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By Josh Altic

The first half of 2014 has seen a wide range of changes and attempted changes to ballot law across the nation, with some proposed laws seeking to expand the initiative and referendum process and others attempting to restrict it. For example, legislators in Georgia and eight other states proposed laws that sought to establish the power and process of initiative and referendum in state constitutions. Meanwhile, in Arizona, a controversial law proposed mandating that voters periodically reapprove any initiative or referendum that directs public expenditures or appropriations.

So far this year, state lawmakers have seen at least 113 laws concerning ballot measures during 2014's legislative sessions; of which 67 were carried over from 2013.

As of June 27, 2014, seven laws were approved and 33 were defeated.

This edition of the Ballot Law Update features a half-year roundup of laws, resolutions and bills concerning ballot measure and recall law. It highlights the laws that have been approved and defeated, as well as laws that could entirely change the dynamic of direct democracy on a statewide level.

The Ballot Law Update is released at the end of each month.

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The Tuesday Count: Marijuana a prevalent issue on state and local ballots

Edited by Brittany Clingen

4 certifications
125 measures for 2014

Certifications (News)
Hunting (Quick hits)
Marijuana (Spotlight)

Marijuana is once again shaping up to be a hot-button issue on ballots across the nation. While an initiative seeking to legalize recreational marijuana was just certified for a spot on the November ballot in Oregon, many Californians and Floridians will be weighing in on the issue of medical marijuana. Florida's Amendment 2 looks to be a shoe-in for November, with one poll showing 88 percent approval for the measure. In California, however, the issue will be featured on many local ballots, rather than in the statewide arena, making for more complex and possibly closer races. In fact, many cities, including Santa Ana and Costa Mesa, will likely see competing ballot measures seeking varying degrees of restriction on medical marijuana. Though marijuana is one of the more prevalent issues on 2014 ballots, voters will decide on a range of other contentious issues, including mandatory labeling of food containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and hunting wolves in Michigan's upper peninsula.

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