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1941
1939

Arizona

See also: Arizona 1940 ballot measures

November 5
Type Title Subject Description Result
CICA Proposition 1 Taxes Exempts a bone fide home from property taxation up to $5,000 Defeatedd
LRCA Proposition 2 Property Establishes rules governing the sale and leasing of state lands Defeatedd
LRCA Proposition 3 Business Defines certain types of firms as public service corporations Defeatedd
CICA Proposition 4 Taxes Limits taxes on real and tangible personal property Approveda
CISS Proposition 5 Taxes Defines the statuses, rights, privileges, benefits, immunities and exemptions of tax levying public improvement districts Approveda
CICA Proposition 6 Taxes Establishes a uniform method of assessing, equalizing and levying taxes and imposing a license tax on registered vehicles Approveda
VR Proposition 7 Business Regulates the advertising of dentistry businesses Defeatedd
CISS Proposition 8 Gambling Legalizes games of chance, gambling devices and games Defeatedd
CISS Proposition 9 Gov't Finance Distributes revenues from the gasoline tax amongst cities Defeatedd
CISS Proposition 10 Education Prescribes a state levy for aid to public common and high schools Approveda

Arkansas

See also: Arkansas 1940 ballot measures

November 5
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Amendment 30 Elections Repeals the double primary Defeatedd
LRCA Amendment 31 Gov't Finances Pledges that the state will not reduce revenues from motor vehicle registrations in order to pay refunding bonds Defeatedd
LRCA Amendment 32 Taxes Allows certain personal property tax exemptions Defeatedd
CICA Amendment 33 Local Gov't Proposes an amendment for city libraries Approveda
CICA Amendment 34 Pension Proposes and amendment for police and fireman pensions Approveda
CICA Amendment 35 Hunting & fishing Establishes a Game and Fish Commission Defeatedd
CICA Amendment 36 Pension Proposes and amendment for old age pension plans Defeatedd
LRSS Act 4 Bonds Authorizes issuance of general refunding bonds Defeatedd
LRSS Act 314 State judiciary Requires that court actions must be brought in the county it occurs Approveda
LRSS Act 319 Labor and unions Proposes an initiative for workmen's compensation Approveda
CISS Act 1 Labor Provides payment for employers for compensation of injured employees Defeatedd

California

See also: California 1940 ballot propositions

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Proposition 1 Welfare Release of any obligations and encumbrances taken as security for state aid to aged persons Approveda
LRCA Proposition 2 Welfare Release of all encumbrances taken by counties as security for aid granted to aged persons Approveda
LRCA Proposition 3 Law enforcement Establishment, government and superintendence of all institutions for persons convicted of felonies Approveda
LRCA Proposition 4 Elections Rules governing the manner of making returns of elections for Governor and Lieutenant Governor Approveda
CISS Proposition 5 DST Provides Daylight Saving Time in California between last Sunday in April and last Sunday in September Defeatedd
LRCA Proposition 6 Judiciary California's Superior Courts authorized to review acts of administrative officers and agencies Defeatedd
LRCA Proposition 7 Judiciary Various changes to jurisdictions of the California appellate courts Defeatedd
LRCA Proposition 8 Hunting Creation of the Fish and Game Commission Approveda
LRCA Proposition 9 Taxes Seafaring vessels of over fifty tons exempted from local taxes Defeatedd
LRCA Proposition 10 Admin of gov't Proceedings by local jurisdictions for acquisition or improvement of properties for public use Approveda
LRCA Proposition 11 Public finance State government may acquire and hold shares of stock in mutual water companies Approveda
LRCA Proposition 12 Legislature California State Legislature authorized to appoint legislative committees Approveda
LRCA Proposition 13 Public finance Sale or lease of state park lands containing oil or gas deposits Defeatedd
LRCA Proposition 14 Public finance Apportionment of state funds to local political subdivisions Defeatedd
LRCA Proposition 15 Local governance Limit the power of city treasurers to make temporary transfers of funds Defeatedd
LRCA Proposition 16 Public finance Annual 60-day session of legislature; annual budget; legislature to regulate gubernatorial election returns Defeatedd
LRCA Proposition 17 Insurance Personal liability insurance for government employees and elected officials Defeatedd

Colorado

See also: Colorado 1940 ballot measures

November 5
Type Title Subject Description Result
CICA Issue 1 Taxes Imposes an ad valorem tax on all intangible property in the state Defeatedd
CISS Issue 2 Gambling Establishes a racing commission, legalized horse and dog racing and allocates revenues from such races to the counties Defeatedd
CICA Issue 3 Environment Establishes a Game and Fish Commission and limits game and fish revenues to the conservation of the state’s wildlife resources Defeatedd
CICA Issue 4 Taxes Levies an income tax and requires that revenue derived from the income tax replace property taxes Defeatedd
CICA Issue 5 Pension Provides for a pension of $30 per month to residents of the state over 65 years old Defeatedd

Florida

See also: Florida 1940 ballot measures

November 5
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Amendment 1 Taxes Prohibits state ad valorem taxes on real or personal property except intangible personal property Approveda
LRCA Amendment 2 Prisons Allows for the creation of a Parole Commission Approveda
LRCA Amendment 3 Gambling Allows for the equal allocation and distribution of taxes collected on parimutual gambling Approveda
LRCA Amendment 4 Judiciary Creates a 7th Supreme Court Justice, allows court to act in divisions, and designates the Chief Justice as chief administrative officer Approveda
LRCA Amendment 5 Local Gov't Allows for the creation of County Commissioner’s districts in each county Defeatedd
LRCA Amendment 6 Taxes Provides for a tax exemption for widows of up to $500 Approveda

Idaho

See also: Idaho 1940 ballot measures

November 5
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA HJR 3 Taxes Restricts use of revenues from gas tax and motor vehicle registration fees Approveda
LRCA SJR 5 Gov't Finances Restricts the use of endowment funds Approveda
LRCA SJR 7 Admin of Gov't Gives the legislature the power to prescribe methods of disbursement of moneys Approveda
CISS INIT 1 Alcohol Gives counties the option to decide whether or not liquor can be sold Defeatedd
CISS INIT 2 Alcohol Limits liquor advertising, sets minimum purchase amounts, and prohibits sale of liquor at bars Defeatedd

Maine

See also: Maine 1940 ballot measures

September 9
Type Title Subject Description Result
VR Question No. 5 Elections Changes nominating process in the city of Biddeford's elections Approveda
VR Question No. 6 Law Enforcement Creates Biddeford Police Commission Approveda

Maryland

See also: Maryland 1940 ballot measures

November 5
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Amendment 1 Judiciary Provides for the appointment of the Clerk of the Court of Appeals Approveda
LRCA Amendment 2 Judiciary Establishes Peoples Courts Approveda
LRCA Amendment 3 Taxes Removes the exemption of salaries of judges and other public officers from income tax Approveda
LRCA Amendment 4 Judiciary Sets residential qualifications for Associate Judges of the Third Judicial Circuit Defeatedd
LRCA Amendment 5 State exec Prohibits the governor from succeeding himself for a term directly following the term for which he was elected Defeatedd
LRCA Amendment 6 Judiciary Adds a judge to the seventh judicial circuit Approveda
LRCA Amendment 7 Legislature Limits session of the General Assembly to 90 days Defeatedd
VR Amendment 8 Agriculture Provides for the creation of the Commission of Fisheries Defeatedd
VR Amendment 9 Labor Provides for appointment of members and terms of office for the State Industrial Accident Commission Approveda

Minnesota

See also: Minnesota 1940 ballot measures

November 5
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Amendment 1 Gov't Acc Changes requirements for publishing charter amendments Defeatedd

Missouri

See also: Missouri 1940 ballot measures

November 5
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Issue 1 Salaries Fixes general assembly compensation at $125 per month Defeatedd
LRCA Issue 2 Legislature Calls for revision of state statutes every 10 years starting in 1949 Defeatedd
CICA Issue 3 Judiciary Establishes a nonpartisan system for appointing and electing judges Approveda
CICA Issue 4 Direct Democracy Requires number of signatures on initiative petitions to be based on vote for Governor of Missouri Defeatedd
CICA Issue 5 Hunting & Fishing Repeals the Wildlife and Forestry Code Defeatedd
CICA Issue 6 Transportation Fixes motor vehicle license fees at present rate Defeatedd
CICA Issue 7 Transportation Abolishes municipal gas taxes and provides revenue for rural roads Defeatedd

Montana

See also: Montana 1940 ballot measures

November 5
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRSS R-42 Education Enacts a mill levy for the University of Montana Approveda
LRSS R-43 Bonds Issues a bond for the state hospital for the insane Approveda
CISS I-44 Bond issues Issues bonds for state colleges Defeatedd

North Dakota

See also: North Dakota 1940 ballot measures

June 25
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA County Government Referendum Local Gov't Changes state legislature power in organization and administration of counties and county governments Approveda
LRCA Direct Democracy Referendum Direct Democracy Requires 15,000 signatures for both initiated and referred measures Defeatedd
LRCA Recall Referendum Recall Changes recall petitioning and ballot procedures Defeatedd
CICA Public Service Commission Initiative Admin of Gov't Changes the name of state Board of Railroad Commissioners to Public Service Commission Approveda
CICA Highway Tax Initiative Taxes Allocates highway user taxes to defray cost of construction and maintenance of highways Approveda
CISS Educational Funding Initiative Education Reduces the state's per people payment to schools and increases the emergency funds for schools in distress Approveda
CISS School Funding Initiative 2 Education Reduces the state's per people payment to schools regardless of need and increasing the emergency funds for schools in distress Defeatedd
CISS Sales Tax for Schools Initiative Taxes Earmarking sales tax revenues--7/12ths for the school equalization fund and 5/12ths for the state welfare fund Approveda
CISS School Funding Initiative Education Increasing the funds for financially distressed schools Approveda
CISS Board of Finance Initiative Admin of Gov't Creates a state Board of Finance and Administration to handle all trust funds Defeatedd

November 5

Type Title Subject Description Result
CISS Property Tax Classifications Initiative Taxes Creates three classes of property for tax purposes Defeatedd
CISS Tax Abatement Initiative Taxes Allows the abatement of past, present and future taxes based on excessive valuation Defeatedd
CICA Graduated Land Tax Initiative Taxes Creates a graduated land tax with a homestead exception of $5,000 for legal owner-resident farmers Defeatedd

Oklahoma

See also: Oklahoma 1940 ballot measures

November 5
Type Title Subject Description Result
CICA State Question 215 Taxes Authorizes a graduated land tax Defeatedd
CISS State Question 241 Healthcare Redefines the duties and qualifications for membership of the state Board of Medical Examiners Defeatedd
CISS State Question 253 Taxes Redistributes revenues from various gas- and vehicle-related taxes and fees Defeatedd
LRCA State Question 281 State exec Sets eligibility requirements to hold state executive offices Defeatedd
LRCA State Question 282 Business reg Prohibits public service corporations from having control over another corporation with a parallel or competing line Defeatedd
CICA State Question 289 Alcohol Ends alcohol prohibition, and replaces it with tools for the government to manage and regulate alcohol manufacture, importation, and sale Defeatedd

Oregon

See also: Oregon 1940 ballot measures

November 5
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Measure 1 Term Limits Removes term limits for the Secretary of State and Treasurer Defeatedd
LRCA Measure 2 Taxes Institutionalizes a given tax levy after voters approved such a levy for three successive years prior Defeatedd
LRCA Measure 3 Banking Repeals constitutional provisions regarding the double liability of stockholders of state banks to the depositors of said banks Defeatedd
LRCA Measure 4 Gov't Salaries Fixes legislatures’ pay at $8 per day, refunds legislatures 10 cents per every mile travelled to and from the capital and gives presiding offers an additional one-half daily pay Defeatedd
VR Measure 5 Elections Moves the primary nominating elections from May to September Defeatedd
VR Measure 6 Alcohol Requires licenses to sell alcohol to consumers Defeatedd
CISS Measure 7 Alcohol Repeals a law allowing only the liquor control commission to sell alcoholic beverages and thereby allows private entities to import, manufacture and sell alcoholic beverages Defeatedd
CICA Measure 8 Gambling Legalizes games of skill, provides for the licensing of such and disburses license revenues to public fairs, expositions and old-age public assistance Defeatedd
CISS Measure 9 Food & Agri Repeals the Oregon Milk Control Law, which provides supervision and regulation of the milk industry Defeatedd

South Dakota

See also: South Dakota 1940 ballot measures

November 5
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Taxes for Highways Taxes Provides that motor vehicle and gasoline taxes go to highways Approveda
LRCA Legislative Vacancies Legislature Allows governor to fill legislative vacancies Defeatedd
LRCA Investment of Permanent School Funds Gov't Finances Reduces the interest required for investment of permanent school funds Defeatedd
VR Unemployment Compensation Commission Admin of gov't Abolishes the Unemployment Compensation Commission Defeatedd

Washington

See also: Washington 1940 ballot measures

November 5
Type Title Subject Description Result
ITP Initiative 139 Utilities Requires voter approval for the issuance of bonds, securities, or other financial obligations to public utility districts Defeatedd
ITP Initiative 141 Welfare Provides a $40 monthly grant to those over 65 years of age Approveda
LRSS Referendum 5 Taxes Limits the aggregate annual rate of levy on real and personal property for state, county, city or town, school district and road district purposes to forty mills and limited the tax levy for public universities to two mills Approveda
LRCA SJR 1 Term Limits Repeals the limitations against county officers holding more than two successive terms Defeatedd
LRCA SJR 8 Business Provided that stockholders of banks organized under the laws of Washington be relieved from personal liability to the same extent as stockholders in national banks Approveda
LRCA HJR 13 Gov't Salaries Allows voters or the legislature to increase, decrease, or fix the salaries of state officers Defeatedd

Wisconsin

See also: Wisconsin 1940 ballot measures

April 2
Type Title Subject Description Result
AQ Question 1 Education Advisory whether to repeal a Wisconsin Statute known as the teacher tenure law Approveda