2019 State and Local Ballot Measures

SELECTED STATE BALLOT MEASURES

Initiatives, referenda, amendments and propositions are on the ballot in several states and localities. Below is a listing of qualified select ballot measures at the state level.

 

Disclaimer: The selected measures listed are not final and are subject to changes, additions, and eliminations. 

For additional information, please contact Meghan Holihan at msh@stateside.com

State Title/Name Summary Date Results
Colorado Proposition CC This measure would allow the state to keep and spend all the revenue it annually collects, without raising taxes, to better fund public schools, higher education, and roads, bridges, and transit, within a balanced budget, after June 30, 2019, (but is not currently allowed to keep and spend under Colorado law) and with an annual independent audit to show how the retained revenues are spent. 11/5/2019 Passed
Colorado Proposition DD This measure allows state taxes be increased by $29 million annually to fund state water projects and commitments and to pay for the regulation of sports betting through licensed casinos by authorizing a tax on sports betting of ten percent of net sports betting proceeds, and imposing the tax on persons licensed to conduct sports betting operations. 11/5/2019 Passed
Kansas SCR 1605 This measure would allow the State to eliminate the adjustment of the census taken by the United States census bureau regarding nonresident military personnel and nonresident students when reapportioning the Kansas senate and house of representatives. 11/5/2019 Passed
Texas Proposition 9 This measure would allow the Legislature to exempt from ad valorem taxation precious metals held in precious metal depositories in the state. 11/5/2019 Passed
Texas Proposition 4 This measure would adopt a constitutional amendment which prohibits the State from levying an income tax on individuals. 11/5/2019 Passed
Washington Initiative 976 This measure would: limit annual license fees for vehicles weighing under 10,000lbs at $30; base vehicle taxes on Kelley Blue Book; repeal local Transportation Benefit District fees; repeal the $150 electric vehicle fee; and repeal authorization for certain regional transit authorities. 11/5/2019 Passed
Washington Referendum 88 This measure would support allowing Initiative 1000 to go into effect, thereby expressly allowing the state to implement affirmative action policies without the use of preferential treatment (as defined in Initiative) or quotas (as defined in Initiative) in public employment, education, and contracting. Initiative 1000 passed the legislature but needs voter approval. 11/5/2019 TBD

SELECTED LOCAL BALLOT MEASURES

Initiatives, referenda, amendments and propositions are on the ballot in several states and localities. Below is a listing of qualified select ballot measures at the local level.

 

Disclaimer: The selected measures listed are not final and are subject to changes, additions, and eliminations. 

For additional information, please contact Meghan Holihan at msh@stateside.com

Municipality State Title/Name Summary Date Results
Chicago Illinois Obama Center Referendum The measure would require City Aldermen to approve a Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) Ordinance concerning the area surrounding the Obama Center to (1) dedicate 30 percent to affordable housing; (2) freeze property taxes; and (3) provide funding for jobs and affordable housing. 2/26/2019 Passed
Tampa Florida Question 4 The measure would allow the City charter to be amended to provide that all ordinances be posted to the city website within at least 7 days before adoption. 3/5/2019 Passed
Kansas City Missouri Question 1 The measure would allow the City to enact a 0.375 percent sales tax for 10 years to fund pre-K, early childhood center improvements, and early childhood education staffing. 4/2/2019 Failed
Denver Colorado Initiated Ordinance 300 The measure would secure and enforce basic rights for all people within the jurisdiction of the City and County of Denver, including the right to rest and shelter oneself from the elements in a non-obstructive manner in outdoor public spaces, to eat, share accept or give free food in any public space where food is not prohibited, to occupy one's own legally parked motor vehicle, or occupy a legally parked motor vehicle belonging to another, with the owner's permission, and to have a right and expectation of privacy and safety of or in one's person and property. 5/7/2019 Failed
Denver Colorado Initiated Ordinance 301 The measure would adopt an ordinance to the Denver Revised Municipal Code that would make the personal use and personal possession of psilocybin mushrooms by persons 21years of age and older the city's lowest law-enforcement priority, prohibit the city from spending resources to impose criminal penalties for the personal use and personal possession of psilocybin mushrooms by persons 21 years of age and older, and establish the psilocybin mushroom policy review panel to assess and report on the effects of the ordinance. 5/7/2019 Passed
Philadelphia Pennsylvania Question 4 The measure would amend the Philadelphia Home Rule Charter to call on the General Assembly to either increase the Pennsylvania minimum wage now, so that it reaches $15 an hour, in stages, by 2025; or allow the City to itself provide for a decent, family sustaining, living wage for working Philadelphians. 5/21/2019 Passed
St Helen California Measure F The measure would adopt Ordinance No. 2018-9, which would 1) establish a rent stabilization program for St. Helena mobile home park residents who opt into the program by signing a lease of twelve months or less; 2) provide mobile home park owners a just and reasonable return on investment; and 3) create a dispute resolution process for the park owner and residents if the owner proposes an annual rent increase that is above the permissible limit. 6/4/2019 Failed
Phoenix Arizona Proposition 105 The measure would end construction of light rail extensions and redirect funds to infrastructure improvements within the City. 8/27/2019 Failed
Jersey City New Jersey Question 1 This measure would approve an ordinance passed by Council that places certain restrictions on who can use residential units as short-term rentals and how many days the units can be rented. 11/5/2019 Passed
San Francisco California Proposition C This measure would prohibit the sale of vapor products to those under the age of 21 as well as prohibit the marketing of vapor products to minors. 11/5/2019 Failed
Boulder Colorado Measure 2G This measure would raise the sales and use tax on tobacco and vaping products to 40%. 11/5/2019 Passed
Tucson Arizona Proposition 205 This measure would declare that Tucson is a sanctuary city, restricting law enforcement officers from actions to determine a person's immigration status under certain conditions. 11/5/2019 Failed
Rancho Palos Verdes California Measure B This measure would increase the minimum wage for hospitality workers. 11/5/2019 Failed
Boise Idaho Proposition 2 This measure would approve a requirement of majority voter approval before spending more than $5 million on sports stadium development projects. 11/5/2019 Passed
New York City New York Question 1 This measure would amend the City Charter to require ranked choice voting in primary and special elections for Mayor, Public Advocate, Comptroller, Borough President, and City Council beginning in January 2021. 11/5/2019 Passed
Travis County Texas Proposition A This measure would approve a tax on hotel rooms to help fund the Expo Center. 11/5/2019 Passed
Austin Texas Proposition A This measure makes voter approval a requirement on future stadium and sports arenas project funding. 11/5/2019 Failed
New Orleans Louisiana TBD The measure would allow the City to implement a 6.75% occupancy tax on short-term rentals. This revenue would be split between infrastructure (75%) and tourism (25%). 11/16/2019 TBD