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Kate Campeau's Ballot Measure Guide 2012

Last posted Nov 06, 2012 at 09:59AM EST. Added Nov 02, 2012 at 07:57PM EDT
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Ballot measures are often confusing, and voting is in a few days, so I thought that I’d make a guide to what each state ballot measure means. I’ll be explaining just about every state ballot measure, so this will be a multi-post guide. I can’t post them all at once because of character limits. I’m doing them based on what order they’re on on Ballotpedia.

Thanks goes to Ballotpedia for listing Ballot Measure text.

Alaska:

Bonding Proposition A: Voting YES would issue 454 million dollars for transportation projects in the state of Alaska.

Ballot Measure 1: Voting YES would convene a convention to propose amendments to the Alaska State Constitution.

Arizona:

Prop 114: Voting YES would protect victims of assault and attempted murder, etc. from having to pay damages in cases of self-defense.

Prop 115: Voting YES would increase the terms of Appellate and Trial court judges from 6 years to 8 years, and increase the mandatory retirement age from 70 to 75. It would also only allow the State Bar to appoint one out of 5 attorneys to a judicial nominating commission. Also, the measure would increase the governor’s options when picking finalists for the state supreme court, Court of Appeals and the superior courts of Pima and Maricopa County. Currently, special screening panels review potential judges for those courts, where the governor can pick at least three finalists. If enacted, this measure would increase that from 3 to 8.

Prop 116: Voting YES gives a property tax break to businesses that purchase new equipment.

Prop 117: Voting YES would cap property tax increases by 5% over the last year’s value starting in 2015.

Prop 118: Voting YES would mandate that the annual distribution from the Permanent Fund be 2.5 percent of the average monthly market values of the fund for the next 5 years.

Prop 119: Voting YES allows the Arizona Legislature to exchange trust land to protect military installations or manage lands.

Prop 120: Voting YES attempts to establish state sovereignty over all federal lands in Arizona, including the Grand Canyon. (NOTE: THIS PROPOSITION VIOLATES FEDERAL LAW)

Prop 121: Voting YES would implement the so called “Jungle Primary” in which all candidates run in a single primary and the top two advance to the general election.

Prop 204: Voting YES would renew 2010’s one cent sales tax hike for education funding.

To be continued.

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Arkansas:

Issue 1: Voting YES would ratify a half cent sales tax in Arkansas.

Issue 2: Voting YES allows cities and counties to create zones for infrastructure development.

Issue 3: Voting YES legalizes casinos.

Issue 4: Voting YES legalizes casinos in Sebastian, Pulaski, Garland, Miller, Crittenden, Boone and Jefferson counties. If 3 fails and 4 passes, then casinos are only allowed in those 7 counties. If 3 passes, 4 is irrelevant.

Issue 5: Voting YES legalizes medical marijuana.

California:

Prop 30: Voting YES taxes the rich to improve education.

Prop 31: Voting YES would cause state budgets to be passed for 2 years instead of 1.

Prop 32: Voting YES makes it difficult for unions to get politically involved while having exemptions for corporations and SuperPACs.

Prop 33: Voting YES will allow insurers to set prices based on whether the driver previously carried insurance coverage with any insurance company.

Prop 34: Voting YES repeals the death penalty.

Prop 35: Voting YES increases penalties for sex slavery and human trafficking.

Prop 36: Voting YES requires all 3 strikes in the 3 strikes law to be from violent crimes.

Prop 37: Voting YES would require genetically modified food to be labelled.

Prop 38: Voting YES would increase taxes to pay for education.

Prop 39: Voting YES would increase taxes on multistate businesses that do business in California.

Prop 40: Voting NO would throw out the State Senate redistricting plan.

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Colorado:

Amendment 64: Voting YES would legalize medical marijuana.

Amendment 65: Voting YES would limit corporate contributions in elections in Colorado.

Amendment S: Voting YES would require state workers to be Colorado residents, would restrict the number of finalists for state government jobs, and limit temporary worker hiring while expanding full time hiring.

Florida:

Amendment 1: Voting YES would attempt to go over the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and prevent penalties for not having health insurance. (NOTE: THIS AMENDMENT VIOLATES FEDERAL LAW)

Amendment 2: Voting YES gives property tax breaks for disabled veterans.

Amendment 3: Voting YES replaces existing revenue limits with a new limitation based on inflation and population change. Any funds that exceed the revenue limits would be placed in the state’s “rainy day fund.” Once the fund reaches 10% of the prior year’s total budget the Florida State Legislature would be required to vote to either provide tax relief or reduce property taxes.

Amendment 4: Voting YES would limit property and housing price increases.

Amendment 5: Voting YES would give the Florida Legislature more checks over the Florida Judicial Branch.

Amendment 6: Voting YES would prohibit any Florida public funds for being used for abortions.

Amendment 8: Voting YES would allow for public funds to be used for religion. (NOTE: THIS AMENDMENT IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL)

Amendment 9: Voting YES allows for tax exemptions for spouses of soldiers and first responders who died in the line of service.

Amendment 10: Voting YES provides tax exemptions on property worth between 25000 and 50000 dollars.

Amendment 11: Voting YES allows municipalities and counties to offer more tax exemptions for low-income seniors.

Amendment 12: Voting YES would replace the president of the Florida Student Association with the chair of the council of state university student body presidents as the student member of the Board of Governors of the State University System. The amendment also requires that the Board of Governors create a council of state university student body presidents.

Idaho:

Prop 1: Voting NO would repeal the new law limiting the collective bargaining rights of teachers.

Prop 2: Voting NO would repeal the new law that reduces teacher pay.

Prop 3: Voting NO would repeal the new law requiring students to take 2 online courses.

HJR 2: Voting YES would add the rights to unlimited hunting, fishing, and trapping to the Idaho Constitution.

SJR 102: Voting YES would give the State Board of Correction management of adult felony probation and parole.

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Illinois:

HJRCA 49: Voting YES would require a 3/5ths vote for the Illinois Legislature to alter pension benefits for public employees.

Louisiana:

Amendment 1: Voting YES would prevent cuts of Medicaid benefits to seniors.

Amendment 2: Voting YES would add the right to bear arms to the Louisiana constitution.

Amendment 3: Voting YES would require more advance filing for bills involving public employee retirement.

Amendment 4: Voting YES will provide tax exemptions to veterans’ spouses.

Amendment 5: Voting YES will allow the legislature to deny retirement benefits to any public employee or official who commits a felony related to their office.

Amendment 6: Voting YES will authorize the city of New Iberia to grant contracts for the exemption of property annexed by the city

Amendment 7: Voting YES will retain the existing number of members on constitutional boards and to provide for implementation of membership from reapportioned congressional districts by filling vacancies first from under-represented districts and then from the state at large. (Sorry, it doesn’t get any simpler than that. Just vote yes, it makes solving administrative vacancies easier to fill when unexpected events happen)

Amendment 8: Voting YES allows local government to allow property tax exemptions for non-manufacturing businesses.

Amendment 9: Voting YES would require evaluations before creating special policing districts for expanded law enforcement.

Maine:

Question 1: Voting YES would legalize gay marriage.

Question 2: Voting YES would invest 11 million for community colleges.

Question 3: Voting YES would invest 5 million in clean water and healthy lands.

Question 4: Voting YES would invest 51 million in road repair.

Question 5: Voting YES would invest 8 million in clean water

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Maryland:

Question 1: Voting FOR requires judges of the Orphans’ Court of Prince George County to be approved to practise law by the Maryland Bar and to be in good standing with the Maryland Bar.

Question 2: Voting FOR requires judges of the Orphans’ Court of Baltimore County to be approved to practise law by the Maryland Bar and to be in good standing with the Maryland Bar.

Question 3: Voting FOR requires elected officials to be removed from office if convicted of a major crime.

Question 4: Voting AGAINST repeals the Maryland DREAM Act allowing for undocumented immigrants to have a gateway to legal residence through college.

Question 5: Voting AGAINST repeals this decade’s redistricting map.

Question 6: Voting AGAINST repeals the new law legalizing gay marriage.

Question 7: Voting FOR allows for the construction of a new casino in Prince George County

Massachusetts:

Question 1: Voting YES requires automobile manufacturers to provide non-proprietary diagnostic directly to consumers and also the safety information needed to repair their cars.

Question 2: Voting YES legalizes physician assisted suicide “Death with Dignity” for terminally ill patients.

Question 3: Voting YES legalizes medical marijuana.

Michigan:

Prop 1: Voting NO repeals the law allowing the Governor to eliminate the power of local government and install Emergency Financial Managers. (Emergency Financial Managers are essentially local government dictators) (NOTE: THE FINANCIAL MANAGER LAW IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL)

Prop 2: Voting YES ensures the right to join a union and collectively bargain in the Michigan Constitution.

Prop 3: Voting YES requires 25% of energy to come from renewable energy by 2025.

Prop 4: Voting YES gives home care workers limited collective bargaining rights.

Prop 5: Voting YES requires a 2/3 vote to raise taxes.

Prop 6: Voting YES requires a referendum to approve any transportation projects to Ontario.

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Missouri:

Amendment 3: Voting YES grants the Governor the power to appoint four of the members of the Appellate Judicial Commission.

Prop A: Voting YES requires that all municipal police departments to be controlled by the appropriate local governing body.

Prop B: Voting YES imposes an additional $1 tax on each package of twenty cigarettes.

Prop E: Voting YES would deny individuals, families, and small businesses the ability to access affordable health care plans through a state-based health benefit exchange unless authorized by statute, initiative or referendum or through an exchange operated by the federal government as required by the federal health care act. (NOTE: THIS PROPOSITION VIOLATES FEDERAL LAW)

Montana:

LR-120: Voting FOR requires parental notification before a woman under 16 can have an abortion.

LR-121: Voting FOR requires Montana residents to show proof of citizenship before they can access state services.

LR-121: Voting FOR attempts to block the federal provision in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act requiring citizens to acquire health insurance. (NOTE: THIS PROPOSITION VIOLATES FEDERAL LAW)

IR-124: Voting FOR replaces the current Montana medical marijuana system with a newer one that provides more options to patients, including allowing patients to grow their own marijuana.

I-166: Voting FOR would reinforce restrictions on corporate campaign contributions in Montana elections and push for an overturn of Citizens United.

Nebraska:

Amendment 1: Voting YES would require candidates for office in Nebraska to be impeached if they commit a crime.

Amendment 2: Voting YES would put the right to unlimited hunting and fishing into the Nebraska Constitution.

Amendment 3: Voting YES would allow state legislators to serve 3 consecutive terms instead of two.

Amendment 4: Voting YES would raise state lawmaker salaries to $22500 a year.

Nov 02, 2012 at 11:00PM EDT
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Goodness gracious, this is a lot of useful information. Thanks for making this, Katie, it’s an excellent resource.

One thing though, I feel your summation on Florida’s Amendment 8 is somewhat biased. I don’t really think this thread should influence voter opinions beyond allowing them to draw their own conclusions about these amendments, so it would be nice if you could change that point.

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Fridge, that’s a violation of seperation of church and state. I agree with her summation.

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Nevada:

Question 1: Voting YES allows for the Nevada Legislature to hold a special session by a petition signed by 2/3 of both the State Assembly and State Senate.

New Mexico:

Bond Question A: Voting FOR allows for up to a 10 million dollar investment in senior citizen facilities.

Bond Question B: Voting FOR allows for up to a 10 million dollar investment in libraries and construction.

Bond Question C: Voting FOR allows for up to a 120 million dollar investment in higher education.

Amendment 1: Voting FOR adds a municipal judge and a public member to the state Judicial Standards Commission.

Amendment 2: Voting FOR increases requirements to become a Public Regulations Commissioner.

Amendment 3: Voting FOR moves corporate charter authority from the Public Regulation Commissioner to the Secretary of State.

Amendment 4: Voting FOR would remove insurance division from the Public Regulations Commission and make it an independent entity.

Amendment 5: Voting FOR would make the Public Defender Department independent from the rest of the state government.

North Dakota:

Measure 1: Voting YES would eliminate state authority to apply a poll tax and would remove offensive language in the North Dakota constitution. (NOTE: If this measure isn’t passed, the provisions still must be eliminated because they violate the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and also violate the 14th and 15th Amendment of the US Constitution.

Measure 2: Voting YES requires North Dakota executive officials to take an oath of office.

Measure 3: Voting YES would block any law limiting the rights of farmers and ranchers.

Measure 4: Voting YES bans smoking in indoor workplaces.

Measure 5: Voting YES makes animal abuse a felony.

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Thanks for all the info, Katie. I agree with Twili that you shouldn’t change your summation of Florida’s Amendment 8. It may be biased, but it is a fact that this is unconstitutional.

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Ohio:

Issue 1: Voting YES would convene a Constitutional Convention to propose amendments to the Ohio Constitution.

Issue 2: Voting YES would take the power of drawing the legislative and congressional districts out of the hands of state lawmakers and put it into the hands of the citizens.

Oklahoma:

Question 758: Voting YES would prevent annual increases on property taxes.

Question 759: Voting YES would ban affirmative action and require employment entirely based on qualification, banning any discrimination for or against anyone based on gender, nationality, or origin.

Question 762: Voting YES would remove the Governor from the parole process.

Question 764: Voting YES creates a fund for water infrastructure.

Question 765: Voting YES abolishes the Oklahoma Department of Human Services. It also allows the legislature to create a replacement.

Question 766: Voting YES would abolish property taxes on intangible property.

Oregon:

Measure 77: Voting YES gives constitutional authority to the Governor to respond to disaster situations.

Measure 78: Voting YES makes various terminology changes to the Constitution and modernizes the spelling and grammar in the state constitution.

Measure 79: Voting YES bans real estate transfer taxes.

Measure 80: Voting YES legalizes state regulated marijuana sales.

Measure 81: Voting YES bans Columbia River salmon fishing with gillnets. Seine nets will be required instead.

Measure 82: Voting YES legalizes casinos in Oregon, and requires part of the profits to be paid to the State Lottery fund.

Measure 83: Voting YES authorizes one specific Multnomah County casino. If 82 passes, this measure is irrelevant.

Measure 84: Voting YES repeals the state estate tax.

Measure 85: Voting YES allows for corporate income tax to fund K-12 edcuation.

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South Dakota:

Amendment M: Voting YES will authorize alternative methods of voting in elections for corporate directors, expand the types of contributions a corporation may receive for the issuance of stock or bonds, and establish procedures governing the increase of corporate stock or debt.

Amendment N: Voting YES allows for the legislature to choose reimbursement rates for travel between legislative sections. It is currently fixed at 5 cents per mile in the State Constitution.

Amendment O: Voting YES changes the required 12 million dollar yearly transfer of funds from the cement trust fund to the state general fund to 4% of market value, and would require the transferred monies to be used for education.

Amendment P: Voting YES requires every future state budget to be balanced.

Referred Law 14: Voting NO blocks the bill that dedicates some tax revenues for grants to go to state business projects.

Referred Law 16: Voting NO blocks the new education law that it establishes a scholarship program for eligible college students who commit to teach in South Dakota in critical need subject areas, creates a program to provide state-funded annual bonuses for eligible math and science teachers, develops a separate “Top Teachers” bonus program that provides annual state-funded merit bonuses for up to 20% of each school district’s full-time certified teachers, as awarded by the local school boards. Alternatively, a school board may enact its own program for teacher bonuses, using these state-provided funds. A school board may opt out of these merit bonus programs altogether, resulting in re-allocation of its merit bonus funds to other participating school districts. The law also mandates a uniform statewide system for evaluating teachers and principals, including a rating system and eliminates state requirements for continuing contracts (“tenure”) for teachers who do not achieve tenure by July 1, 2016. School boards may, in their discretion, choose to offer continuing contracts to non-tenured teachers.

Initiated Measure 15: Voting YES increases sales tax by one percent.

Utah:

Amendment A: Voting YES will require a portion of the revenue from all of the state’s severance taxes to be deposited into the permanent state trust fund.

Amendment B: Voting YES will exempt military personnel from paying property taxes.

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Washington:

I-1185: Voting YES would require a 2/3 majority to raise taxes.

I-1240: Voting YES would allow for 40 charter schools to be built over the next 5 years.

I-502: Voting YES legalizes marijuana for people 21 and older.

Referendum 74: Voting REJECTED repeals the law legalizing gay marriage.

SJR 8221: Voting APPROVE would approve a proposed state constitutional amendment that would lower Washington’s debt limit.

SJR 8223: Voting APPROVE would allow UW and WSU to invest funds in the stock market.

Wyoming:

Amendment A: Voting YES would attempt to nullify the insurance mandate in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act within the state of Wyoming. (NOTE: THIS AMENDMENT VIOLATES FEDERAL LAW)

Amendment B: Voting YES amends the Wyoming Constitution to allow for unlimited hunting and fishing.

Amendment C: Voting YES allows district court commissioners to act even if the district court judge is present.

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Alabama:

Amendment 1: Voting YES extends the Forever Wild Land Trust for another 20 years.

Amendment 2: Voting YES restricts the bond limit for general obligation bonds to 750 million.

Amendment 3: Voting YES would define the Stockton Landmark District within the county and would also prohibit any annexation of property within the district into a municipality by local law.

Amendment 4: Voting YES would completely purge all remaining deprecated Jim Crow laws from the Alabama lawbooks and State Constitution.

Amendment 5: Voting YES transfers of the assets and liabilities of the Water Works and Sewer Board of the City of Prichard to the Board of Water and Sewer Commissioners of the City of Mobile, presently known as the Mobile Area Water Sewer System

Amendment 6: Voting YES attempts to block the federal provision in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act requiring citizens to acquire health insurance. (NOTE: THIS PROPOSITION VIOLATES FEDERAL LAW)

Amendment 7: Voting YES allows for secret ballots to be used in union votes.

Amendment 8: Voting YES only allows for pay raises for state politicians to come into effect at the beginning of the next term, similar to the 27th Amendment to the US Constitution.

Amendment 9: Voting YES allows the State Legislature to implement business privilege tax on corporations.

Amendment 10: Voting YES eliminates the partial intertwinement of the private banking sector and the Alabama government, prevents bailouts by the State Gov, and removes references to the silver standard and gold standard from the lawbooks and Alabama Constitution.

Amendment 11: Voting YES prohibits a municipality that is outside of Lawrence County from imposing any municipal ordinance or regulation.

Georgia:

Amendment 1: Voting YES amends the Georgia Constitution to allow for charter schools.

Amendment 2: Voting YES gives the State Properties Commission the authority to enter into multiyear lease agreements.

Hawaii:

Dam and Reservoir Owners Assistance Amendment: Voting YES authorizes the State to issue special purpose revenue bonds and use the proceeds from the bonds to assist dam and reservoir owners to make their facilities compliant with current safety standards.

Appointment of Retired Judges Amendment Voting YES authorizes the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Hawaii to appoint retired judges to temporary stations.

Kansas:

HCR 5017: Voting YES separates taxes on boats from other property taxes.

Kentucky:

Amendment 1: Voting YES allows for unlimited fishing and hunting.

Minnesota:

Amendment 1: Voting YES bans gay marriage in the state Constitution.

Amendment 2: Voting YES requires a person to show photo ID at the polls in order to vote.

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New Hampshire:

CACR 26: Voting YES would make the chief justice of the state supreme court to be administrative head of all the courts.

CACR 13: Voting YES would ban new state income taxes.

ConCon Voting YES would convene a convention to propose amending the New Hampshire Constitution.

New Jersey:

Public Question 1: Voting YES would allow state to borrow $750 mil for upgrades at state’s colleges.

Public Question 2: Voting YES would mandate that more contributions from judges’ and justices’ salaries be given for judicial pensions and health care in the state.

North Carolina:

There are no ballot measures in North Carolina in the coming election.

South Carolina:

Amendment 1 Voting YES would require the Governor to select running mate for Lt. Governor, and the Lt. Governor will no longer be presiding officer of the State Senate.

Rhode Island:

Question 1: Voting YES would allow Twin River Casino to host table games.

Question 2: Voting YES would allow Newport Grand Casino to host table games.

Question 3: would authorize the state government to issue general bonds of no more than $50,000,000 for renovations and modernization of academic buildings at Rhode Island College.

Question 4: Voting YES would authorize the state government to issue bonds of no more than $94,000,000 for the construction of a new Veterans’ Home and renovations to existing facilities

Question 5: Voting YES would authorize the state government to issue bonds of no more than $12,000,000 to finance wastewater infrastructure projects and eight million dollars $8,000,000 to finance drinking water infrastructure projects.

Question 6: Voting YES would authorize the state government to issue bonds of no more than $20,000,000 for environmental and recreational purposes.

Question 7: Voting YES would authorize the state government to issue bonds of no more than $25,000,000 for affordable housing.

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Virginia:

Question 1 Voting YES only allows eminent domain to be used for public use.

Question 2 Voting YES allows the legislature to delay the start of its veto session by up to one week.

West Virginia:

Question 1 Voting FOR repeals term limits for County Sheriffs.

Puerto Rico

Political Status Question Voting YES on the first question will alter the current status of Puerto Rico as a commonwealth. The second question is meant to assess Puerto Ricans’ preference of statehood, independence, or free nationhood with the US as an alternative to commonwealth status.

Nov 03, 2012 at 01:59AM EDT
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Lets see… o..o…Oregon! Here we go!

Measure 77: Why the hell not? But then again this thing did backfire on us in Star Wars… Damnit Jar-Jar, you gave Sidious control over the republic!

Measure 78: This will help greatly as long as it is handled correctly. So Yes.

Measure 79: I don’t know. Even though Real Estate would be easier to purchase (something I need to do soon), in the long run it might be hard to un-ban once the economic problem is over.

Measure 80: You know what? Yes. Yes and TAX THE FUCK OUT OF IT. With the exception that you must be 21 or older to purchase.

Measure 81: Understandable, so Yes.

Measure 82: The Oregon Lottery has a big fat tax in Oregon. Since casinos would have similar effects (and would be something I wouldn’t take part in for another 5 or so years), so Yes.

Measure 83: Voteing Yes for 82 and No for 83. trollface

Measure 84: No.

Measure 85: Yes. In fact: Hell Yes. Better Education = Better Workers = Better Future.4

Thanks for the list Kate!

Nov 03, 2012 at 07:13PM EDT
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Well I can see we agree there, Nats. Also, it confuses me why other states don’t have vote-by-mail like we do…

Nov 06, 2012 at 09:59AM EST
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