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1979
1977

Alabama

See also: Alabama 1978 ballot measures

Alaska

See also: Alaska 1978 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
IndISS Bottle Deposits Environment Beverage container deposits Defeatedd


IndISS Homesteading State Land Environment Disposal of state lands Approveda


IndISS Cost of Moving Capitol Administration Disclose full cost of relocating capital Approveda


AQ Length of Legislative Sessions State legislature Should legislature put a proposed amendment on ballot to limit legislature to 120-day terms? Approveda


LRCA Power of Interim Committees Budget Legislative committee to share authority with governor to approve or disapprove budget Defeatedd


Alaska BP Bonds $33,290,000 for flood control and port facilities Approveda


Alaska BP Bonds $5,850,000 for recreational facilities Approveda


Alaska BP Bonds $25,000,000 for senior citizen housing, Pioneer's Home, health facilities Approveda


Alaska BP Bonds $33,656,000 for educational facilities Approveda


Alaska BP Bonds $88,450,000 for transportation projects Approveda


Alaska BP Bonds $30,504,000 for public safety Approveda


Alaska BP Bonds $29,965,000 for fish facilities Approveda


Alaska BP Bonds $3,645,000 for National Guard facilities Defeatedd


Alaska BP Bonds $27,640,000 for water supply and sewage systems Approveda


Alaska BP Bonds $966 million for new state capitol Defeatedd


Arizona

See also: Arizona 1978 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Proposition 100 Education Allows the voters of school districts to authorize exceeding the debt limit of the district Defeatedd


LRCA Proposition 101 State budget Limits state appropriations to a percentage of state personal income Approveda


LRSS Proposition 300 Salaries Increases the salaries of members of the state legislative Defeatedd


Arkansas

See also: Arkansas 1978 ballot measures

November 7
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Proposed Amendment 58 Judiciary Provides for the creation of a state Court of Appeals Approveda


CICA Proposed Amendment 59 Taxes Exempts certains foods and medicines from the state sales tax Defeatedd


LRSS Referred Question Act 3 Elections Offers two calendar options on which to vote on the new proposed state constitution 1980

California

See also: California 1978 ballot propositions

June 6

Type Title Subject Description Result
LBM Proposition 1 Bonds $350 million in bonds for state-run schools Defeatedd


LBM Proposition 2 Bonds $375 million in bonds for water pollution control and water conservation Approveda


LRCA Proposition 3 Taxes Tax exemptions for alternative energy projects Defeatedd


LRCA Proposition 4 Elections Any charter provision changing how local officials are elected must be voted on by the public Approveda


LRCA Proposition 5 Admin of gov't Administrative agencies prohibited from declaring statutes unconstitutional and refusing to enforce Approveda


LRCA Proposition 6 Elections State legislature and counties must allow for elected sheriffs Approveda


LRCA Proposition 7 Insurance Local government agencies allowed to seek pooled insurance Approveda


LRCA Proposition 8 Taxes Rules for setting property tax rates on owner-occupied dwellings Defeatedd


LRCA Proposition 9 Judiciary Interest rates charged on unpaid state court judgments Approveda


LRCA Proposition 10 Taxes Tax rates on rehabilitated residential dwellings Defeatedd


LRCA Proposition 11 Taxes Taxation of county-owned real estate Defeatedd


LRCA Proposition 12 Admin of gov't Creation of a salary commission to set salaries for state executive officials, legislators and judges Defeatedd


CICA Proposition 13 Taxes The famous Howard Jarvis-led cap on property tax rates Approveda


November 7

Type Title Subject Description Result
LBM Proposition 1 Veterans $500 million in bonds for veterans Approveda


LRCA Proposition 2 Admin of gov't Public Utilities Commission not allowed to appoint commissioners to conduct hearings and investigations Defeatedd


LRCA Proposition 3 Land State legislature authorized to sell public lands in the coastal zone Approveda


LRSS Proposition 4 Health Accreditation of chiropractic schools and colleges Approveda


CISS Proposition 5 Smoking Smoking prohibited in enclosed public spaces Defeatedd


CISS Proposition 6 LGBT Prohibit gays and supporters of gay rights from teaching in public schools Defeatedd


CISS Proposition 7 Judiciary Expand types of murder for which death penalty can be imposed Approveda


LRCA Proposition 8 Taxes Rules for tax assessments of property rebuilt after a disaster Approveda


Colorado

See also: Colorado 1978 ballot measures

November 7
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Measure 1 Local Gov't Establishes a method for filling a vacancy in the position of county commissioner Approveda


CICA Measure 2 State Finances Limits annual increases in expenditures by the state and its political subdivisions, except when approved by voters Defeatedd


Florida

See also: Florida 1978 ballot measures

November 7
Type Title Subject Description Result
CR Amendment 1 Constitutions Revises the Florida Constitution in general Defeatedd


CR Amendment 2 Civil Rights Provides that no person would be deprived of any right because of sex Defeatedd


CR Amendment 3 Redistricting Requires single-member legislative districts and establishes a commission to prepare a reapportionment plan of districts Defeatedd


CR Amendment 4 State Exec Eliminates the executive cabinet in Florida Defeatedd


CR Amendment 5 Admin of Gov't Establishes a five-member public service commission Defeatedd


CR Amendment 6 Judiciary Requires circuit and county judges to submit themselves for retention or rejection by the electors every six years Defeatedd


CR Amendment 7 Taxes Revises tax and government finance laws Defeatedd


CR Amendment 8 Education Provides that the Governor appoint the State Board of Education, and the board appoint the Commissioner of Education Defeatedd


CICA Amendment 9 Gambling Authorizes privately owned casinos within a restricted geographic area Defeatedd


Idaho

See also: Idaho 1978 ballot measures

November 7
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA HJR 6 Legislature Authorizes the legislature to provide mandatory minimum sentences Approveda


LRCA SJR 102 Bonds Allows port districts to issue revenue bonds Approveda


LRCA SJR 110 Healthcare Empowers Idaho Health Facilities to finance or operate health facilities Defeatedd


LRCA SJR 115 Bonds Reduces vote needed to use revenue bonds for airport facilities Defeatedd


LRCA SJR 116 Firearms Reinforces the right to keep and bear arms Approveda


CISS INIT 1 Property Restricts governmental ability to change property valuations or taxes Approveda


Illinois

See also: Illinois 1978 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Amendment 1 Taxes Prevent abolition of remaining taxation of personal property Defeatedd


LRCA Amendment 2 Veterans Exempt veterans' organizations from property taxation Defeatedd


Maine

See also: Maine 1978 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Cost-Sharing Tax Formula Amendment Taxes To provide that taxes may be assessed in cost-sharing formula. Approveda


LRCA Insurance Guarantee Requirements Amendment Business regulation To "reduce & combine the guarantee limits for insurance of enterprises." Approveda


LRCA Justice of the Peace Amendment Admin. of gov't. To "eliminate the office of Justice of the Peace as a Constitutional office." Approveda


LRCA Poll Tax Repeal Amendment Civil rights To repeal provisions relating to the poll tax. Approveda


LRCA Property Tax Exemption Reimbursement Amendment Taxes To reimburse municipalities for losses caused by property tax exemptions. Approveda


LRCA Start of Session Amendment State legislatures Dealt with the start of state legislative session. Approveda


Massachusetts

See also: Massachusetts 1978 ballot measures

November 7
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Question 1 Taxes Permits the classification of property for taxation purposes Approveda


LRCA Question 2 Gov't Finance Provides a deadline for the state budget Approveda


LRCA Question 3 Direct Democracy Requires that "Information for Voters" be sent to every residence Approveda


LRCA Question 4 Admin of Gov't Provides residence standards for the state census Approveda


LRCA Question 5 Admin of Gov't Provides a deadline for charter commissions to submit charters to voters Approveda


LRCA Question 6 Civil Rights Prohibits the assigning or denial of a student to a public school based on "race, color, national origin or creed" Approveda


LRCA Question 7 Taxes Provides a method for taxing recreational and conservation lands to encourage such uses Approveda


Michigan

See also: Michigan 1978 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
ABR Proposal A Constitutional convention Call for a constitutional convention Defeatedd


IndISS Proposal B Law enforcement Revise standards for grant of parole and to prohibit grant of parole for certain defined crimes Approveda


LRCA Proposal C Admin of gov't Authorize deposit of state funds in savings and load associations and credit unions as well as banks Approveda


CICA Proposal D Alcohol Prohibit alcoholic beverages from being sold to, or possessed by a person under the age of 21 Approveda


CICA Proposal E Taxes Establishes limits on taxes imposed by legislature and units of local government Approveda


CICA Proposal G Unions Grant Michigan troopers the right to collect bargaining and binding arbitration Approveda


CICA Proposal H Education Prohibit use of property taxes for school operating expenses and establish a voucher system for financing education of students at public and nonpublic schools Defeatedd


CICA Proposal J Taxes Reduce property tax assessments to establish a maximum 5.6% on the rate of the state income tax Defeatedd


LRCA Proposal K Judicial reform Allow courts to deny bail under certain circumstances involving violent crimes Approveda


LRCA Proposal M Taxes Allocate 90 percent of gas tax revenues for general road purposes; replace state highway commission with transportation commission Approveda


LRCA Proposal R Admin of gov't Create a railroad redevelopment authority to make loans to railroads Defeatedd


Missouri

See also: Missouri 1978 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
Gas Tax Hike Taxes Increase in the gas tax from 7 to 10 cents Defeatedd


Right To Work Initiative Labor The "right to work" act Defeatedd


Nevada

See also: Nevada 1978 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
Property Tax Taxes Sets property tax limits Approveda


North Dakota

See also: North Dakota 1978 ballot measures

September 5
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Amendment 1 Legislature Amends deadlines for introduction of bills in the legislature and general appropriation bill Defeatedd


LRCA Amendment 2 Redistricting Repeals the transition schedule of the Constitution of the State of North Dakota Approveda


LRCA Amendment 3 Taxes Limits the raising of revenue by the state Defeatedd


LRCA Amendment 4 Bonds Limits debt of any political subdivision to no more than eight percent of the assessed value of all its taxable property Defeatedd


LRCA Amendment 5 Legislature Empowers the lieutenant governor to vote as a tie breaker if the senate was equally divided Approveda


LRCA Amendment 6 Bonds Repeals bond amendments to pay for bonuses to veterans Approveda


LRCA Amendment 7 Business Repeals multiple sections regarding the charters and administration of corporations Defeatedd


LRCA Amendment 8 Gov't Salaries Deposits all fees and profits arising from any of the offices whose salaries were prescribed by law in the state treasury Defeatedd


LRSS Measure 1 Resources Authorizes sale of land being used by the Dickinson experiment station and buying of new lands Approveda


November 7

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Amendment 1 Gov't Acc Requires records of governmental entities supported in whole or part by public funds to be open to the public Approveda


LRCA Amendment 2 Suffrage Provides for secrecy in voting, absentee voting, administration of elections and nomination of candidates; Bars felons and persons declared mentally incompetent from voting Approveda


LRCA Amendment 3 Direct Democracy Replaces process for signature requirements, petition forms and proposals regarding referendums, initiatives and recalls Approveda


CISS Measure 1 Gov't Finances Gives five percent of the annual net proceeds from state taxes to a revenue sharing fund Approveda


CISS Measure 2 Taxes Reduces the rate of income tax on individuals and corporations Approveda


CISS Measure 3 Gov't Finances Specifies all income of the State Game and Fish Department would only be used by that department Approveda


CISS Measure 4 Healthcare Reduces size and changes the membership requirements of the state health council; charges Commissioner of Insurance to investigate improving and extending insurance coverage in the state Defeatedd


Ohio

See also: Ohio 1978 ballot measures

June 6
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Issue 1 Elections Require the Ohio Ballot Board to write ballot language for statewide ballot measures Approveda


November 7

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Issue 1 Local Gov't Modifies procedures for adopting a charter form of county government Approveda


LRCA Issue 2 Law enforcement Allows General Assembly to regulate prison labor by law Approveda


Oklahoma

See also: Oklahoma 1978 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
CISS Question 524 Transportation Staggers motor vehicle registration by the month, rather than requiring every vehicle to renew its registration at the same time each year Approveda


Oregon

See also: Oregon 1978 ballot measures

May 23
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Measure 1 Direct Democracy Affects the initiative and referendum process for county home rule charters Approveda


LRCA Measure 2 Legislature Affects the rules applied to open meetings of the Oregon Legislature Approveda


LRCA Measure 3 Housing Provides publicly-funded housing for the low-income elderly Approveda


LRCA Measure 4 Gov't Finances Creates a domestic water fund Defeatedd


LRSS Measure 5 Taxes Increases the gasoline tax and allocated revenues from such tax to highway repair Defeatedd


LRSS Measure 6 Admin of Gov't Reorganizes the Metropolitical Service District for Portland Metropolitan Area and abolishes the Columbia Region Association of Governments Approveda


November 7

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Measure 1 Judiciary Establishes an appointment and election process for certain types of judges Defeatedd


LRCA Measure 2 Legislature Authorizes the state senate to confirm all appointments and reappoints to state public office made by the governor Approveda


VR Measure 3 Taxes Requires annual registration, increases most motor carrier rates and annual light truck fees, reduces recreational vehicle fees and requires emissions test certification for vehicles in the Portland Metro Area Defeatedd


CISS Measure 4 Utilities Allows for the formation of People’s Utility Districts Approveda


CISS Measure 5 Healthcare Requires the licensing of denturists and their assistants, establishes licensing requirements and creates the Advisory Council on Denture Technology Approveda


CICA Measure 6 Taxes Limits ad valorem real property taxes to 1.5% “full cash value” or appraised value of the property and provides other limitations on property taxes Defeatedd


CICA Measure 7 Abortion Prohibits any state agency from spending any public money for abortions and from providing any programs or services promoting abortion Defeatedd


CISS Measure 8 Death Penalty Requires the death penalty for the convicted upon the judge’s findings that the person has been convicted of murder “beyond reasonable doubt” Approveda


CISS Measure 9 Utilities Prohibits public utilities from collecting rates which are derived from the cost of any construction, building, installation or property not presently used for providing utility service Approveda


CICA Measure 10 Admin of Gov't Requires the Legislative Assembly to perform the policy-making duties of the Land Conservation and Development Commission and requires voter approval before new regional planning districts can be organized Defeatedd


LRCA Measure 11 Taxes Reduces tax payable by homeowners by one-half up to $1,500 and provides similar relief to renters, refunds remaining state surplus to income taxpayers and freezes assessed values for one tax year Defeatedd


AQ Measure 12 Fed Con Petitions the federal government to adopt an amendment to the constitution requiring a balanced federal budget Approveda


South Dakota

See also: South Dakota 1978 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
CI Utility Rate Reform Utilities Lifeline utility rate reform Defeatedd


CI Repeal Dairy Marketing Act Business Regulation Repeal Dairy Marketing Act Approveda


CI Obscenity Statute Measure Legal New regulation added to the Obscenity Statute Defeatedd


Texas

See also: Texas 1978 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Prop 1 Judiciary Deleting the reference to the "Deaf and Dumb Asylum," and allowing certain products manufactured by handicapped individuals in nonprofit rehabilitation facilities to be purchased by the State of Texas and to eliminate the formality of involvement in such transactions. Approveda


LRCA Prop 2 Bond issues Permitting political subdivisions to issue revenue bonds to develop employment opportunities for its citizens. Defeatedd


LRCA Prop 3 Bond issues Authorizing bonds to finance the redevelopment of blighted areas and prohibiting any city or town from granting its money or lending its credit for such purposes. Defeatedd


LRCA Prop 4 Taxes Authorizing the legislature to exempt from taxation solar and wind-powered energy devices. Approveda


LRCA Prop 5 Admin of gov't Extending the jurisdiction of justices of the peace in civil cases. Approveda


LRCA Prop 6 Judiciary Permitting the legislature to increase the number of justices on a court of civil appeals, permitting a court of civil appeals to sit in sections, and requiring a concurrence of a majority of justices to decide a case. Approveda


LRCA Prop 7 Admin of gov't Repealing the constitutional authority for the State Building Commission and the State Building Fund. Approveda


LRCA Prop 8 Bond issues Allowing water districts to use funds for fire fighting purposes. Approveda


Washington

See also: Washington 1978 ballot measures

November 7
Type Title Subject Description Result
ITP Initiative 350 Education Prohibits assigning students to other than the nearest or next-nearest school Approveda


Wisconsin

See also: Wisconsin 1978 ballot measures

April 4
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Question 1 Administration of government Allows that there may be more than one system of town government. Defeatedd


November 7

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRSS Question 1 Suffrage Permits all bona fide residents of Wisconsin, regardless of length of residency, to vote for president and vice president. Approveda


LRSS Question 2 Suffrage Permits all U.S. citizens who live overseas to vote in federal elections in Wisconsin if it was their last state of residency. Approveda


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