Arizona Train Employee Regulations Referendum, Questions 304 and 305 (1912)

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The Arizona Train Employee Regulations Referendum, also known as Questions 304 and 305, was a veto referendum on the November 5, 1912 ballot in Arizona, where it was approved.

This measure under referendum regulated the number of employees allowed on trains and engines.[1]

Election results

Arizona Questions 304 and 305 (1912)
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 11,123 59.30%
No7,63540.70%

Election results via: Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

REFERENDUM ORDERED BY PETITION OF THE PEOPLE
An Act regulating the number of men to be employed on trains and engine. Vote YES or NO.
304. Yes.
305. No.[1][2]

Legal changes

AN ACT REGULATING THE NUMBER OF MEN TO BE EMPLOYED ON TRAINS AND ENGINES
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ARIZONA:
a.Section 1. A single locomotive, or a single locomotive with its accompanying tender, when operated outside of the yard limits, shall be and shall carry, a crew consisting of not less than one engineer, one fireman and one conductor or flagman; Provided, however, that this Section shall not apply to helper locomotives going or returning a distance of twenty-five (25) miles.
Sec. 2. A passenger, mail or express train, composed of less than six cars, when" operated outside of the yard limits, shall be equipped with and shall carry a crew consisting of not less than one engineer, one fireman, one conductor, one baggage-master, and one flagman; Provided, however, that this Section shall not apply to gasoline motor cars
Sec. 3. A passenger, mail or express train composed of six or more cars, when operated outside of the yard limits, shall be equipped with and shall carry a crew consisting of not less than one engineer, one fireman, one conductor, one baggage-master, one flagman, and one brakeman.
Sec. 4. A freight train composed of less than forty cars, when operated outside of the yard limits, shall be equipped with and shall carry a crew consisting of not less than one engineer, one fireman, one conductor, one flagman, and one brakeman.
Sec. 5. A freight train composed of forty or more cars, when operated outside of the yard limits, shall be equipped with and shall carry a crew consisting of not less than one engineer, one fireman, one conductor, one flagman and two brakemen.
Sec. 6. All local freight trains, doing any switching, or unloading any freight of whatever nature, shall be equipped with and shall carry a crew consisting of six persons, to-wit: one conductor, one engineer, one fireman, two brakemen, and one flagman.
Sec. 7. All trains other than those described in the preceding portions of this Act, when operated outside of the yard limits, shall be equipped with and shall carry a crew consisting of not less than one engineer, one fireman, one conductor, one flagman, and one brakeman.
Sec. 8. That all flagmen mentioned in the preceding sections shall have had at lea5t one year's experience as brakemen.
Sec. 9. All engines used in switching or placing cars within the limits of any railroad yard shall be equipped with and shall carry a crew of not less than one engineer and one fireman.
Sec. 10. That from and after the taking effect of this Act, it shall be unlawful for any railroad company, or for the receiver of any such company, to run upon or over any line of railroad, or any part thereof, within the State of Arizona, any train, locomotive, or engine, which is not equipped with or does not carry for use in its operation, a full crew as herein fixed and prescribed; and each and every railroad company or receiver that, after the taking effect of this Act, shall run upon or over any line of railroad, or any part thereof, within the State of Arizona, any train, locomotive, or engine, which is not equipped with or does not carry' for use in its operation a full crew as herein fixed and prescribed, shall be liable to the State of Arizona for a penalty of not less than One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) for every such offense.
Sec. 11. All suits for penalties under this Act shall be brought and prosecuted to judgment in the name of the State of Arizona, as plaintiff, in a court of competent jurisdiction in the county of Maricopa, or in any county in said State into or through which the defendant's line or railroad may be operated; and such suits shall be brought and prosecuted by the Attorney General, or under his direction, or by the County Attorney of such county.
Sec. 12. Nothing contained in this Act shall apply to relief or wrecking trains in any case where a sufficient number of men are not immediately available to comply with the provisions of this Act; or to any railroad less than forty miles long, including all of its operated lines; or to cases where trains have been sent out or started at the last division point with the requisite number of employes, but, owing solely to the disability or the refusal further to act of some one or more of such employes, the train is left with less than a full crew" Provided, also, that no baggage-master shall be required in the operation of a train upon which baggage is not carried.
Sec. 13. All Acts and parts of Acts in conflict with the provisions of this Act are hereby repealed.[1]

Path to the ballot

The measure was originally part of "House Bill No. 44."

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Arizona Secretary of State, Arizona Supplement Pamphlet, 1912
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.