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1955
1953

Arizona

See also: Arizona 1954 ballot measures

November 2
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Proposition 1 Alcohol Prohibits the resale of intoxicating liquors on Indian reservations until 1957 Approveda

Arkansas

See also: Arkansas 1954 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Amendment 43 Taxes Property assessment equalization Defeatedd
LRCA Amendment 44 Elections Set the length of the term of the governor at 4 years Defeatedd
LRCA Amendment 45 Admin of gov't Fixed salaries for state, county and district officers Defeatedd
VR Referred Act 285 Taxes Increase in the tax on alcohol Defeatedd

California

See also: California 1954 ballot propositions

Type Title Subject Description Result
LBM Proposition 1 Bonds $175 million in bonds for veterans for assistance in purchasing homes and farms Approveda
LRCA Proposition 2 Bonds $100 million in bonds for construction of public schools Approveda
LRCA Proposition 3 Alcohol Establish a Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control Approveda
CICA Proposition 4 Welfare Increase in aid amount payable to needy elderly from $80 to $100 Defeatedd
LRCA Proposition 5 Taxes Tax exemption for seagoing vessels Approveda
LRCA Proposition 6 Salaries Increase in the pay of state legislators from $300 to $500 per month Approveda
LRCA Proposition 7 Property Amendments to the Torrens Land Title Registration Law Approveda
LRCA Proposition 8 Taxes Tax exemption for commercial and fishing vehicles Defeatedd
LRCA Proposition 9 Taxes Tax exemptions for church properties under construction Approveda
LRCA Proposition 10 Legislature Extend length of the terms of the members of the California State Legislature Defeatedd
LRCA Proposition 11 Taxes Tax exemption for disabled veterans Approveda
LRCA Proposition 12 Elections Voting eligibility rules for those convicted of "infamous crimes" Defeatedd
LRCA Proposition 13 Local governance Rules governing how the City of Vernon constructs and approves its city charter Defeatedd
LRCA Proposition 14 Taxes Tax exemption for higher education non-profits extended to buildings under construction Approveda
LRCA Proposition 15 Taxes Tax exemption for charitable and educational non-profits extended to buildings under construction Approveda
LRCA Proposition 16 Water Water rights of government agencies Approveda
LRCA Proposition 17 Taxes Gas tax and vehicle fee revenues may be spent on planning and construction of vehicle parking facilities Defeatedd
LRCA Proposition 18 Immigration Property ownership rights of resident non-citizens Approveda
LRCA Proposition 19 Judiciary Continuously serving non-lawyer judges of inferior courts as judges of superseding municipal courts Defeatedd
LRCA Proposition 20 Local governance Method of framing county charters Approveda

Colorado

See also: Colorado 1954 ballot measures

November 2
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Measure 1 Utilities Empowers the Public Utilities Commission to regulate public utilities Approveda
LRCA Measure 2 Civil Service Excludes the Director of the Water Conservation Board from civil service Defeatedd
LRCA Measure 3 Terms Provides for four-year long terms for elected state officers Defeatedd
LRCA Measure 4 Pension Requires income deductions from old age pensions Defeatedd
LRCA Measure 5 Redistricting Apportions the House of Representatives based on population Defeatedd
LRSS Measure 6 Law Enforcement Authorizes the issuance of anticipation warrants for highway purposes Approveda
CICA Measure 7 Taxes Alters the taxation of personal property Defeatedd
LRCA Measure 8 Terms Provides for four-year long terms for certain county officers Approveda

Florida

See also: Florida 1954 ballot measures

November 2
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Amendment 1 Legislature Provides for legislative extra sessions with a 3/5ths vote in each house; sets compensation of legislature Approveda
LRCA Amendment 2 Transportation Prohibits use of state funds for toll roads extending more than three counties Defeatedd
LRCA Amendment 3 Judiciary Allows for additional county judges in counties with a population of more than 125,000 Approveda
LRCA Amendment 4 State Exec Gives the Governor 20 days to approve or veto bills instead of 10 Approveda
LRCA Amendment 5 Taxes Allows for county tax assessor to assess municipal tax upon voter approval Approveda
LRCA Amendment 6 Taxes Provides for the County Tax Assessor in Monroe County to assess all property in the county for all tax districts Approveda
LRCA Amendment 7 Judiciary Provides for an additional judge of the Court of Record in Escambia County Approveda

Idaho

See also: Idaho 1954 ballot measures

November 2
Type Title Subject Description Result
CISS INIT 1 Natural resources Requires that dredge mining ground be smoothed over and water replaced Approveda

Maine

See also: Maine 1954 ballot measures

September 13
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Proposed Constitutional Amendment No. 1 Gov't Finances Increases the limit for municipal debt to seven percent Approveda
LRCA Proposed Constitutional Amendment No. 2 Suffrage Provides voting rights for Native Americans Approveda

Maryland

See also: Maryland 1954 ballot measures

November 2
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Amendment 1 Gov't salaries Provides the sheriff of Baltimore with a salary Approveda
LRCA Amendment 2 Gov't salaries Increases the governor's annual salary Approveda
LRCA Amendment 3 Elections Authorizes the general assembly to provide absentee voting Approveda
LRCA Amendment 4 Judiciary Provides at least one judge for every county Approveda
LRCA Amendment 5 Eminent domain Prohibits land acquisition in Howard and Anne Arundel Counties by the mayor of Baltimore Approveda
LRCA Amendment 6 Gov't salaries Allows the salary of the secretary of state to be fixed by the general assembly Approveda
LRCA Amendment 7 Local gov't Prohibits the general assembly from enacting local laws relating to municipalities Approveda
LRCA Amendment 8 Judiciary Requires at least four judges in the Sixth Judicial Circuit Approveda
LRCA Amendment 9 Judiciary Requires at least three judges to reside in Baltimore County Approveda

Michigan

See also: Michigan 1954 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
Charitable Lotteries Gambling Defeatedd

Minnesota

See also: Minnesota 1954 ballot measures

November 2
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Amendment 1 ConCon Requires a 60% popular majority to ratify a new constitution Approveda
LRCA Amendment 2 State exec Permits gubernatorial appointed officials to run until the end of term Approveda
LRCA Amendment 3 Judiciary Permits legislature to extend probate jurisdiction Approveda
LRCA Amendment 4 Business Authorizes legislature to limit liability of state banks Approveda

Montana

See also: Montana 1954 ballot measures

November 2
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Amendment 1 Admin of gov't Creates a Board of Pardons Approveda
LRSS R-56 Elections Relates to the Presidential Primary Law Approveda
LRSS R-57 Bonds Issues a bond for the state hospital Approveda
LRSS R-58 Bonds Issues a bond for the Montana Training School Approveda

Nevada

See also: Nevada 1954 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
Question 1 Labor and unions Repeal of "Right to Work Law" Defeatedd

North Dakota

See also: North Dakota 1954 ballot measures

June 29
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Referendum 1 Business Relates to capital stocks and corporation indebtedness Approveda
CICA Initiative 1 Taxes Permits the enactment of a graduated land tax Defeatedd
CISS Initiative 2 Legislature Prohibits members of legislature from doing over $10,000 worth of business annually with the state or its political subdivisions Approveda

November 2

Type Title Subject Description Result
CISS Initiative 1 Taxes Exempts food from the sales tax Defeatedd
CISS Initiative 2 Alcohol Sets hours of liquor establishments between 8 a.m. and 11 p.m Defeatedd
CISS Initiative 3 Taxes Creates one cent non-refundable motor vehicle fuel tax for rural roads Defeatedd
CISS Initiative 4 Taxes Diverts sales tax collected on automobiles from school and welfare funds to highway construction Defeatedd

Ohio

See also: Ohio 1954 ballot measures

November 2
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Issue 1 Term Limits Sets four year terms for state executive officials and sets a two year term limit for the Governor of Ohio Approveda
LRCA Issue 2 Term Limits Sets four-year terms for Ohio Senate and House of Representatives Defeatedd

Oklahoma

See also: Oklahoma 1954 ballot measures

January 26
Type Title Subject Description Result
VR State Question 359 Transportation Approves laws relating to the construction, operation and maintenance of portions of turnpikes Approveda
VR State Question 360 Transportation Approves laws relating to the construction, operation and maintenance of portions of turnpikes Approveda

July 6

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA State Question 358 Property Authorizes corporations to acquire real estate Approveda
LRCA State Question 362 Gov't Finances Authorizes the investment of school funds in loans secured by first mortgages Approveda

November 2

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA State Question 361 Taxes Authorizes tax and assessment charges against real property to be abated Approveda

Oregon

See also: Oregon 1954 ballot measures

November 2
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Measure 1 Salaries Grants the legislature power to fix the salaries of legislatures Defeatedd
LRCA Measure 2 Redistricting Authorizes the legislature to divide counties with more than one senator or representative into subdistricts Approveda
LRSS Measure 3 Healthcare Declares a previously authorized domiciliary hospital for the aged mentally ill to be located within a twenty-mile radius of the Multnomah County Courthouse Approveda
LRCA Measure 4 Direct Democracy Increases the number of voters’ signatures required to put a constitutional amendment on the ballot from 8% to 10% of the legal voters who voted for the justice of the Supreme Court at the previous regular election Approveda
LRCA Measure 5 Taxes Limits the maximum levy of state property tax to six mills, unless a higher levy is authorized by voters Defeatedd
CISS Measure 6 Time Institutes daylight savings time throughout the State of Oregon Defeatedd
CISS Measure 7 Hunt & Fish Prohibits fishing for salmon or trout by any method except hook and line in any coastal stream Defeatedd
CISS Measure 8 Food & Agri Repeals laws that regulate the production, distribution and sale of milk Approveda

South Dakota

See also: South Dakota 1954 ballot measures

November 2
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Pooling Lease Money Gov't Finances Pools lease money of school and public lands Approveda
LRCA School District Debt Limit Gov't Finances Increases school district debt limit Approveda
LRCA Succession of County Sheriffs Local gov't Allows county sheriffs to succeed themselves Approveda
LRCA Assessment of Agricultural Lands Property Assesses and taxes agricultural lands Defeatedd

Utah

See also: Utah 1954 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
VR Referendum A Education Abolish Carbon College as a state-sponsored institution Defeatedd
VR Referendum B Education Discontinuation of Dixie College, Snow College and Weber College as state-sponsored institutions Defeatedd

Vermont

See also: Vermont 1954 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Article 41 Education Joint School Maintenance by Towns Amendment Approveda
LRCA Article 42 Admin of gov't Office of Profit and Trust Under Authority of Congress Amendment Approveda
LRCA Article 43 War and peace State Militia Amendment Approveda

Washington

See also: Washington 1954 ballot measures

November 2
Type Title Subject Description Result
ITP Initiative 188 Health Care Modifies the requirements for chiropractor certification Defeatedd
ITP Initiative 192 Hunting Regulates commercial salmon harvesting Defeatedd
ITP Initiative 193 Time Establishes a state-wide daylight savings time Defeatedd
ITP Initiative 194 Alcohol Prohibits television advertising of alcoholic beverages between the hours of 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. Defeatedd
LRCA HJR 16 Property Redefines "alien" to include foreign corporations, thus forbidding their ownership of land in the state Approveda

Wisconsin

See also: Wisconsin 1954 ballot measures

November 2
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRSS Question 1 Suffrage Allows new residents of the state to vote for president and vice president Approveda
AQ Question 2 Finance Have a state-owned, tax-supported statewide TV station (WHA-TV) Defeatedd