2003 ballot measures

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


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


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


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


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


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


See also: Mississippi 2003 ballot measures

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

New Jersey

See also: New Jersey 2003 ballot measures

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

See also: New York 2003 ballot measures

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


See also: Ohio 2003 ballot measures

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


See also: Oregon 2003 ballot measures

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


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


See also: Texas 2003 ballot measures

September 13
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Proposition 1 Veterans Provides housing for aged or infirm veterans Approveda
LRCA Proposition 2 Resources Establishes a period for redemption of mineral interests after delinquent tax sale Approveda
LRCA Proposition 3 Taxes Authorizes tax exemptions for religious organizations Approveda
LRCA Proposition 4 Parks Provides for financing of parks and recreation facilities Approveda
LRCA Proposition 5 Taxes Exempts travel trailers from property taxes Approveda
LRCA Proposition 6 Business reg Permits reverse mortgage lending Approveda
LRCA Proposition 7 Trials Permits a six-person jury in misdemeanor trials Approveda
LRCA Proposition 8 Elections Permits a person to assume office without an election if the person is unopposed Approveda
LRCA Proposition 9 Gov't Finances Relates to the use of the Permanent School Fund Approveda
LRCA Proposition 10 Local gov't Allows municipalities to donate surplus fire fighting equipment to rural departments Approveda
LRCA Proposition 11 Business reg Authorizes the operation of wineries Approveda
LRCA Proposition 12 Tort Authorizes the legislature to determine limitations on non-economic damages in lawsuits against health care providers Approveda
LRCA Proposition 13 Taxes Freezes property taxes for disabled and elderly Approveda
LRCA Proposition 14 Transportation Provides authorization to borrow money for transportation projects Approveda
LRCA Proposition 15 Pension Prohibits local retirement system from reducing certain benefits Approveda
LRCA Proposition 16 Business reg Provides rules governing home equity loans Approveda
LRCA Proposition 17 Taxes Prohibits increases in school property taxes on homes of disabled persons Approveda
LRCA Proposition 18 Elections Permits a person to assume an office without an election under certain circumstances Approveda
LRCA Proposition 19 Admin of gov't Repeals the legislature's authority to create rural fire prevention districts Approveda
LRCA Proposition 20 Bonds Issues bonds to defense-related communities for economic development projects Approveda
LRCA Proposition 21 Admin of gov't Allows university faculty members to receive compensation for being on the governing body of a water district Approveda
LRCA Proposition 22 Admin of gov't Authorizes temporary appointments to fill vacancies when officers are called to active military service Approveda


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


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