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See also: Arizona 1948 ballot measures

November 2
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Proposition 1 Legislature Requires a two-thirds vote of the legislature to call for and convene a special legislative session Approveda
LRCA Proposition 2 Judiciary Consolidates all county superior courts to form one state superior court Approveda
LRCA Proposition 3 Local Gov't Permits a non-resident of a city to be employed as the city manager of that city Approveda
VR Proposition 4 Labor Prohibits the denial of employment due to non-membership in a labor union Approveda
CISS Proposition 5 Labor Provides a merit system for the selection, retention, dismissal and compensation of highway patrol Approveda
CISS Proposition 6 Labor Limits workers’ compensation for those earning over $1,000 per month Approveda
CISS Proposition 7 Admin of Gov't Creates a Civil Service Board to classify positions in the state civil service Approveda
CISS Proposition 8 Pension Establishes a Public Employees’ Retirement Fund to provide retirement, disability, death and withdrawal benefits for state employees Approveda


See also: Arkansas 1948 ballot measures

November 2
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Amendment 39 Elections Permits the legislature to enact a law providing a method for registration of voters Approveda
LRCA Amendment 40 Taxes Removes the 18 mill school tax limit Approveda
CICA Amendment 41 Taxes Abolishes the state property tax Defeatedd
CISS Act 1 Education Proposes an initiative about school district reorganization Approveda
CISS Act 2 Alcohol Amends liquor laws regarding local option elections Defeatedd
CISS Act 3 Elections Provides for direct political party response in general elections Approveda
CISS Act 4 Labor Amends workmen's compensation Approveda


See also: California 1948 ballot propositions

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Proposition 1 Taxes, Veterans Property tax exemption for veterans based on assessed value of property in question Defeatedd
CICA Proposition 2 Alcohol Local control and enforcement of alcohol laws ("local option") Defeatedd
CISS Proposition 3 Labor Railroad Brakemen Approveda
CICA Proposition 4 Welfare Aged and Blind Act Approveda
LRCA Proposition 5 Salaries State legislative salaries to be fixed by statute, rather than by state constitution Defeatedd
CISS Proposition 6 Fishing Regulation of commercial fishing Defeatedd
LRCA Proposition 7 Elections 54 days of precinct residence required for voting eligibility Approveda
LRCA Proposition 8 Judiciary Method for filling Superior Court judicial vacancies Approveda
LRCA Proposition 9 State Executives Rules for gubernatorial succession Approveda
LRCA Proposition 10 Direct democracy Ballot propositions submitted via initiative can only cover one subject Approveda
LRCA Proposition 11 Local governance Rules governing submission of city charters and charter amendments to voters Defeatedd
CICA Proposition 12 Alcohol Local control of intoxicating liquors Defeatedd
CICA Proposition 13 Redistricting Rules governing redistricting of the California State Senate Defeatedd
CISS Proposition 14 Housing Funds for housing Defeatedd
CISS Proposition 15 Fishing Rules governing fishing with fish nets Defeatedd
LRSS Proposition 16 Healthcare Regulations governing chiropractors (change in existing Chiropractic Act) Approveda
LRCA Proposition 17 Labor State Civil Service exemptions Defeatedd
LRCA Proposition 18 Taxes State payments to local governments to make up for tax revenues lost because of tax exemptions Defeatedd
LRCA Proposition 19 Admin of gov't Terms of office of Fish and Game Commissioners Approveda


See also: Colorado 1948 ballot measures

November 2
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Measure 1 Admin of Gov't Provides for the reorganization of the State Department of Education Approveda
LRSS Measure 2 Gambling Provides for authorization, regulation and licensing of horse and other animal racing with parimutuel gambling Approveda
CICA Measure 3 Alcohol Permits political subdivisions to adopt local option laws prohibiting the sale of alcohol Defeatedd
CICA Measure 4 Pension Increases the monthly guaranteed minimum allocation for an old age pension to $55 Defeatedd


See also: Connecticut 1948 ballot measures

November 2
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Question 1 Judiciary Concerns the terms of office for probate judges Approveda
LRCA Question 2 Elections, State Exec Concerns election procedure and terms of office for state executive officials Approveda
LRCA Question 3 Elections Concerns the forfeiture of electoral privileges upon conviction Approveda
LRCA Question 4 Judiciary Concerns judicial nomination and appointment procedures Approveda
Advisory Question 5 Fed Con, War & Peace Concerns the strengthening of the United Nations charter Approveda


See also: Florida 1948 ballot measures

November 2
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Amendment 1 Taxes Provides that all excise taxes on gas and motor fuel products be used for public highway, street and airport purposes Defeatedd
LRCA Amendment 2 Bond issues Relates to the issuance of bonds for educational purposes Defeatedd
LRCA Amendment 3 Redistricting Creates two new senatorial districts within the state for Monroe, Washington, and Calhoun Counties Defeatedd
LRCA Amendment 4 State legislatures measures Relates to the eligibility and compensation of members of the legislature Approveda
LRCA Amendment 5 Constitutional language Relates to legislatively-referred constitutional amendments Approveda
LRCA Amendment 6 State judiciary Provides that retired judges shall be qualified to continue to perform all of the functions of their respective offices when called upon Approveda
LRCA Amendment 7 Taxes Relates to the assessment and collection of all taxes in the county of Saint Lucie Approveda
LRCA Amendment 8 Taxes Relates to the assessment and collection of all taxes in the county of Broward Approveda
LRCA Amendment 9 Taxes Relates to the assessment and collection of all taxes in the county of Volusia Approveda
LRCA Amendment 10 Taxes Relates to the assessment and collection of all taxes in the county of Pinellas Approveda
LRCA Amendment 11 State judiciary Relates to the election of the judge of the court of record in and for Escambia County Approveda


See also: Idaho 1948 ballot measures

November 2
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA SJR 5 Elections Sets guidelines for election of county officers Approveda
LRCA SJR 6 State Exec Determines qualifications for state officers Approveda


See also: Maine 1948 ballot measures

September 13
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Proposed Constitutional Amendment No. 1 Direct Democracy Changes signature requirement for referendum petitions to 10 percent of the vote for governor cast in last gubernatorial election Approveda
LRCA Proposed Constitutional Amendment No. 2 Legislature Allows reimbursement of travel expenses to and from the legislature once each week Approveda
IndISS Barlow Bill Labor and Unions Protects "the right to work" while also prohibiting secondary boycotts, sympathetic strikes and jurisdictional strikes Defeatedd
IndISS Tabb Bill Labor and Unions Protects right of member and non-members of labor organizations to the opportunity to work Defeatedd
IndISS Against Both Labor Union Bills Labor and Unions Refuses both Barlow and Tabb Bills Approveda


See also: Maryland 1948 ballot measures

November 2
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Amendment 1 Admin of gov't Relates to the eligibility of persons to hold public office Approveda
LRCA Amendment 2 Eminent domain Relates to land acquisition by the mayor of Baltimore Approveda
LRCA Amendment 3 Legislature Authorizes the legislature to change the boundaries of Baltimore and the Counties Approveda
LRCA Amendment 4 Term limits Provides that a governor cannot succeed himself after two consecutive terms Approveda
LRCA Amendment 5 Legislature Relates to annual sessions of the general assembly Approveda
LRCA Amendment 6 Eminent domain Authorizes the taking of land for use in off-street parking facilities Approveda
LRCA Amendment 7 Legislature Relates to the consent of the general assembly to certain gifts and bequests for religious purposes Approveda
VR Amendment 8 Term limits Relates to the term of the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles Defeatedd


See also: Massachusetts 1948 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Question 1 Constitution Provides that “the freedom of speech shall not be abridged” Approveda
LRCA Question 2 Gov't Finance Utilizes certain revenues for high purposes Approveda
LRCA Question 3 Elections Provides for the special election of constitutional offices in case of failures to elect them or death prior to them assuming office Approveda
IndISS Question 4 Business Regulates the advertisement of birth control Defeatedd
IndISS Question 5 Labor Regards the membership in labor organizations as a precondition of receiving employment Defeatedd
IndISS Question 6 Labor Requires the annual election of union officers Defeatedd
IndISS Question 7 Labor Requires the annual election of union officers Defeatedd
LRCA Question 8 Fed Con Mandates that no person shall be elected president more than twice Approveda


See also: Minnesota 1948 ballot measures

November 2
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Amendment 1 Taxes Provides for apportionment of an excise tax on petroleum products Defeatedd
LRCA Amendment 2 Admin of gov't Authorizes submission of two or more amendments without a vote Defeatedd
LRCA Amendment 3 ConCon Authorizes the legislature to call for a constitutional convention Defeatedd
LRCA Amendment 4 Veterans Authorizes the state to pay a veterans' bonus Approveda


See also: Missouri 1948 ballot measures

November 2
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Issue 1 Taxes Raises the state fuel tax by 1.5% and eliminated municipal fuel taxes Defeatedd
LRCA Issue 2 Pension Creates a pension for public employees in cities larger than 40,000 people Approveda
LRCA Issue 3 Veterans Creates a $400 bonus for World War II veterans Defeatedd


See also: Montana 1948 ballot measures

November 2
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Amendment 1 Taxes Provides for the remission of delinquent personal property taxes Approveda
LRSS R-51 Taxes Enacts a levy to benefit the University of Montana Approveda
LRSS R-52 Bonds Issues bonds to benefit the University of Montana Approveda

North Dakota

See also: North Dakota 1948 ballot measures

June 29
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Amendment 1 Taxes Levies taxes to fund state institutional buildings Defeatedd
LRCA Amendment 2 Veterans Allows bond sale to fund adjusted compensation to veterans of World War II Approveda
LRSS Referendum 1 Labor Makes it unlawful to picket a plant if a strike has been called without an election and a vote for the strike by 51 percent Approveda
LRSS Referendum 2 Labor Requires that persons not be denied work on account of membership status in any labor union or labor organization Approveda
CISS Initiative 1 Education Prohibits public school teachers from wearing religious garb Defeatedd
CISS Initiative 2 Transportation Prohibits parking meters in political subdivisions Approveda
CISS Initiative 3 Alcohol Repeals law prohibiting sale of alcoholic beverages where commodities other than tobacco and soft drinks are sold Defeatedd

November 2

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Municipal Liquor Referendum Alcohol Permits municipal liquor stores Defeatedd
LRCA Legislature Salaries Referendum Gov't Salaries Authorizes the legislative assembly to fix the compensation and expenses of the elective officers Defeatedd
LRCA Post War Rehabilitation Referendum Taxes Permits a 10 year special two-mill levy to be credited to the post-war rehabilitation reserve fund Defeatedd
LRCA Medical Center Referendum Taxes Levies one mill to produce a fund for the North Dakota State Medical Center at the University of North Dakota Approveda
CISS Repeal Parking Meter Initiative Transportation Legalizes parking meters in political subdivisions Defeatedd


See also: Oklahoma 1948 ballot measures

July 6
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA State Question 327 Taxes Provides for an ad valorem tax rate increase of up to one mill Approveda
LRCA State Question 328 Education Creates a Board of Regents for Oklahoma Colleges Approveda
LRCA State Question 329 Gov't salaries Provides monthly and per diem compensation for legislators Approveda


See also: Oregon 1948 ballot measures

November 2
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Measure 1 Taxes Allows the establishment of new tax bases after the legal voters therein have authorized the tax levy Defeatedd
LRCA Measure 2 Gov't Finance Indebtedness for State Forestation Approveda
LRSS Measure 3 Law Enforcement Establishes a camp for delinquent boys that would provide them with “useful occupations, discipline, moral and spiritual instruction, academic and vocational education” Approveda
VR Measure 4 Energy Requires the hydroelectric commission to define the rate of return and amortization in licensing and provides that the state or any municipality can take over any hydroelectric project at fair value Defeatedd
CICA Measure 5 Suffrage Requires that all voters in school elections to have resided in the school district for the six months immediately preceding such an election and read and write English Approveda
CISS Measure 6 Pension Provides funds to “needy” female citizens, 60 or older, and male citizens, 65 or older, of $50 per month for food, clothing, housing, medical and other needed care Approveda
CISS Measure 7 Taxes Institutes income tax exemptions of $750 for a single person and $1,500 for a married couple and requires that every person who’s income exceeds $4,000 to file income taxes Approveda
CISS Measure 8 Alcohol Authorizes the issuance of dispensing licenses to hotels, restaurants, clubs and common carriers, permits mixing, serving and selling of alcoholic beverages and requires annual license fees and a liquor tax Defeatedd
CICA Measure 9 Veterans Authorizes the World War II Veterans’ State Aid Fund to pay a cash bonus of $15 per month for service and an additional $10 per month of service on foreign soil to honorably discharged veterans Defeatedd
CISS Measure 10 Hunting Bans the use of fixed appliances, such as traps, seines and pound nets, for catching salmon and trout in the Columbia River watershed Approveda
VR Measure 11 Taxes Levies a tax amounting to $6,430,069.10 to meet appropriations and expenditures for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1949 Defeatedd

South Dakota

See also: South Dakota 1948 ballot measures

November 2
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Veterans' Bonus Veterans Grants World War II veterans' bonus Approveda
LRCA Legislative Reapportionment Redistricting Provides for legislative reapportionment Approveda
LRCA Legislative Vacancies Legislature Allows governor to fill legislative vacancies Approveda
LRCA New Lease Options Property Allows lessees of public lands an option on a new lease Approveda
LRCA Tax on Public Shooting Areas Taxes Allows local unites on tax on public shooting areas Approveda
VR Liquor Labeling Alcohol Prescribes age of liquor and size of container Defeatedd
IndISS Sale of Liquor with Food Alcohol Prohibits sale of liquor where food is sold Defeatedd


See also: Washington 1948 ballot measures

November 2
Type Title Subject Description Result
ITP Initiative 169 Veterans Provides additional compensation for veterans of World War II Approveda
ITP Initiative 171 Alcohol Regulates the sale of alcohol by the drink and provides for less distribution of alcohol serving licenses Approveda
ITP Initiative 172 Welfare Provides a minimum standard of living of $60 per month for senior and low-income blind citizens Approveda
ITL Initiative 13 Alcohol Bans the sale of alcohol by any person other than the State of Washington Defeatedd
LRCA HJR 4 Term Limits Repeals limitations on the number of consecutive terms a county officer can hold Approveda
LRCA HJR 13 Local Gov't Permits the formation of combined city-county charters where the population is 300,000 or more Approveda
LRCA SJR 4 Gov't Salaries Permits the state legislature to fix the salaries of elected state officials Approveda
LRCA SJR 5 Local Gov't Allows counties to adopt "home rule" charters Approveda


See also: Wisconsin 1948 ballot measures

November 2
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Question 1 Eminent domain Allows municipalities to take private property for public use without the necessary use of a jury Defeatedd
AQ Question 2 Veterans Approves the legislature to create a 3% retail sales tax to raise $200 million for WWII veterans bonuses Defeatedd