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Potential 2016 ballot measures

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This page contains potential statewide ballot meausures that have been filed, are being reviewed or have begun circulation to obtain signatures for it to be placed on a 2016 primary or general election ballot. A list of measures that did not qualify for the 2016 ballot can be found here.

See also 2016 ballot measures for ballot measures that are already confirmed for a 2016 ballot, and filed initiatives

Alaska

See also: Alaska 2016 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description
CISS Setnet Ban Initiative Fishing Bans the use of set nets in urban areas
CISS Criminal Penalties for Public Officials Initiative Gov't acc Imposes criminal penalties on public officials for nepotism

Arizona

See also: Arizona 2016 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description
CISS Marijuana Legalization Initiative Marijuana Legalizes marijuana for individuals older than 21 years of age
CISS Industrial Hemp Farming Initiative Marijuana Allows industrial hemp farming by registered persons
LRCA Supermajority Required for Constitutional Changes Amendment Supermajority Increases the number of votes required to approve a proposed constitutional amendment to 60 percent


Arkansas

See also: Arkansas 2016 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description
CICA Same-Sex Marriage Amendment Marriage Allows for same-sex marriage in the state
CICA Hemp and Marijuana Legalization Amendment Marijuana Legalizes the use and possession of marijuana for people ages 21 and older
CISS Campaign Finance Reform Initiative Elections and campaigns Changes process of disclosing campaign donors, supports amendment to U.S. Constitution

California

See also: California 2016 ballot propositions

Initiatives

Initiatives

Type Title Subject Description
Initiative Marijuana Legalization Initiative Marijuana Legalizes recreational marijuana

Referrals

Type Title Subject Description
LRCA Legislative Control over University of California Amendment Education Subjects the UC system and Regents to legislative control as provided by statute

As of February 20, 2015, these initiatives are pending review.

Type Identifying # Proponent Received by AG Title expected Working title
CICA #14-0013 John Smith December 29, 2014 February 20, 2015 "Secret Abortions" Initiative
CICA #14-0014 John Smith December 31, 2014 February 24, 2015 "Secret Abortions" Initiative
CISS #15-0001 Ben Davis Jr. January 7, 2015 March 13, 2015 Nuclear Waste Regulation Initiative
CISS #15-0002 Ben Davis Jr. January 7, 2015 March 13, 2015 Electric Utility District Initiative
CICA #15-0003 Dean Cortopassi January 7, 2015 March 13, 2015 Public Vote on Bonds
CISS #15-0004 Michael Weinstein January 12, 2015 March 18, 2015 Condoms in Pornographic Films
CISS #15-0005 Thomas W. Hiltachk January 12, 2015 March 18, 2015 Public Education Facilities Bond
CISS #15-0006 Louis J. Marinelli February 20, 2015 Devolution Panel Initiative

As of February 19, 2015, these measures have been approved for circulation.

Type Title Description Signature deadline
CICA 14-0010 Resident Deportation Ban Initiative March 30, 2015
CICA 14-0012 "Innocent Human Life" Initiative August 17, 2015

As of December 29, 2014, the campaign for the following initiative has submitted signatures in order to qualify the initiative for the ballot.

Type Title Subject Description

Florida

See also: Florida 2016 ballot measures

Initiatives:

Type Title Subject Description
CICA Right to Medical Marijuana Initiative Marijuana Grants the right to use marijuana for the treatment of certain ailments when recommended by a physician
CICA Voting Rights Restoration for Felons Initiative Suffrage Restores the right to vote for most people with prior felony convictions upon completion of their sentences
CICA Right to Produce and Sell Solar Energy Initiative Energy Permits businesses and individuals to produce up to 2 megawatts of solar power and sell that power to others
CICA Acupuncture Healthcare Coverage Initiative Healthcare Provides for basic acupuncture coverage for certain illnesses and conditions through insurances
CICA Complementary and Alternative Healthcare Coverage Initiative Healthcare Requires health insurance to provide coverage for complementary and alternative health treatments
CICA Minimum Wage Increase Initiative Min Wage Increases the hourly minimum wage to $12.50

Referrals:

Type Title Subject Description
LRCA Voting Rights Restoration for Felons Amendment Suffrage Restores the right to vote for people with prior felony convictions upon completion of their sentences, restoration of their civil rights and removal of their disabilities

Georgia

See also: Georgia 2016 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description
LRCA Marijuana Legalization Amendment Marijuana Authorizes the legislature to legalize recreational marijuana
LRCA Independent School System Amendment Education Allows municipalities to establish independent school districts

Hawaii

See also: Hawaii 2016 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description
LRCA Lower Voting Age to Sixteen Amendment Suffrage Lowers the voting age for state and local elections to 16
LRCA Referendum Amendment Direct Democracy Provides for a referendum process
LRCA Recall Amendment Recall Provides for the power to recall elected officials
LRCA Political Affiliation Requirement Amendment Suffrage Requires a voter to declare party preference or nonpartisanship
LRCA Legislative Term Limits Amendment Term Limits Limits legislators to serving a maximum of 12 consecutive years in the legislature
LRCA Crime Victims' Bill of Rights Amendment Trials Creates a crime victims' bill of rights
LRCA Threshold Value Requirement for Civil Trials Trials Increases the threshold value in controversy requirement for jury trials in civil cases at common law from $5,000 to $10,000
LRCA Same-Sex Marriage Ban Amendment Marriage Prohibits same-sex marriages
LRCA Unicameral Legislature Amendment Legislature Creates a unicameral legislature in place of the state’s bicameral legislature
LRCA Residency Requirement for Legislative Candidates Amendment Legislature Requires that a state legislative candidate must live in the district that he or she is running in for at least twelve preceding months
LRCA Residency Requirement for Department Officials Amendment State Exec Repeals the residency requirement for appointments to state departments
LRCA Elected Attorney General Amendment State Exec Provides that the Attorney General be elected, rather than appointed
LRCA Resign-to-Run Amendment Elections Requires local and state public officers to resign in order to run for a state or federal office that begins before the end of the term for their current office
LRCA Initiative, Referendum and Recall Amendment Direct Democracy Provides for initiative, referendum and recall
LRCA Supermajority Vote to Raise Taxes Amendment Legislature Requires a two-thirds vote in the legislature to raise or create new taxes
LRCA Original Purpose of Bills Amendment Legislature Prohibits a bill from become law if it losses its original purpose throughout the legislative process
LRCA Electronic Bills Amendment Legislature Allows electronic copies of bill to be distributed to legislators
LRCA Local School Boards Amendment Education Abolishes the statewide board of education and establishes at least seven elected local school boards
LRCA Jurisdiction over the University of Hawaii Amendment Education Divests the board of regents of exclusive jurisdiction over the University of Hawaii
LRCA Repeal of Regent Candidate Advisory Council Amendment Education Repeals the requirement that appointments to the board of regents be made from a pool of candidates picked by a candidate advisory council
LRCA Maturation of General Obligation Bonds Amendment Bonds Requires the first principal installment of general obligation bonds to mature not later than one year from the date of issuance
LRCA Reapportionment Commission from Four Island Units Amendment Redistricting Requires the reapportionment commission be composed of members from each of the four basic island units
LRCA Appropriation Exemption for Educational Facilities Fund Amendment Gov't Finances Repeals exemption from appropriations requirement for the state educational facilities improvement fund

Idaho

See also: Idaho 2016 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description
CISS Medical Marijuana Initiative Marijuana Legalizes medical marijuana
CISS Privatization of Liquor Sales Initiative Alcohol Privatizes the state's liquor industry

Maine

See also: Maine 2016 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description
IndISS Ranked Choice Voting Initiative Elections Establishes statewide ranked-choice voting
IndISS Marijuana Legalization Initiative Marijuana Legalizes, regulates and taxes marijuana
IndISS Legalize Marijuana Initiative Marijuana Legalizes, regulates and taxes marijuana as an agricultural product


Maryland

See also: Maryland 2016 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description
LRCA Judicial Retirement Age Amendment Judiciary Increases the required age of retirement for judges from 70 to 75
LRCA Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Fund Amendment Gov't Finances Creates a Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays 2010 Trust Fund

Massachusetts

See also: Massachusetts 2016 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description
Initiative Marijuana Legalization Initiative Marijuana Legalizes recreational marijuana

Minnesota

See also: Minnesota 2016 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description
LRCA Gender Equality Amendment Civil Rights Guarantees equal rights regardless of gender
LRCA Electronic Data Protection Amendment Civil Rights Protects electronic data from unreasonable searches and seizures
LRCA Gubernatorial Approval of Constitutional Changes Amendment State Exec Requires gubernatorial approval of constitutional amendments
LRCA Two-Thirds Vote on Constitutional Changes Amendment Legislature Requires a two-thirds vote in the legislature in order to place a constitutional amendment on the ballot

Mississippi

See also: Mississippi 2016 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description
IndICA Marijuana Legalization Initiative Marijuana Legalizes recreational marijuana
IndICA "Confederate Heritage" Amendment History Establishes Christianity as official religion, English as official language, and April as "Confederate Heritage Month"
IndICA Initiative 44 Direct Democracy Grants citizens the power of veto referendum
IndICA Initiative 45 School Choice Empowers the legislature to develop a system of issuing vouchers for school choice

Missouri

See also: Missouri 2016 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description
LRCA Abolition of Grand Juries Amendment Trials Abolishes grand juries in Missouri
CICA Marijuana Legalization Initiative Marijuana Legalizes marijuana for individuals older than 21 years of age
CICA Campaign Contribution Reform Initiative Elections Establishes limits and regulations on campaign contributions
CICA Legislative Limitations Initiative Legislature Establishes limits and regulations on legislators


Montana

See also: Montana 2016 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description
CICA Marijuana Legalization Initiative Marijuana Permits adults to purchase, consume, produce and possess marijuana
LRCA Concealed Weapons Amendment Firearms Removes constitutional language allowing the regulation of concealed weapons
LRCA Personhood Definition Amendment Abortion Defines "person" as all members of the species Homo sapiens at any stage of development, including conception
LRSS Lower State Income Tax Rates Measure Taxes Lowers the state's income tax rates

Nebraska

See also: Nebraska 2016 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description
LRCA Increased Term Lengths and Limits Amendment Term Limits Increases the length of terms for legislators from four years to six years

Nevada

See also: Nevada 2016 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description
IndISS Marijuana Legalization Initiative Marijuana Legalizes, regulates and taxes recreational marijuana
IndISS Background Checks for Gun Purchases Initiative Firearms Requires that an unlicensed person who wishes to sell or transfer a firearm to another person conduct the transfer through a licensed gun dealer who runs a background check
LRCA State Legislature Revision Amendment Legislature Provides for annual regular sessions, authorizes legislature to hold sessions outside the capital, establishes a minimum monthly salary for legislators and requires consent of the senate for certain executive appointments

New Hampshire

See also: New Hampshire 2016 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description
LRCA Age to Vote in Presidential Primary Amendment Suffrage Allows a person who will be 18-years old at the time of a presidential election to vote in the primary election

New Mexico

See also: New Mexico 2016 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description
LRCA Marijuana Legalization Amendment Marijuana Legalizes recreational marijuana for those 21 years of age or older
LRCA Independent Police Review Boards Amendment Law Enforcement Creates an independent police review board tasked with addressing citizen complaints
LRCA Independent Redistricting Commission Amendment Redistricting Creates an independent redistricting commission
LRCA Legislative Supermajority for Constitutional Changes Amendment Supermajority Requires a two-thirds vote in the legislature to place constitutional amendments on the ballot
LRCA Motor Vehicle Tax Revenue Appropriations Amendment Transportation Designates for what tax revenue from motor vehicles can be appropriated

New York

See also: New York 2016 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description
LRCA Initiative and Referendum Amendment Direct Democracy Provides for an initiative and referendum process
LRCA Age to Vote in Presidential Primary Amendment Suffrage Allows a person who will be 18-years old at the time of a presidential election to vote in the primary election
LRCA District Court Judges to Serve in Family Courts Amendment Judiciary Allows a district court judge to temporarily serve as a family court judge
LRCA Peconic County Amendment Local Gov't Creates a Peconic County out of Suffolk County
BI Alzheimer's Research Bond Act Bonds Authorizes $1 billion in state bonds to fund research grants and financing collaborations related to the research of Alzheimer's disease

North Carolina

See also: North Carolina 2016 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description
LRCA Eminent Domain Amendment Property Prohibits eminent domain except for public use and provides for just compensation
LRCA Department of Education Amendment Education Eliminates the State Board of Education and Superintendent of Public Instruction and, in lieu, establishes a Department of Education with an appointed head
LRCA Independent Redistricting Commission Amendment Redistricting Establishes an independent redistricting commission

North Dakota

See also: North Dakota 2016 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description
LRCA Rejection of Unconstitutional Actions Amendment Fed Con Provides that the use of state personnel and financial resources are employed only for purposes congruent with the US Constitution

Oregon

See also: Oregon 2016 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description
LRCA Gubernatorial Impeachment Amendment State Exec Establishes procedures for impeaching the governor
CISS Trapping Ban Initiative Hunt & Fish Places restrictions on the use of different types of trapping practices used in hunting
CISS $15 Minimum Wage Initiative Minimum wage Increases the state's hourly minimum wage to $15
CISS Universal Background Checks Initiative Firearms Requires background checks for all firearms sales and transfers
CICA Lottery Proceeds for Veterans' Services Amendment Lottery Requires 5 percent of lottery proceeds be distributed to finance veterans' services
CICA County Distribution of Lottery Proceeds Amendment Lottery Distributes 50 percent of lottery proceeds to counties
CICA Protect Hunting and Fishing Amendment Hunt & fish Protects the right of the people to hunt and fish

Pennsylvania

See also: Pennsylvania 2016 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description
LRCA Initiative and Referendum Amendment Direct Democracy Provides for the initiative and referendum process
LRCA Size of Legislature Reduction Amendment Legislature Reduces the size of the state legislature

South Carolina

See also: South Carolina 2016 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description
LRCA Superintendent of Education Amendment Education Makes the Superintendent of Education an appointed position, rather than an elected one
LRCA Myrtle Beach Casinos for Transportation Funding Amendment Gambling Permits casinos in and around Myrtle Beach to fund transportation infrastructure improvements
AQ Minimum Wage Increase Question Min Wage Advises the legislature to increase the state's hourly minimum wage to one dollar above the federal minimum wage

Utah

See also: Utah 2016 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description
LRCA Party Candidate Selection Amendment Elections Gives political parties the power to decide how to select their candidates

Virginia

See also: Virginia 2016 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description
LRCA Civil Rights Restoration for Felons Amendment Suffrage Authorizes the legislature to provide for the restoration of civil rights to nonviolent felons who have completed their sentences
LRCA Charter School Establishment Amendment Education Empowers the Board of Education to establish charter schools within school divisions
LRCA Independent Redistricting Commission Amendment Redistricting Establishes a nonpartisan independent redistricting commission to draw congressional and legislative districts

West Virginia

See also: West Virginia 2016 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description
LRCA Right to Hunt, Fish and Harvest Amendment Hunt & Fish Provides for the right to hunt, fish and harvest wildlife
LRCA Supermajority Vote for Tax Increases Amendment Supermajority Requires a 60 percent vote in the legislature to create new or increase existing taxes and fees
LRCA Board of Education Membership Amendment Education Composes the Board of Education with elected and appointed members
LRCA Future Fund Amendment Gov't Finances Establishes a “West Virginia Future Fund”
LRCA Homestead Exemption Increase Amendment Taxes Increases the homestead exemption from $20,000 to $30,000
LRCA Homestead Exemption Calculation Amendment Taxes Provides a method of calculating the homestead exemption based on the value of the property by county

Wisconsin

See also: Wisconsin 2016 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description
AQ Amendment to Overturn Citizens United Ruling Question Elections Asks Wisconsin’s congressional delegation to propose and support a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United v. F.E.C.
LRCA Same-Sex Marriage Amendment Marriage Repeals the constitutional ban on same-sex marriage
LRCA Legislative Supermajority for Tax Increases Amendment Taxes Prohibits the legislature from increasing the sales, income or franchise tax unless the bill is approved by a two-thirds majority

Wyoming

See also: Wyoming 2016 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description
LRCA Superintendent of Public Instruction Amendment Education Eliminates the state superintendent of public instruction and assign public education oversight to the governor
CISS Marijuana Legalization Initiative Marijuana Legalizes recreational marijuana with amount and user age restrictions