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.
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.
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.