Potential 2010 ballot measures

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This page contains potential statewide ballot meausures that have been filed, are being reviewed or have begun circulation to obtain signatures for it to be placed on a 2010 primary or general election ballot. A list of measures that did not qualify for the 2010 ballot can be found here.
See also 2010 ballot measures for ballot measures that are already confirmed for a 2010 ballot, and filed initiatives

Arizona

Arizona 2010 ballot measures

Four separate referenda concerning immigration were approved for circulation and have until July 28, 2010 to gather at least 76,682 valid signatures of Arizona voters:

Type Title Subject Description
VR Immigration Repeal Immigration Would repeal new Immigration law in the state.

California

California 2010 ballot propositions

The deadline for ballot initiatives for the California 2010 ballot has passed. However, the state legislature still may refer propositions to the November 2, 2010 ballot.

Dozens of initiatives whose sponsors filed their measures with election officials in early 2010 did not qualify for the November 2, 2010 ballot but might still qualify for a statewide election in 2012.

This is because when a proposed initiative is given its official ballot title and summary, it is also given a 150-day window for collection of signatures. If initiative sponsors collect sufficient signatures within their 150-day window and turn them in too late to qualify for the November 2010 bllot, their initiative will go on the ballot in a future year.


Colorado

Colorado 2010 ballot measures

Legislatively-referred

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Redirect Lottery Funds Measure Gambling Redirect lottery funds away from parks and recreation filed
LRCA Payday Loans Amendment Business regulation Would limit the amount of interest that payday lenders can make off of loans Approved by House Committee
LRCA Video Game Lottery Amendment Gambling Allow video keno lottery game, funds to higher-education scholarship grants proposed
LRCA Redirect Open Space Funds to Schools Measure Education Divert money currently used to preserve open space to fund the state's K-12 schools proposed

Filed initiatives

Type Title Subject Description Result
CICA Elections to Fill Vacancies Initiative Election reform Requires a vote by the people when filling vacant seats of elected officials reviewed 1/4/10
CICA Gay Marriage Amendment (5) Marriage Recognizes marriage as a union between any two consenting adults reviewed 1/11/10
CICA General Fund Appropriations Amendment State budgets Grants the General Assembly the power to appropriate all general funds petition approved
CICA General Assembly Reorganization (3) Admin of gov't Reorganize the State General Assembly hearing 3/2/10
CICA Plain Language Lawmaking Initiative Admin of gov't Laws, rules and regulations must be written in "plain language" title set
CICA Gun Rights Protection Initiative (3) Firearms Protects rights of individual citizens to keep and bear arms official title set
CISS Immigration Status Check Measure (2) Immigration Require businesses to check the immigration status of all newly hired workers reviewed 12/16/09
CICA Global Day Without Violence Initiative (2) Admin of gov't Establishes a global day without violence every year on January 1 reviewed 1/11/10
CICA New Housing Water Use Environment Limitation on water available for new residential housing growth pending review
CICA Campaign Finance Amendment (3) Election reform Allows for public funds for state citizens to run for state wide or legislative offices pending review
CICA Medical Marijuana Regulation Initiative Marijuana Allow the people to vote directly on medical marijuana regulations filed
CICA Sale of Marijuana in a Regulated Market Initiative Marijuana Allow Coloradans 21 and older to use marijuana; create regulated market pending review
CICA Health Care Amendment (2) Health care Protect the individual’s right to make health care decisions title set
CISS States Rights Initiative(2) Admin of gov’t Re-estbalish the state’s rights under the U.S. Constitution pending review 3/12/10
CICA Religious Freedom Amendment Religion Prohibits gov't from burdening person or organization from religious liberty pending review
CISS Juvenile Tried as Adults Initiative (2) Law enforcement Juveniles Tried as Adults and Eligibility For Community Corrections pending review 4/6/10
CISS Renewable Energy Exemption Initiative (3) Utility regulation Allows customers to opt out of getting their power from renewable sources pending review
Impeachment of US Supreme Court Justice John Roberts pending review 4/8/10
Impeachment of US Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito Jr. pending review 4/8/10
CISS Deferred Loan Interest Rates (3) pending review 4/8/10
CICA Private Property Water Access Amendment (20) Environment Limits the use of rivers or targets rafters with liability provisions pending review
CICA Use of Streams Amendment (4) Environment Affirms the "right to float" down Colorado rivers pending review
CICA Container Fee for Water Preservation Amendment Container fee to fund water preservation and protection pending review 4/9/10
CISS Criminal Defendant Bail Initiative Law enforcement Amends the criteria for setting bail and type of bond pending review 4/9/10
CICA Rent Control Amendment (2) Unconstitutional for the state, county to control rents on private property pending review 4/9/10
CISS Private Property Energy Requirements Initiative (2) Utility regulation Prevents gov't imposed energy efficient building requirements on private property pending review 4/9/10
CISS Renewable Energy in Retail Sales Initiative (2) Utility regulation pending review 4/9/10

Michigan

Michigan 2010 ballot measures

The petition drive deadline has passed - July 5. No initiatives filed signatures. Below are pending legislatively-referred measures.

Type Title Subject Description
LRCA Budget Approval Deadline Amendment Admin of gov't Would dock the pay of each lawmaker for every day beyond the deadline that the budget is not passed
LRCA Term Limits Amendment Term limits Expands the number of years lawmakers can serve
LRCA Sales Tax Amendment Taxes Decrease sales tax and extend tax to other services
LRCA Drilling Ban Amendment Natural resources A constitutional ban on drilling in the Great Lakes

Missouri

Missouri 2010 ballot measures

The petition drive deadline has passed - May 2. Four initiatives filed signatures.

Type Title Subject Description
CISS Earnings Tax Initiative Taxes Amendments to the cities currently using earnings taxes
CISS Dog Breeding Initiative Animal rights Adopt new rules for dog-breeders in the state
CICA Real Estate Taxation Amendment Taxes Prohibit taxes for the sale/transfer of homes or any other real estate
CICA Judicial Selection Judicial reform Allow the governor to select judges for the Missouri Supreme Court

New Jersey

New Jersey 2010 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description Status
LRCA Sports Betting Amendment Gambling Allow sports betting the state of New Jersey. Introduced
LRCA Pension Fund Amendment Admin. of gov't Mandate that the state make annual payments to the pension fund. Introduced
LRCA "Cap 2.5" Amendment Property Taxes Mandate that all property tax increases and state operational spending capped at 2.5% Introduced

North Dakota

North Dakota 2010 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description
CISS Fenced Hunting Ban Initiative Hunting Bans fenced hunting such as game preserves where people pay to shoot big-game animals
CISS Pharmacy Ownership Repeal Health care Repeals the provision that requires pharmacies to be majority-owned by pharmacists
CISS Alcohol Tax Increase Initiative Alcohol Taxes on beer, wine and liquor
CISS Read Bills Before Vote Initiative Admin of gov't Requires lawmakers to swear they've read a bill before they vote to approve it
CICA Term Limits Amendment Term limits Would limit legislators and executive branch office holders to two terms
CICA Property Tax Amendment Taxes Eliminates property taxes as a source of state revenue
CISS Abortion Instrument Ban Abortion Would ban the use of instruments that would decapitate or crush the skull of a fetus
CICA Religious Freedom Amendment Religion Prohibits gov't from burdening person or organization from religious liberty
VR Fireworks Referendum Business Would allow bottle rocket sales to people older than 17
CICA Redistricting Amendment Redistricting Would require that legislative district lines be drawn by an independent commission

Ohio

Ohio 2010 ballot measures

The petition drive deadline has passed. No initiatives filed signatures. Below are pending legislatively-referred measures.

Type Title Subject Description
LRCA Casino Revenue and Commission Amendment Gambling Increase the state's share of casino revenues and amend Ohio Lottery Commission authority
LRCA Redistricting Amendment Redistricting Amends the redistricting process of state legislative districts

Oregon

Oregon 2010 ballot measures

The petition drive deadline passed on July 2. Six initiatives filed signatures and two have been certified by state officials.

Type Title Subject Description
CICA Independent Redistricting Commission Amendment Redistricting Repeals current legislative redistricting process and establishes a new process
CICA Lottery Funds for Natural Resources Amendment Environment Renews dedication of 15% of lottery proceeds to parks and natural resources
CICA Oregon Job Growth Education And Communities Fund Act (Casino in Wood Village, Part I) Gambling Creates exception to casino ban, must allow one private casino
CISS Job Growth Education And Communities Fund Act (Casino in Wood Village, Part II) Gambling Create a gaming tax of 25% of gross revenues for education, state police, and local governments across the state

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania 2010 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description Status
LRCA Constitutional Convention Admin. of gov't Calling for Constitutional Convention Proposed

Rhode Island

Rhode Island 2010 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description
LRCA Casino Gambling Amendment Gambling Would allow the operation of casino gambling in the state.

Washington

Washington 2010 ballot measures

Legislatively-referred

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Build America Bonds Amendment Bond issues expand state use of federally subsidized Build America Bonds proposed
LRCA Income Tax Measure Taxes Income tax at 4.5% of income over $200,000; reduce sales tax proposed

Submitted signatures

The petition drive deadline has passed - July 2. Six initiatives filed signatures.

Type Title Subject Description
ITP Revise State Liquor Laws, Initiative 1105 Alcohol Close all state liquor stores and license private parties to sell or distribute spirits. Revises laws concerning regulation, taxation and government revenues
ITP Repeal Tax Law Amendments, Initiative 1107 (2) Taxes Would reverse certain 2010 amendments to state tax laws