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==By date==
 
==By date==

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Eighty-six questions are certified for spots on 36 statewide ballots in 2014, as of May 6, 2014. One measure in Ohio was approved by voters during the May 6, 2014 primary election. Proposed measures can be found here. Initiatives that have already filed signatures and are pending certification can be found here. Measures that will not appear on 2014 ballots can be found here.

Historically, even-numbered years feature a significant increase in the quantity of ballot measures over odd-numbered years. Though 2012 featured a full 188 questions on the ballot, that is actually lower than the 194 average for even-numbered years since 2000. It remains to be seen whether or not 2014 will continue this downward trend since the 2006 high point of 226. The probability of that happening partly depends on the success of various legislation and proposed constitutional amendments which would make it harder to place measures on the ballot.

In 2014, there are seven election dates during which statewide measures will appear on the ballot. So far, legislatively-referred constitutional amendments are dominating the ballots, making up 61 out of the total 86 questions. This is not unsurprising, as more than half of the 26 states that allow initiatives and referendums on the ballot have not yet passed their signature filing deadlines. Therefore, there is still ample time for the number of initiatives on the ballot to increase. Meanwhile, there are 13 initiatives, five veto referendums, six legislatively-referred state statutes and one automatic ballot referral currently certified for 2014 statewide ballots.

Prominent topics on statewide ballots include:

By date

May 6

Approveda Ohio Issue 1

June 3

June 10

July 15

August 5

August 19

November 4

By state

Alabama

Alabama 2014 ballot measures

July 15:

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Amendment 1 Business Ends the assessment refund for cotton producers who do not participate in the assessment program Approveda

November 4:

Type Title Subject Description
LRCA American and Alabama Laws for Alabama Courts Amendment Judiciary Forbids state's recognition of laws violating its policies
LRCA Board of Education Expenditure Increase Amendment Gov't Finance Requires a two-thirds by a city or county board of education to increase local expenditure by $50,000 or more
LRCA Franklin County Public Services Amendment Utilities Permits the Franklin County Water Coordinating and Fire Prevention Authority to provide sewer services and broadband internet services in the county

Alaska

Alaska 2014 ballot measures

August 19:

Type Title Subject Description
VR Ballot Measure 1 Taxes Repeals bill that grants tax breaks to oil companies

November 4:

Type Title Subject Description
CISS Ballot Measure 2 Marijuana Decriminalizes marijuana in the state
CISS Ballot Measure 3 Minimum wage Increases the minimum wage in 2015 and 2016
CISS Ballot Measure 4 Business regulation Prohibits mining projects if harmful to wild salmon in fisheries reserve


Arizona

Arizona 2014 ballot measures

November 4:

Type Title Subject Description
LRCA Proposition 122 Fed Con Creates mechanism by which use of state personnel and financial resources are employed only for purposes congruent with Constitution
LRSS Proposition 303 Healthcare Allows terminally ill patients access to medical treatments which have completed phase one of a clinical trial, but are not yet approved by FDA
Commission Proposition 304 Gov't Salaries Increases salaries of state legislators by $11,000 to $35,000 annually

Arkansas

Arkansas 2014 ballot measures

November 4:

Type Title Subject Description
LRCA Issue 1 Admin of Gov't Requires legislative review and approval of changes to state agencies' administrative rules
LRCA Issue 2 Direct Democracy Sets threshold of ballot measures signatures required to obtain additional time for collecting signatures
LRCA Issue 3 Term Limits Extends length of time state legislators can stay in office to 16 years

California

California 2014 ballot propositions

June 3:

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRSS Proposition 41 Bonds $600 million bond to provide multifamily housing to veterans Approveda
LRCA Proposition 42 Gov't accountability Local agencies must comply with the California Public Records Act Approveda

November 4:

Type Title Subject Description
LBM Proposition 43 Bonds $11.1 billion bond for California's water system
LRCA Proposition 44 State budget Increase amount of potential savings in the state 'rainy day' fund from 5% to 10% of the General Fund
CISS Proposition 45 Insurance Health insurance companies required to justify their rates to the public
CISS Proposition 46 Healthcare Increase the cap on damages that can be assessed in medical negligence lawsuits to over $1 million
CISS Proposition 47 Trials Reduces the penalty for most nonviolent crimes from a felony to a misdemeanor
VR Proposition 48 Gambling Ratification of gaming compacts with the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians and the Wiyot Tribe
AQ Proposition 49 Federal constitutional issues Asks voters whether the US Congress shall propose, and the California Legislature ratify, an amendment to the United States Constitution to overturn Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission

Colorado

Colorado 2014 ballot measures

November 4:

Type Title Subject Description
CICA Definition of Person and Child Amendment Abortion Recognizes unborn children as persons


Connecticut

Connecticut 2014 ballot measures

November 4:

Type Title Subject Description
LRCA Early Voting Amendment Elections Allows the legislature to expand early voting

Florida

Florida 2014 ballot measures

November 4:

Type Title Subject Description
CICA Amendment 1 Environment Provides funding for the Land Acquisition Trust Fund
CICA Amendment 2 Marijuana Grants the right to use marijuana for the treatment of certain ailments when recommended by a physician
LRCA Amendment 3 Judiciary Allows the governor to fill judicial vacancies by appointing a justice or judge from a slate of nominees

Georgia

Georgia 2014 ballot measures

May 20:

Type Title Subject Description Result
AQs Democratic Primary Advisory Questions Elections Gauges how Democratic Party constituents view four statewide political issues Approveda

November 4:

Type Title Subject Description
LRCA Income Tax Rate Cap Amendment Taxes Prohibits the state from increasing the maximum state income tax rate above that in effect on January 1, 2015
LRSS Private College Buildings Tax Exemption Act Taxes Extends an ad valorem tax exemption to privately owned and operated student dormitories and parking decks within the University of Georgia system

Hawaii

Hawaii 2014 ballot measures

November 4:

Type Title Subject Description
LRCA SB 1084 Education Permits the appropriation of public funds for private early childhood education programs
LRCA SB 886 Judiciary Increases the mandatory age of retirement for judges and justices to 80
LRCA HB 420 Judiciary Requires the disclosure of names of nominees for appointment to state courts
LRCA SB 2876 Bonds Authorizes the issuance of bonds for loan assistance to dam and reservoir owners

Idaho

Idaho 2014 ballot measures

November 4:

Type Title Subject Description
LRCA Legislative Delegation of Rulemaking Amendment Legislature Empowers the legislature to delegate rulemaking authorities to executive agencies and to approve or reject the administrative rules devised by those agencies

Illinois

Illinois 2014 ballot measures

November 4:

Type Title Subject Description
LRCA Right to Vote Amendment Suffrage Provides that no person shall be denied the right to register to vote or to cast a ballot in an election
LRCA Crime Victims' Bill of Rights Trials Modifies the Crime Victims' Bill of Rights by strengthening the rights of crime victims during criminal court proceedings
AQ Minimum Wage Increase Question Minimum wage Increases the state's hourly minimum wage to $10
AQ Birth Control in Prescription Drug Coverage Question Healthcare Requires prescription birth control to be covered in prescription drug coverage health insurance plans

Louisiana

Louisiana 2014 ballot measures

November 4:

Type Title Subject Description
LRCA Redemption of Blighted Property Amendment Property Provides redemption period for certain property sold at tax sale
LRCA Hospital Stabilization Fund Amendment Healthcare Provides hospital stabilization formula and assessment, creates Hospital Stabilization Fund
LRCA Medical Assistance Trust Fund Amendment Healthcare Creates Medical Assistance Trust Fund, addresses fees and use of fund
LRCA Artificial Reef Development Fund Protection Amendment Budgets Protects Artificial Reef Development Fund from being used for other purposes
LRCA Tax Rebate Debate Amendment Taxes Limits when tax rebates can be altered by the legislature
LRCA Permanently Disabled Homeowners Tax Break Amendment Taxes Deletes requirement that permanently disabled homeowners certify their income annually to keep property tax rate
LRCA Disabled Veterans Homestead Exemption Correction Amendment Constitutional language Makes corrections to language of state's current homestead exemption for disabled veterans
LRCA Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Membership Amendment Admin. of gov't Adds members to the state's Wildlife and Fisheries Commission
LRCA Orleans Parish Tax for Fire and Police Protection Taxes Authorizes Orleans Parish to levy an additional ad valorem tax for fire and police protection
LRCA Mandatory Judicial Retirement Age Amendment Judiciary Removes the retirement age requirement from judicial offices
LRCA State Infrastructure Bank Amendment Banking Creates a state infrastructure bank to issue loans to transportation projects
LRCA Sale of New Orleans Property Amendment Property Authorizes New Orleans to sell property at a price fixed by the legislature in the Lower Ninth Ward
LRCA Tax Collector Involvement in Tax Sales Amendment Taxes Allows agents of tax collectors to assist in the tax sale process and recover costs from fees charged
LRCA Twenty-One Executive Departments Amendment Admin. of gov't Permits upwards of twenty-one state executive departments

Maine

Maine 2014 ballot measures

November 4:

Type Title Subject Description
IndISS Bear Hunting Ban Hunt & Fish Puts restrictions on certain bear hunting practices

Maryland

Maryland 2014 ballot measures

November 4:

Type Title Subject Description
LRCA Transportation Fund Amendment Gov't Finances Creates a transportation trust fund for funding state transportation systems
LRCA Special Elections for County Executive Vacancies Amendment Elections Permits a county charter to provide for filling vacancies in county executive offices through special elections

Michigan

Michigan 2014 ballot measures

August 5:

Type Title Subject Description
LRSS Proposal 1 Taxes Eliminates the personal property tax and allocates a portion of the state use tax to municipalities

November 4:

Type Title Subject Description
VR Wolf Hunting Referendum Hunting Overturns a law allowing the state to establish wolf hunting seasons in the Upper Peninsula
VR Natural Resources Commission Referendum Hunting Overturns law allowing the Natural Resources Commission to directly designate game species

Mississippi

Mississippi 2014 ballot measures

November 4:

Type Title Subject Description
LRCA Right to Hunt and Fish Amendment Hunt & Fish Establishes the right to hunt, fish and harvest game animals

Missouri

Missouri 2014 ballot measures

August 5:

Type Title Subject Description
LRCA Amendment 1 Agriculture Guarantees farmers and ranchers the right to engage in their livelihoods, produce food for others
LRCA Amendment 5 Firearms Establishes the right to keep and bear arms, ammunition and accessories
LRCA Amendment 7 Taxes Increases state sales and use taxes for 10 years to fund transportation projects
LRCA Amendment 8 Lottery Creates new lottery ticket with profits going toward veterans' programs
LRCA Amendment 9 Civil Rights Protects electronic data from unreasonable searches and seizures

November 4:

Type Title Subject Description
LRCA Amendment 2 Trials Renders prior criminal acts admissible in court during child sexual abuse trials
LRCA Amendment 6 Elections Establishes a six-day long early voting period
LRCA Amendment 10 Gov't Finances Prohibits the governor from estimating available state revenues when making budget recommendations under certain legislative circumstances


Montana

Montana 2014 ballot measures

November 4:

Type Title Subject Description
LRCA State Auditor Renaming Amendment Administration of gov't Renames the position of state auditor to commissioner of securities and insurance
LRSS Late Voter Registration Revision Measure Suffrage Closes late voter registration the Friday before election day

Nebraska

Nebraska 2014 ballot measures

November 4:

Type Title Subject Description
LRCA Horse Race Wagering Amendment Gambling Permits gambling on horse races at racetracks

Nevada

Nevada 2014 ballot measures

November 4:

Type Title Subject Description
LRCA SJR 14 Courts Amends Nevada Constitution to create an intermediate appellate court
LRCA SJR 15 Taxes Amends Nevada Constitution to remove mining tax cap of 5%
IndISS Question 3 Taxes Implements a 2% margins tax on businesses for public schools

New Mexico

New Mexico 2014 ballot measures

November 4:

Type Title Subject Description
LRCA Dates for School Elections Amendment Elections Provides that school elections shall be held on different dates than partisan elections
LRCA Board of Regents Amendment Education Allocates one position on the Northern New Mexico State School Board of Regents to a student representative
LRCA Candidacy Declarations in Judicial Retention Elections Amendment Elections Permits the legislature to set the date for filing candidacy declarations for judicial retention elections
LRCA Urban County Charter Amendment Local Gov't Allows certain counties to become "urban counties" and establish county charters
LRCA Land Grant Fund Investments Gov't Finances Requires the State Investment Council to invest and manage the land grant fund in accordance with the Uniform Prudent Investor Act

New York

New York 2014 ballot measures

November 4:

Type Title Subject Description
LRCA Independent Redistricting Amendment Redistricting Creates an independent panel to draw district lines every ten years
LRCA Electronic Bills Amendment State legislatures Allows for electronic versions of bills rather than requiring paper copies
BI Bonds for School Technology Act Bonds Authorizes $2 billion in state bonds to fund technology upgrades in schools

North Carolina

North Carolina 2014 ballot measures

November 4:

Type Title Subject Description
LRCA SB 399 Criminal trials Amends North Carolina Constitution to allow criminal defendants to waive jury trial

North Dakota

North Dakota 2014 ballot measures

June 10:

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Measure 1 Direct democracy Reduces the filing deadline for initiated petitions from 90 to 120 days before a statewide election Approveda

November 4:

Type Title Subject Description
LRCA Measure 1 Abortion Declares in the state constitution that life begins at conception
LRCA Measure 2 Taxes Prevents the state from imposing mortgage, sales or transfer taxes on the mortgage or transfer of real property
LRCA Measure 3 Education Abolishes elected State Board of Higher Education and replaces it with appointed Commission of Higher Education
LRCA Measure 4 Direct democracy Requires measures that have significant fiscal impacts on the state to be voted on at a general election
CISS Parental Rights Initiative Custody Creates a legal presumption that each parent is a fit parent and entitled to be awarded equal parental rights by a court

Ohio

Ohio 2014 ballot measures

May 6:

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Ohio Issue 1 Bond issues Funds public infrastructure projects via issuance of general obligation bonds Approveda


Oklahoma

Oklahoma 2014 ballot measures

November 4:

Type Title Subject Description
LRCA Service in Government and Military Amendment Admin of Gov't Guarantees that public officials can also serve as officers and members of the National Guard, Oklahoma State Guard and Officers Reserve Corps
LRCA Homestead Exemption Transfer for Disabled Veterans Amendment Veterans Permits a disabled veteran to sell their homestead and acquire another homestead property and keep their homestead tax exemption
LRCA Homestead Exemption for Surviving Spouse of Military Personnel Amendment Veterans Establishes a homestead exemption for the surviving spouse of military personnel who die in the line of duty

Oregon

Oregon 2014 ballot measures

November 4:

Type Title Subject Description
LRCA SJR 1 Education Amends Oregon Constitution to create fund for Oregonians pursuing post-secondary education; authorizes debt to finance
LRCA SJR 203 Judiciary Allows judges to be hired by the National Guard and public universities; allows school employees to serve in the legislature
VR Alternative Driver Licenses Referendum Immigration Allows for a popular vote on Senate Bill 833
CICA Equal Rights for Women Initiative Civil Rights Guarantees political equality for women
CISS Open Primary Initiative Elections Creates a top-two system election system

Rhode Island

Rhode Island 2014 ballot measures

November 4:

Type Title Subject Description
ABR Constitutional Convention Con Cons Dictates whether or not Rhode Island holds a constitutional convention


South Dakota

South Dakota 2014 ballot measures

November 4:

Type Title Subject Description
CISS Initiated Measure 17 Insurance Allows patients to choose health care provider at no cost
CISS Initiated Measure 18 Minimum wage Raises the minimum wage from $7.25 to $8.50 and increases it each year based on inflation
LRCA Amendment Q Gambling Permits certain forms of gambling in the city of Deadwood upon local voter approval

Tennessee

Tennessee 2014 ballot measures

November 4:

Type Title Subject Description
LRCA Amendment 1 Abortion Inserts constitutional language empowering the legislature to enact, amend or repeal statues regarding abortion
LRCA Amendment 2 State judiciary Empowers the governor to appoint judges subject to confirmation by the general assembly
LRCA Amendment 3 Taxes Prohibits the legislature from levying or permitting any tax upon payroll or earned personal income
LRCA Amendment 4 Gambling Empowers the legislature to permit lotteries for events that benefit 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(19) organizations

Texas

Texas 2014 ballot measures

November 4:

Type Title Subject Description
LRCA Transportation Funding Amendment Transportation Diverts oil and gasoline tax revenues from state's "Rainy Day Fund" into transportation funding

Washington

Washington 2014 ballot measures

November 4:

Type Title Subject Description
ITL Initiative 594 Firearms Requires background checks be performed on all gun purchasers
ITL Initiative 591 Firearms Prevents confiscation of firearms without due process and implementation of more extensive background checks than those at the federal level
AQ Advisory Vote No. 8 Taxes Asks voters whether to repeal or maintain the elimination of agricultural tax preferences for aspects of the marijuana industry
AQ Advisory Vote No. 9 Taxes Asks voters whether to repeal or maintain leasehold excise tax on certain leasehold interests in tribal property.

Wisconsin

Wisconsin 2014 ballot measures

November 4:

Type Title Subject Description
LRCA Transportation Fund Amendment Gov't Finances Creates a transportation fund for funding state transportation systems

West Virginia

West Virginia 2014 ballot measures

November 4:

Type Title Subject Description
LRCA Amendment 1 Taxes Exempts nonprofit youth organization properties from ad valorem property taxation

Wyoming

Wyoming 2014 ballot measures

November 4:

Type Title Subject Description
LRCA Constitutional Amendment A Admin of gov't Allows governor to appoint nonresidents of the state to serve as University of Wyoming trustees

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