Initiatives, referenda, amendments and propositions are on the ballot in several states and cities. Below is a listing of select ballot measures at the state and local level. The selected measures listed below are not final and are subject to changes, additions and eliminations before the occurrence of primary and general elections as said measures progress toward ballot qualification.
Selected State Ballot Measures
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|State||Title/Name||Summary||Date||More Info||Pass / Fail?|
|West Virginia||Amendment 1||This would authorize the state to issue bonds not exceeding $1.6 billion over a four-year period between July 1, 2018, and July 1, 2021. The following amounts would be authorized in each year: $800 million in 2018, $400 million in 2019, $200 million in 2020, and $200 million in 2021. Proceeds from the bonds would be used for the improvement and construction of highways, secondary roads, and bridges, as well as to qualify the state for matching federal funds for highway and bridge construction.||October 7||Link||Passed|
|Louisiana||Constitutional Amendment No. 1||Proposed Constitutional Amendment adds an exemption for all property delivered to a construction project site for the purpose of using the property in any tract of land, building, or other construction as a component part until the construction project is complete as defined by law and reasonable industry standards. Once the construction project is complete or a phase is complete, available for its intended use, or operational when the property is assessed by the tax assessor, then the exemption no longer applies. This proposed exemption does not apply to public service property unless otherwise provided by the constitution.||October 14||Link||Passed|
|Louisiana||Constitutional Amendment No. 2||Proposed Constitutional Amendment adds this exemption beginning in 2018 for an unmarried surviving spouse of a person who died and was either (1) an emergency medical responder, technician, or paramedic who died while performing the duties of their employment; (2) a volunteer firefighter, verified by the Office of the State Fire Marshal to have died while performing firefighting duties; or (3) a law enforcement or fire protection officer who died on duty and would have qualified for the salary supplement if he had completed the first year of his employment before his death. |
Proposed Constitutional Amendment also provides that the exemption is based on the following conditions: (1) the property is eligible for the homestead exemption and was the residence of the person at their time of death; (2) the surviving spouse has not remarried; and (3) the surviving spouse annually provides evidence of eligibility for the exemption to the parish tax assessor.
|Louisiana||Constitutional Amendment No. 3||Proposed Constitutional Amendment creates the “Construction Subfund” within the Transportation Trust Fund and requires that any new taxes on gasoline, motor fuels, or special fuels on or after July 1, 2017 are to be deposited into the subfund. Proposed Constitutional Amendment also requires that the monies in the construction subfund be appropriated and dedicated solely for the direct costs associated with actual project delivery, construction, and maintenance of transportation and capital transit infrastructure projects of the state and local government and prohibits the Department of Transportation and Development from using any monies in the subfund for the payment of employee wages and related benefits or employee retirement benefits.||October 14||Link||Passed|
|Maine||Question 1||This would allow a certain out-of-state company to operate table games and/or slot machines in York County, subject to state and local approval, with part of the profits going to specific programs.||November 7||Link||Failed|
|Maine||Question 2||This would require the State to provide federally approved Medicaid services through MaineCare to qualifying persons with an income equal to or below 133% plus 5% of the non-farm income official poverty line.||November 7||Link||Passed|
|Maine||Question 4||This amendment would reduce volatility in state pension funding requirements caused by the financial markets by increasing the length of time over which experience losses are amortized from 10 years to 20 years, in line with pension industry standards.||November 7||Link||Passed|
|New Jersey||Public Question #1||This bond act|
authorizes the State to issue bonds in the aggregate principal amount of $125 million.
The proceeds of the bonds will be used to provide grants to public libraries.
|New Jersey||Public Question #2||This amendment would dedicate moneys collected by the State relating to natural|
resource damages through settlements or awards for legal claims based on
|New York||Proposal 1||This proposal would set a Constitutional Convention to develop changes to the State constitution that voters would determine in November 2019.||November 7||Link||Failed|
|New York||Proposal 2||This allows judges to revoke the State pension of a public officer convicted of a felony related to the officer's duties.||November 7||Link||Passed|
|New York||Proposal 3||This creates a 250 acre land bank to provide forest preserve land for local projects.||November 7||Link||Passed|
|Ohio||Issue 1||Proposed constitutional amendment would adopt the Ohio Crime Victims Bill of Rights. The amendment outlines ten (10) enumerated rights of the crime victim, including the right to be notified of all changes to offender's status; right to be heard in public proceeding involving release, plea, sentencing, dispotion, or parole; and the right to refuse discovery requests made by the accused, except as authorized by the Ohio Constitution.||November 7||Link||Passed|
|Ohio||Issue 2||The Act would enact Section 194.01 of the Ohio Revised Code to require that notwithstanding any other provision of law and in so far as permissable under federal law, the State of Ohio shall not enter into any agreement for the purchase of prescription drugs or agree to pay, directly or indirectly, for prescription durgs, icluding where the state is the ultimate payer, unless the net cost is the same fo less than the lowest price paid for the same drug by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.||November 7||Link||Failed|
|Texas||Proposition 1||This constitutional amendment provides an exemption from ad valorem taxation of part of the market value of the residence homestead of a partially disabled veteran or the surviving spouse of a partially disabled veteran if the residence homestead was donated to the disabled veteran by a charitable organization for less than the market value.||November 7||Link||Passed|
|Texas||Proposition 2||This constiutional amendment lowers the cap on home equity loan-related fees to 2%; allows home equity loans against agricultural property; allows refinicing of a home equity loan with a purchase money loan; and allows advance son a home equity line of credit if the principal remains below 80% of fair market value.||November 7||Link||Passed|
|Texas||Proposition 3||The constitutional amendment limiting the service of certain officeholders appointed by the governor and confirmed by the senate after the expiration of the person’s term of office.||November 7||Link||Passed|
|Texas||Proposition 4||The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to require a court to provide notice to the attorney general of a challenge to the constitutionality of a state statute and authorizing the legislature to prescribe a waiting period before the court may enter a judgment holding the statute unconstitutional.||November 7||Link||Passed|
|Texas||Proposition 5||The constitutional amendment on professional sports team charitable foundations conducting|
|Texas||Proposition 6||The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to provide for an exemption from ad valorem taxation of all or part of the market value of the residence homestead of the surviving spouse of a first responder who is killed or fatally injured in the line of duty.||November 7||Link||Passed|
|Texas||Proposition 7||The constitutional amendment relating to legislative authority to permit credit unions and other financial institutions to award prizes by lot to promote savings.||November 7||Link||Passed|
|Washington||Advisory Vote No. 16||Repeal or Maintain: The legislature increased, without a vote of the people, the food fish excise tax rate on certain salmon and game fish, costing less than $1,000,000 in the first ten years, for government spending.||November 7||Link||Failed|
|Washington||Advisory Vote No. 17||Repeal or Maintain: The legislature expanded, without a vote of the people, the business and occupation tax and narrowed certain retail sales and use tax exemptions, costing $565,000,000 in the first ten years, for government spending.||November 7||Link||Failed|
|Washington||Advisory Vote No. 18||Repeal or Maintain: The legislature imposed, without a vote of the people, an additional state property tax for common schools, costing $12,949,000,000 in the first ten years, for government spending.||November 7||Link||Failed|
Selected Local Ballot Measures
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|Municipality||State||Name||Summary||Date||Pass / Fail?|
|Albuquerque||New Mexico||Albuquerque Healthy Workforce Ordinance||An initiative Ordinance of the City of Albuquerque Amending Title 13 of the Albuquerque Municipal Code to Allow Employees to Accrue and Use Sick Leave.||October 3||Failed|
|Amelia County||Virginia||N/A||This measure would implement a tax, at a rate of 4% or less, on the amount charged for prepared food and beverages sold in the County, as provided by §58.1-3833 of the Code of Virginia, as amended, with the stipulation that the revenue from such a tax shall be used to fund operational expenses and capital projects related to fire protection|
and emergency medical services.
|Barstow||California||Measure J||This measure implements a 0.5% transactions and use (sales) tax within the City.||November 7||Passed|
|Boones Mill||Virginia||N/A||This measure would allow the sale of mixed alcoholic beverages by restaurants licensed by the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board be permitted in the Town of Boones Mill.||November 7||Passed|
|Brisbane||California||Measure D||This measure would impose a business license tax on soil recycling establishments.||November 7||Passed|
|Brisbane||California||Measure E||This measure amends an existing Ordinance to increase the business license tax on certain recycling businesses within the City.||November 7||Passed|
|Burlingame||California||Measure I||This measure implements a 0.25% tax on tangible personal property sold, stored, used, or consumed within the City.||November 7||Passed|
|Coalinga||California||Public Safety Services Sales Tax||The proposed measure increases sales tax within the City by 1%.||November 7||Failed|
|Farmersville||California||Measure P||This measure would implement a 0.5% transactions and use (sales) tax within the City.||November 7||Passed|
|Farmersville||California||Measure Q||This measure would adopt an ordinance authorizing a commercial cannabis business|
tax in the City of Farmersville on commercial cannabis businesses up to $25 per
square foot (annually adjusted by CPI) or 10% of gross receipts, to maintain essential public safety and general City services including, but not limited to, police, drug addiction and gang prevention, park maintenance, street maintenance for Farmersville residents, generating undetermined revenue, potentially $500,000 to $3.5 million annually, until repealed.
|Floyd County||Virginia||N/A||This measure would implement a tax on food and beverages sold, for human consumption, in the unincorporated areas of Floyd|
County, Virginia, pursuant to §58.1-3833 of the Code of Virginia, 1950, as amended, subject to the exceptions and limitations established by law, with the revenues collected from the tax to be used to support capital improvements as determined by the Floyd County Board of Supervisors.
|Hawthorne||California||Measure HH||This measure implements a 0.75% transactions and use (sales) tax to be collected until repealed by the voters or City Council.||November 7||Passed|
|Lakespur||California||Measure B||To maintain City services, shall the City of Larkspur extend the voter-approved sales tax at the 3/4¢ rate until ended by voters.||November 7||Passed|
|Mendocino||California||Measure B - Mental Health Treatment Act||This measure implements a 0.5% transaction and use (sales) tax to be collected until repealed by voters.||November 7||Passed|
|Novato||California||Measure D||Measure D will impose development restrictions on land located outside the Urban Growth Boundary, when city permits are sought or when such land is annexed to the City. The uses to which such land may be put, without the granting of an exception, are limited and are described in Measure D as “non-urban” uses such as “agricultural, conservation, parkland and open space uses”.||November 7||Passed|
|Pacifica||California||Measure C||Measure C would adopt an ordinance entitled “Pacifica|
Community Preservation, Rent Stabilization, and Renters’ Rights Act” (“Ordinance”).
|Santa Barbara||California||N/A||This measure would implement a 1% sales tax within the City.||November 7||Passed|
|Tuscon||Arizona||Proposition 202||This measure would implement a 0.1% transaction privilege (sales) tax within the City.||November 7||Passed|
|Tuscon||Arizona||Proposition 203||This measure would implement a 0.1% transaction privilege (sales) tax within the City.||November 7||Passed|
|Tuscon||Arizona||Proposition 204||This measure would implement a 0.5% transaction privilege (sales) tax within the City.||November 7||Failed|
|Victorville||California||Measure K||This measure implements a 0.5% transactions and use (sales) tax within the City.||November 7||Passed|
|Wise County||Virginia||N/A||This measure would allow the sale of wine and beer between the hours of twelve o'clock p.m. on each Saturday and six o'clock a.m. on each Monday be permitted in Wise County.||November 7||Passed|
|Woodlake||California||Measure R||This measure would implement a 1% transactions and use (sales) tax within the City.||November 7||Passed|
|Woodlake||California||Measure S||This measure would enact an ordinance imposing a local general tax on cannabis|
businesses at a rate not exceeding $25 per square foot (annually adjusted by CPI)
or 10% of gross receipts, to maintain essential public safety and general City
services for Woodlake residents; generating undetermined revenue until repealed.