure 5 Term Limits Proposes U.S. Congress term limit changes; changes state term limits Defeatedd


CICA Measure 6 ConCon Calls for national Constitutional Convention to change congressional term limits Defeatedd


Ohio

See also: Ohio 1996 ballot measures

November 5
Type Title Subject Description Result
CICA Issue 1 Gambling Authorizes the establishment of riverboat casino gambling Defeatedd


Oklahoma

See also: Oklahoma 1996 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
CICA State Question 669 Tax & Revenue Property tax limitation Defeatedd


LRCA State Question 670 Judicial reform Change system for calling grand juries via petition Approveda


LRCA State Question 671 Education School districts can't make contracts with superintendents that exceed three years Approveda


LRCA State Question 674 Judicial reform Rights for victims Approveda


LR State Question 675 Tax & Revenue Property Tax - Limits percentage of fair cash value for assessment. Approveda


LR State Question 676 Tax & Revenue Property Tax - Limits the fair cash value of real property. Approveda


LR State Question 677 Tax & Revenue Property Tax - Limits fair cash value on a homestead. Approveda


Oregon

See also: Oregon 1996 ballot measures

May 21
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Measure 23 Trials Increases the necessary minimum value in a controversy for the conflict to obtain a jury trial Approveda


LRCA Measure 24 Direct Democracy Changes the signature requirements for the initiative process Defeatedd


LRCA Measure 25 Legislature Requires a three-fifths majority in the legislature to pass revenue-raising bills Approveda


November 5

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Measure 26 Law Enforcement Inserts language stating that laws for the punishment of crime must be based on three principles Approveda


LRCA Measure 27 Admin of Gov't Empowers the legislature to change and create state agency rules Defeatedd


LRCA Measure 28 Veterans Repeals requirements of pre-service or five-year residency for veterans to receive veterans’ loans Defeatedd


LRCA Measure 29 State Exec Required the governor’s appointees to vacate office after ninety days past a given appointee’s term Defeatedd


LRCA Measure 30 Gov't Finance Requires the state government to pay local governments for costs of state-mandated programs Approveda


LRCA Measure 31 Obscenity Limits free speech protections for “obscenity, including child pornography” to the standards enforced the United States Constitution Defeatedd


VR Measure 32 Bonds Authorizes lottery bonds for a regional light rail in the Portland area and other transportation projects Defeatedd


CICA Measure 33 Legislature Bars the legislature from changing or repealing statutes enacted or approved by voters for five years and only by a three-fifths vote Defeatedd


CISS Measure 34 Hunt & Fish Allows hunters to utilize bait and dogs when hunting for bears or cougars Defeatedd


CISS Measure 35 Health Care Restricts bases on health care providers to worked performed, wages, salary or benefits, bonuses or expense reimbursement Defeatedd


CISS Measure 36 Min Wage Increases the statewide minimum wage to $6.50 per hour Approveda


CISS Measure 37 Environment Requires consumers and dealers to pay deposits on additional beverage cans and gives them the ability to receive refunds for recycling them Defeatedd


CISS Measure 38 Food & Agri Prohibits livestock in or along certain polluted waters Defeatedd


CICA Measure 39 Health Care Forbids government, public and private entities from discriminating among categories of health care providers Defeatedd


CICA Measure 40 Law Enforcement Adds crime victims’ rights to the state constitution and expands evidence admissible in criminal trials Approveda


CICA Measure 41 Labor Mandates that public employees’ earnings be expressed as costs borne by the employer for the employee’s benefit Defeatedd


CICA Measure 42 Education Requires the testing of public school students between 4th and 12th grade and the publication of a report on testing results Defeatedd


CISS Measure 43 Labor Reinstates collective bargaining for public safety employees Defeatedd


CISS Measure 44 Taxes Increases the cigarette and tobacco taxes and allocates revenues Approveda


CICA Measure 45 Labor Raises public employees’ retirement age, with exceptions, bars medical benefits for non-disabled retirees and limits medical benefits Defeatedd


CICA Measure 46 Elections Requires those registered as voters but not voting as “no” votes to determine the outcome on tax and revenue measures Defeatedd


CICA Measure 47 Taxes Reduces property taxes, limits future property tax increases and limits local revenues and replacement fees Approveda


CICA Measure 48 Term Limits Instructs state legislators and members of the state’s congressional delegation to vote for congressional term limits to the federal constitution Defeatedd


Rhode Island

See also: Rhode Island 1996 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
LBM Question 1 Bonds $80.18 million in bonds for transportation projects Approveda


LBM Question 2 Bonds $40.6 million in bonds for telecommunications systems at public colleges Approveda


LBM Question 3 Bonds $33.8 million in bonds for higher education Approveda


LBM Question 4 Bonds $72 million in bonds for Quonset Point/Davisville development Approveda


LBM Question 5 Bonds $4 million in bonds for land acquisition for conservation purposes Approveda


LBM Question 6 Bonds $5 million in bonds for environmental remediation Defeatedd


LBM Question 7 Bonds Bonds for renovation of state owned facilities for accessibility for the disabled Defeatedd


AQ Question 8 Direct democracy Advisory referendum to provide the direct initiative process for statutes. Approveda


South Carolina

See also: South Carolina 1996 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Referendum 1A Judiciary Victims' rights Approveda


LRCA Referendum 1B Judiciary Allows denial of bail to persons charged with violent crimes Approveda


LRCA Referendum 2A Admin of gov't Prohibits convicted felons, or those who have pled guilty or no contest, from serving in the state legislature Approveda


LRCA Referendum 2B Elections Sames as 2A except that it applies to any elected office. Approveda


LRCA Referendum 2C Elections Person who will be 18 by the time of the general election may register and vote in any election during that year Approveda


LRCA Referendum 3 Elections Deletes requirement that voters who move must vote in the precinct where they formerly lived Approveda


LRCA Referendum 4A Judiciary Change in age and experience qualifications for judges Approveda


LRCA Referendum 4B Judiciary Merit selection commission to nominate candidates for judicial positions Approveda


LRCA Referendum 5 Admin of gov't Five-member state retirement systems investment panel Approveda


South Dakota

See also: South Dakota 1996 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Amendment A Education Investment of permanent education funds. Approveda


LRCA Amendment B Taxes Supermajority vote required in state legislature to impose or increase taxes. Approveda


CISS Initiated Measure 1 Term limits South Dakota's Congressional delegation obligated to support a congressional term limits amendment Approveda


Utah

See also: Utah 1996 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Proposition 1 Taxes Modify qualifications for property tax exemption on property owned by veterans Approveda


LRCA Proposition 2 Taxes Amend the revenue and taxation article of the Utah Constitution in regard to mining operations; make technical changes Approveda


LRCA Proposition 3 Judiciary Alter provisions on jury size for certain types of court cases Approveda


LRCA Proposition 4 Education Authorize state to guarantee debt of school districts Approveda


LRCA Proposition 5 Education Expand revenue sources to the State School Fund Approveda


LRCA Proposition 6 Education Specify revenues to be used for education Approveda


Virginia

See also: Virginia 1996 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Amendment 1 Labor Makes employees' retirement funds trust funds Approveda


LRCA Amendment 2 Judiciary Victims' Rights Act Approveda


LRCA Amendment 3 Admin of gov't Authorizes legislature to allow state the right of appeal in all cases Approveda


LRCA Amendment 4 Elections Changes to comply with the National Voter Registration Act Approveda


LRCA Amendment 5 Religion Allows religious groups to incorporate Defeatedd


Washington

See also: Washington 1996 ballot measures

November 5
Type Title Subject Description Result
ITP Initiative 655 Hunting Categorizes hunting certain game species with bait or dogs as gross misdemeanors Approveda


ITP Initiative 670 Term limits Instructs the Secretary of State to issue a ballot notice concerning candidates who oppose congressional term limits Defeatedd


ITP Initiative 671 Gambling Legalizes limited electronic gambling on tribal lands in the state Defeatedd


ITL Initiative 173 Education Allows for the issuing of scholarship vouchers for students to attend voucher-redeeming private and public schools Defeatedd


ITL Initiative 177 Education Allows for "renewed" school districts with publicly-funded non-profit organizations operating "independent" public schools with parental choice and state regulation Defeatedd


West Virginia

See also: West Virginia 1996 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Amendment 1 Hunting Requirement that hunting and fishing license revenues be used for wildlife management Approveda


LRCA Amendment 2 Environment Requirement that a portion of license plate registration revenues be used for non-game wildlife resources Approveda


LRCA Amendment 3 Bonds $550 million bond issue for roads Approveda


Wisconsin

See also: Wisconsin 1996 ballot measures

November 5
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Amendment 1 Elections Prevents persons convicted of felonies or certain misdemeanors from holding public office Approveda


Wyoming

See also: Wyoming 1996 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
VR Term limits referendum Term limits Overturn Senate Enrolled Act 4 Defeatedd


CISS Term Limits Disclosure Term limits Candidates indicate on ballot whether they support term limits Defeatedd


LRCA Amendment A‎ Redistricting Legislative district apportionment Defeatedd


LRCA Amendment B Elections Eliminate most exclusions from the election franchise based on mental status Approveda


LRCA Amendment C Admin of gov't Allow state funds to be invested in corporate stocks under some conditions Approveda


LRCA Amendment D Judicial reform Change name of the judicial supervisory commission and strengthen its authority Approveda


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