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2004
2002

Sixty-eight statewide ballot measures were on the 2003 ballot in fifteen states.

Alabama

See also: Alabama 2003 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Amendment 1 budgets, spending and finance Establish the Alabama Excellence Initiative Fund which may be used to fund a variety of programs Defeatedd

California

See also: California 2003 ballot propositions

Type Title Subject Description Result
Recall Gray Davis recall Recall Should Democratic Gov. Gray Davis be removed from office? Approveda
LRCA Proposition 53 Gov't Finances Dedicate 3% of general fund revenues to state/local infrastructure Defeatedd
CICA Proposition 54 Administration of government Prohibit govt from racial classifications Defeatedd

Colorado

See also: Colorado 2003 ballot measures

November 4
Type Title Subject Description Result
CICA Initiative 32 Taxes Increases taxable portion of residential property Defeatedd
CICA Initiative 33 Gambling Requires Colorado Lottery Commission to implement state-supervised video lottery program Defeatedd
BI Referendum A Bonds Allows $2 billion in bonds for Colorado Water Conservation Board Defeatedd

Louisiana

See also: Louisiana 2003 ballot measures

October 4
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Measure 1 Environment $35 million from Mineral Revenue Audit Fund go annually to Wetlands Conservation and Restoration Fund Approveda
LRCA Measure 2 Environment Establish Louisiana Coastal Restoration Fund Approveda
LRCA Measure 3 Property rights Authorize legislature to limit extent of recovery for property rights affected by coastal wetlands conservation Approveda
LRCA Measure 4 Education Authorize State Board of Education to supervise public schools determined to be failing Approveda
LRCA Measure 5 Labor Provisions regarding members of board of directors of Louisiana Workers’ Compensation Corporation Approveda
LRCA Measure 6 Transportation Highway Projects Act Approveda
LRCA Measure 7 Admin of gov't Authorize a state infrastructure bank to loan or pledge public funds for infrastructure projects Defeatedd
LRCA Measure 8 Taxes Property tax exemption for drilling rigs Approveda
LRCA Measure 9 Education Lottery proceeds committed to education Approveda
LRCA Measure 10 Admin of gov't System of administrative law to handle administrative adjudications Defeatedd
LRCA Measure 11 Budget Non-recurring mineral revenues don't count toward calculating revenues to be deposited in Budget Stabilization Fund Approveda
LRCA Measure 12 Property rights Constitutional protection given to private ownership of personal property does not apply to contraband Approveda
LRCA Measure 13 Admin of gov't Local governments allowed to to use tax revenues dedicated to economic development to acquire immovable property Defeatedd
LRCA Measure 14 Elections Prohibit legislative auditor and staff from engaging in political activities Defeatedd
LRCA Measure 15 Judicial reform Judge who reaches mandatory retirement age of seventy years may complete current term Approveda

Maine

See also: Maine 2003 ballot measures

June 10
Type Title Subject Description Result
BI Question 1 Development Issues $60 million in bonds to stimulate economic growth and job creation Approveda

November 4

Type Title Subject Description Result
IndISS Question 1A Education Increases state spending on education K-12 from 50% to 55% and expand property taxes Approveda
Question 1B Education Increases state spending on education K-12 from 50% to 55% over the next 5 years and expands taxes Defeatedd
Question 1C Education Rejects both Questions 1A and 1B Defeatedd
IndISS Question 2 Gambling Allows slot machines at horse racing tracks Approveda
IndISS Question 3 Gambling Allows the Passamaquoddy Tribe and the Penobscot Nation to conduct gaming and wagering at a single site Defeatedd
BI Question 4 Water Issues $6.95 million in bonds to clean up water pollution and to work on other water related projects Approveda
BI Question 5 Education Issues $19 million in bonds to improve educational facilities and the state library Approveda
BI Question 6 Transportation Issues $63.45 million in bonds for multiple transportation improvement projects and expansion of the air-medical response system Approveda

Mississippi

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Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Amendment 1 Education How members of state's higher education board are chosen Approveda

New Jersey

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Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Question 1 Bonds Increase cap on amount that can be borrowed by the Garden State Preservation Fund Approveda
LRCA Question 2 Budget Increase authorized uses of revenues from the Corporation Business Tax Approveda
BI Question 3 Bonds $200 million for various projects including flood control Approveda

New Mexico

See also: New Mexico 2003 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Amendment 1 Education Transfers the state Department of Public Education to a cabinet department Approveda
LRCA Amendment 2 Education Provides for a limited additional distribution from the permanent funds Approveda

New York

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Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Proposal 1 State budget Excluded the indebtedness contracted for sewage facilities Approveda
LRCA Proposal 2 Education Called for eliminating small city school districts from constitutional debt limitations Defeatedd

Ohio

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November 4
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Issue 1 Bonds Authorizes $500 million in bonds to "stimulate economic growth" Defeatedd

Oregon

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January 28
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRSS Measure 28 Taxes Increases state income tax rates for three years Defeatedd

September 16

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Measure 29 Gov't Finance Authorizes the state to incur indebtedness for savings on pension liabilities Approveda

Pennsylvania

See also: Pennsylvania 2003 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Amendment 1 Judicial reform Alter provision in state constitution about rights of accused to meet witnesses against them face-to-face Approveda
LRCA Amendment 2 Judicial reform Children testifying in criminal proceedings Approveda

Texas

See also: Texas 2003 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Proposition 1 Veterans Housing for veterans Approveda
LRCA Proposition 2 Resources Redemption of mineral interests after delinquent tax sale Approveda
LRCA Proposition 3 Taxes Tax exemptions for religious organizations Approveda
LRCA Proposition 4 Parks Financing of parks and recreation facilities Approveda
LRCA Proposition 5 Taxes Property tax exemption for travel trailers Approveda
LRCA Proposition 6 Regulation Reverse mortgage lending permitted in state Approveda
LRCA Proposition 7 Judiciary Reduce jury size in a district court criminal misdemeanor case from twelve to six Approveda
LRCA Proposition 8 Elections Person can assume office without an election if the person is the only candidate to qualify for that office Approveda
LRCA Proposition 9 Education Rules governing the Permanent School Fund Approveda
LRCA Proposition 10 Admin of gov't Municipalities allowed to donate surplus fire fighting equipment to Texas Forest Service Approveda
LRCA Proposition 11 Regulation Regulation of wineries Approveda
LRCA Proposition 12 Judiciary Cap on maximum awards in civil lawsuits against doctors/health care providers Approveda
LRCA Proposition 13 Taxes Freeze property taxes for disabled and elderly Approveda
LRCA Proposition 14 Transportation Borrowing authorization for transportation projects Approveda
LRCA Proposition 15 Labor Prohibit gov't retirement system from reducing certain accrued benefits Approveda
LRCA Proposition 16 Regulation Rules governing refinancing reverse mortgage loans Approveda
LRCA Proposition 17 Taxes Prohibit increase in school property taxes on homes of disabled persons Approveda
LRCA Proposition 18 Elections Permit a person to assume an office without an election under certain circumstances Approveda
LRCA Proposition 19 Admin of gov't Repeal the legislature's authority to create rural fire prevention districts Approveda
LRCA Proposition 20 Bond issue $250 million for economic development projects Approveda
LRCA Proposition 21 Labor Faculty members can receive compensation for being on governing body of water district Approveda
LRCA Proposition 22 Elections Temporary replacement officer to serve on behalf of local gov't agency when officer is called to military duty Approveda

Washington

See also: Washington 2003 ballot measures

November 4
Type Title Subject Description Result
ITP Initiative 841 Labor Repeals existing state ergonomics regulations and directs the department of labor and industries not to adopt new ergonomics regulations Approveda
LRCA HJR 4206 Elections Allows a newly-elected officer to take office early if the office falls vacant after the general election Approveda

Wisconsin

See also: Wisconsin 2003 ballot measures

April 1
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Question 1 Hunting Provides that the people have the right to fish, hunt, trap, and take game Approveda

External links

Cover art of California's October 7, 2003 voter guide