Nebraska Dissolution of Class I School Districts Referendum, Initiative Measure 422 (2006)

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The Nebraska Dissolution of Class I School Districts Referendum, also known as Initiative Measure 422, was a veto referendum on the November 7, 2006 general election ballot in Nebraska, where it was defeated.[1]

The question was on whether to retain a law, LB 126, passed by the Nebraska State Legislature that dissolved all "Class 1" schools in the state. A "yes" vote on the referendum question was a vote in favor of retaining LB 126; a "no" vote was a vote against LB 126.

Since the measure lost, the supporters of the referendum (the groups and individuals who collected signatures to put it on the ballot), were successful in their goal of overturning the law at the ballot box.

Election results

Initiative 422 (Dissolve Class I School Districts)
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No290,13656.3%
Yes 224,922 43.7%

note: a "Yes" vote means "Retain" and a "No" vote means "Repeal" LB 126.

Official results via: Nebraska Blue Book 2008-09 (p.266)

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

A vote to "Retain" will retain Legislative Bill 126 enacted in 2005 by the First Session of the Ninety-Ninth Nebraska Legislature, and that bill will (1) dissolve all Class I schools districts and repeal the statutes dealing with their formation; (2) attach Class I school districts to Class II, III, IV and VI school districts; (3) distribute Class I territory, assets and liabilities (except for bonded indebtedness); (4) prevent elementary attendance centers for all school districts including former Class I districts from being closed under certain circumstances; (5) provide for certain student transportation requirements; and (6) provide for aid to schools for transition and elementary improvement.
A vote to "Repeal" will repeal Legislative Bill 126 enacted in 2005 by the First Session of the Ninety-Ninth Nebraska Legislature, and that repeal will (1) eliminate dissolving all Class I schools districts and repealing the statutes dealing with their formation; (2) eliminate provisions attaching Class I school districts to Class II, III, IV and VI school districts; (3) eliminate provisions for the distribution of Class I territory, assets and liabilities (except for bonded indebtedness); (4) eliminate provisions which prevent elementary attendance centers for all school districts including former Class I districts from being closed under certain circumstances; (5) eliminate certain student transportation requirements; and (6) eliminate provisions for aid to schools for transition and elementary improvement.

Shall Legislative Bill 126, enacted by the First Session of the Ninety-Ninth Nebraska Legislature be retained? The purpose of Legislative Bill 126 are to: dissolve all Class I schools districts and repeal the statutes dealing with their formation; attach Class I school districts to Class II, III, IV and VI school districts; distribute Class I territory, assets and liabilities (except for bonded indebtedness); prevent elementary attendance centers for all school districts from being closed under certain circumstances; provide for certain student transportation requirements; and provide for aid to schools for transition and elementary improvement.[2]

Campaign finance

Donors to the campaign for the measure:[3]

  • Nebraskans for Local Schools: $159,023
  • Total: $159,023

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