Three measures added in Ballotpedia's Tuesday count
By Al Ortiz
State parks and casino operations were the subjects of two measures that were added to the ballot this past week, according to Ballotpedia’s Tuesday Count, leaving the count at 127 as of June 15, 2010.
One additional measure was retroactively added, as the Governor of Alaska signed and sent a measure to the November 2, 2010 ballot on June 5, 2010. The measure will allow voters to decide whether to guarantee residential mortgage bonds for veterans in the state.
The two measures that were added to the ballot this past week includes a California measure that would increase vehicle license fees in the state by $18 a year in order to raise about $500 million a year in a dedicated fund for the state's 278 parks. The new fee would apply to about 28 million vehicles. The measure is similar to a failed Arizona proposal that would have would have allowed free use of state parks during the day and would have required residents to pay an additional motor vehicle registration fee of $9 in order to sustain those state parks. The measure was killed in a vote of 5-4 by the House Appropriations Committee on March 24, 2010.
The other measure to be placed on the ballot this past week deals with the hot button issue of gambling, with the Rhode Island Legislature sending a casino measure to state voters in the waning hours of legislative session. The measure would allow casino gambling at the state's two slot venues, Twin River and Newport Grand. This leaves Rhode Island with two measures on the general election ballot, with another proposal asking whether or not to change state's official name from "State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations" to "Rhode Island".
Keep an eye on Ballotpedia’s Tuesday Count, as the number of certified measures may continue to change as petition drive deadlines draw near. This week, Montana’s signature deadline is fast approaching as organizers have until June 18, 2010 to submit their collected signatures in hopes of gaining ballot access. Initiative sponsors must turn in 48,673 signatures for proposed initiated constitutional amendments and 24,337 signatures for proposed initiated state statutes. Signatures must then be verified by the Montana Secretary of State before being sent to the ballot. In other initiative news, today was Nevada's signature filing deadline, but no initiative sponsors will be filing signatures in order to qualify for the ballot.
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