California's propositions thrust BP's Tuesday Count to 145
By Bailey Ludlam
Ballot measures across the country are adding up and the political spectrum for the Fall ballot is being set. According to Ballotpedia's Tuesday Count, this week there are a total of 145 certified ballot measures on 34 statewide ballots. A grand total of four measures to the count this week.
A flood of measures were certified this week by the California Secretary of State. The six filed and certified propositions touch on a range of topics: environment, state spending, taxes and redistricting. A full list of the certified measures can be found here.
Additions to the ballot, however, weren't the only changes this past week. Two measures were removed from ballots in Rhode Island and Ohio. The Rhode Island Casino Gambling Amendment was vetoed by Gov. Donald Carcieri after it was referred to the ballot by the General Assembly. However, that doesn't necessarily mean the measure is dead. The General Assembly has the option of reconvening to override the veto and re-send the measure to the ballot.
Contrary to the governor veto in Rhode Island, Ohioans saw a different situation. On Monday, June 28, supporters of the certified Ohio Slot Machines Veto Referendum announced that they were withdrawing the submitted petitions and dropping their efforts. The measure had previously been certified for the November 2, 2010 statewide ballot. The withdrawal from the Fall ballot clears the way Gov. Ted Strickland's plan to add 17,500 video slot machines to seven horse tracks. Initially state officials estimated that the new slot machines would generate $933 million.
On the legislative side, Gov. Chris Christie has called for a special session beginning July 1, 2010 to consider property tax reform proposals including the "Cap 2.5" Amendment. In Florida, Gov. Charlie Crist is expected to call for a special session to consult on a proposed Florida Oil Drilling Ban Amendment (2010)|Florida Oil Drilling Ban Amendment]]. Originally the governor was anticipated to call for the session in June but later said a July session was more likely.
Petition drive deadlines are coming to an end. In the next two weeks you can expect to see about eight states with ending initiative deadlines. In the past week all four circulating measures in Massachusetts filed signatures with local clerks. But unlike other states, Massachusetts petition process is much more complex. County clerks have until July 2 to verify the filed signatures and submit them to the State Secretary of State for final verification.
After the month of July only three deadlines remain. Colorado and North Dakota petitions must be submitted in August, while Oklahoma's deadline ends in September.
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