2020 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
Maine Question 1 This referendum would prevent the Act To Protect Maine Children and Students from Preventable Diseases by Repealing Certain Exemptions from the Laws Governing Immunization Requirements from taking effect in September 2020. If enacted, this law would eliminate religious and philosophical exemptions from vaccine requirements. 3/3/2020 Failed
Oklahoma State Question 802 This constitutional amendment would expand Medicaid eligibility statewide to adults between 18 and 65 whose income is 133% of the federal poverty level or below. 6/30/2020 Passed
Maine Question 1 This bond measure would authorize $15 million in general obligation bonds for the ConnectME Authority to provide funding for high-speed internet infrastructure in the underserved and unserved areas of the state. 7/14/2020 Passed
Missouri Amendment 2 This amendment would expand Medicaid for persons 19 to 64 years old with an income level at or below 133% of the federal poverty level, as set forth in the Affordable Care Act. 8/4/2020 Passed
Alaska 19AKBE This act would create an open nonpartisan primary where all candidates would appear on one ballot; Candidates could choose to have a political party preference listed next to their name or be listed as “undeclared” or “nonpartisan.” This act would also establish ranked-choice voting for the general election. This act would also require additional disclosures for contributions to independent expenditure groups and relating to the sources of contributions. 11/3/2020 TBD
Arkansas Arkansas Term Limits Amendment This ballot measure would implement term limits to 12 consecutive years for state legislators. 11/3/2020 TBD
Arkansas A Constitutional Amendment To Amend The Process For The Submission, Challenge, And Approval Of Proposed Initiated Acts, Constitutional Amendments, And Referenda This amendment would make various changes to procedures including moving the filing deadline for initiative petitions up to January 15; increasing the petition signature county threshold; removing the procedure to amend a submitted petition; extending all deadlines if deadlines occur on a legal holiday or weekend; and increasing the number of votes in the General Assembly to propose a constitutional amendment. 11/3/2020 TBD
California Proposition 25 This ballot measure would prevent a 2018 law that replaces the money bail system with a system for pretrial release from jail based on a determination of public safety or flight risk, and limits pretrial detention for most misdemeanors from going into effect. 11/3/2020 TBD
California Proposition 20 This initiative would impose restrictions on parole program for non-violent offenders who have completed the full term for their primary offense. Expands list of offenses that disqualify an inmate from this parole program. 11/3/2020 TBD
California Proposition 15 This initiative would tax certain commercial and industrial real property based on fair-market value—rather than, under current law, the purchase price with limited inflation. Exempts agricultural property and certain small businesses. 11/3/2020 TBD
California Proposition 21 This initiative would amend state law to allow local governments to establish rent control on residential properties over 15 years old. It would allow rent increases on rent-controlled properties of up to 15% over three years from previous tenant’s rent above any increase allowed by local ordinance. It would exempt individuals who own no more than two homes from new rent-control policies. 11/3/2020 TBD
California Proposition 22 This initiative would establish different criteria for determining whether app-based transportation (rideshare) and delivery drivers are “employees” or “independent contractors.” Independent contractors are not entitled to certain state-law protections afforded employees—including minimum wage, overtime, unemployment insurance, and workers’ compensation. Instead, companies with independent contractor drivers will be required to provide specified alternative benefits, including: minimum compensation and healthcare subsidies based on engaged driving time, vehicle insurance, safety training, and sexual harassment policies. 11/3/2020 TBD
California Proposition 23 This initiative would require at least one licensed physician on site during treatment at outpatient kidney dialysis clinics. It would require clinics to report dialysis-related infection data to state and federal governments. It would prohibit clinics from discriminating against patients based on the source of payment for care. 11/3/2020 TBD
California Proposition 24 This initiative would permit consumers to: (1) prevent businesses from sharing personal information; (2) correct inaccurate personal information; and (3) limit businesses’ use of “sensitive personal information”—such as precise geolocation; race; ethnicity; religion; genetic data; union membership; private communications; and certain sexual orientation, health, and biometric information. Changes criteria for which businesses must comply with these laws. Prohibits businesses’ retention of personal information for longer than reasonably necessary. Triples maximum penalties for violations concerning consumers under age 16. Establishes California Privacy Protection Agency to enforce and implement consumer privacy laws, and impose administrative fines. 11/3/2020 TBD
Colorado National Popular Vote This referendum would approve a bill that makes Colorado a member of the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, giving all of Colorado's electoral votes to the presidential candidate who receive the most votes nationwide. This is dependent on the Compact becoming effective. 11/3/2020 TBD
Colorado Cigarette Tobacco and Nicotine Products Tax This referendum would approve a bill that imposes a tax on nicotine liquids used in e-cigarettes and other vaping products that is equal to the total state tax on tobacco products when fully phase in. It also establishes a minimum price for cigarettes. 11/3/2020 TBD
Florida Amendment 3 This amendment would allow all registered voters to vote in primaries for state legislature, governor, and cabinet regardless of political party affiliation. This amendment would also place all candidates for an office, including party nominated candidates, on the same primary ballot with the top two highest vote getters advancing to the general election. 11/3/2020 TBD
Florida Amendment 2 This amendment would raise the state minimum wage to $10.00 per hour effective September 30, 2021. Each September 30 thereafter, the state minimum wage would increase by $1.00 per hour until the minimum wage reaches $15.00 per hour on September 30, 2026. 11/3/2020 TBD
Florida Amendment 4 This amendment would require all proposed amendments or revisions to the state constitution to be approved by the voters in two elections, instead of one, in order to take effect. It applies the current thresholds for passage to each of the two elections. 11/3/2020 TBD
Illinois Amendment 1 This amendment would repeal the state's constitutional requirement that the state personal income tax be a flat rate. This amendment would allow the state to enact legislation for a graduated income tax. 11/3/2020 TBD
Louisiana Amendment No. 2 This amendment would specify that the presence or production of oil or gas may be included in the methodology when determining the fair market value of an oil or gas well for the purpose of ad valorem taxes. 11/3/2020 TBD
Maryland SB 4 This bill would legalize sports and event wagering in the state. The state's share of revenue will be used primarily for funding of public education. 11/3/2020 TBD
Maryland SB 1028 This bill would authorize the General Assembly to increase or add Executive Department items in the budget bill. With this, the governor would only be allowed to veto items related to the Executive Department that were increased or added by the General Assembly. 11/3/2020 TBD
Massachusetts No. 19-06 This proposed law would require that motor vehicle owners and independent repair facilities be provided with expanded access to mechanical data related to vehicle maintenance and repair. 11/3/2020 TBD
Massachusetts No. 19-10 This proposed law would establish ranked choice voting for use in primary and general elections for all statewide offices, state legislative offices, federal congressional offices, and certain other offices beginning in 2022. Ranked-choice voting would not be used in elections for president, county commissioner, or regional district school committee member. 11/3/2020 TBD
Mississippi TBD This referendum would approve a new state flag design, which will be recommended by the Commission to Redesign the Mississippi State Flag by September 14, 2020. 11/3/2020 TBD
Mississippi Initiative 65 This initiative would legalize marijuana for qualified persons with defined debilitating medical conditions without approval of their physicians but provided by licensed treatment centers. 11/3/2020 TBD
Mississippi Initiative 65A This constitutional amendment is proposed as a legislative alternative measure to Initiative Measure No. 65 and would establish a program to allow the medical use of marijuana products by qualified persons with debilitating medical conditions. 11/3/2020 TBD
Missouri Amendment 1 This amendment would extend the two term restriction that currently applies to the Governor and Treasurer to the Lt. Governor, Secretary of State, Auditor and the Attorney General. 11/3/2020 TBD
Missouri Amendment 3 This amendment would ban all lobbyist gifts to legislators and their employees; reduce legislative campaign contribution limits; and create a citizen-led independent bipartisan commissions to draw state legislative districts. 11/3/2020 TBD
Montana Legislative Referendum No. 130 This amendment would restrict a local government from regulating the carry of firearms, including permitted concealed weapons, possession of firearms by convicted felons, adjudicated mental incompetents, undocumented immigrants, and minors. Federal and state firearm laws would remain unchanged. 11/3/2020 TBD
Nebraska LR 1CA This amendment would eliminate a provision in the state constitution that states that slavery or involuntary servitude may be used as a punishment for conviction of a crime. 11/3/2020 TBD
New Jersey TBD This amendment would legalize cannabis use for adults over the age of 21. The State commission created to oversee the State’s medical cannabis program would also oversee the new, personal use cannabis market. 11/3/2020 TBD
New Jersey TBD This amendment would allow a postponement of state legislative redistricting if New Jersey does not receive the federal Census data in a time manner. This change to the redistricting schedule will allow legislators to be elected in 2021 from their existing districts for their two-year term in office. 11/3/2020 TBD
New Mexico Amendment 1 This amendment would reduce the number of Public Regulation Commission (PRC) members to three, with no more than two members from the same political party. Members would no longer be elected, but instead would be appointed for six-year terms by the governor, with the consent of the senate, from a list of nominees submitted to the governor through a newly established Public Regulation Commission Nominating Committee. This would also narrow the scope of the PRC's constitutionally granted regulatory powers to public utilities, while still allowing the legislature to assign responsibility for the regulation of other public service companies to the commission by law. 11/3/2020 TBD
New Mexico Amendment 2 This amendment would allow the legislature to adjust the term of a state, county or district officer to align or stagger the election of officers for a particular state, county or district office throughout the state. No statewide elective office would be subject to adjustment. The proposed amendment also clarifies that officers elected to fill a vacancy in office shall take office on the first day of January following their election. 11/3/2020 TBD
Oregon HB 2270 This legislative referral would approve 2019 House Bill 2270 which increases the state cigarette tax and imposes tax on nicotine inhalant delivery systems at a rate of 65% of the wholesale price. 11/3/2020 TBD
Oregon Initiative 34 This initiative would establish a comprehensive regulatory framework concerning psilocybin products and psilocybin services under state law. 11/3/2020 TBD
Oregon Initiative 44 This initiative would decriminalize personal, noncommercial, low-level drug possession and establish a fund creating addiction recovery centers. 11/3/2020 TBD
South Dakota Constitutional Amendment A This ballot measure would legalize, regulate, and tax marijuana and require the Legislature to pass laws regarding hemp, including laws to ensure access to marijuana for medical use. 11/3/2020 TBD
South Dakota Measure 26 This initiative would legalize marijuana for medical use by qualifying patients, including minors. This initiative would legalize marijuana testing, manufacturing, and cultivation facilities, as well as marijuana dispensaries. 11/3/2020 TBD
South Dakota TBD This amendment would authorize sports betting within the City of Deadwood. 11/3/2020 TBD
Utah Legislative Referendum - SJR7 This legislative referendum would amend the state constitution by editing gender-specific terms to be gender neutral terms. 11/3/2020 TBD
Virginia Virginia Redistricting Commission Amendment This amendment would establish the Virginia Redistricting Commission, consisting of eight members of the General Assembly and eight citizens of the Commonwealth, and would be responsible for drawing the congressional and state legislative districts that will be subsequently voted on, but not changed by, the General Assembly and enacted without the Governor's involvement. 11/3/2020 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
Los Angeles County California Measure R This measure would authorize the Sheriff Civilian Oversight Commission to develop a Comprehensive Public Safety Reinvestment Plan, which would aim to reduce jail population and incarceration. 3/3/2020 Passed
Oklahoma City Oklahoma TBD This initiative would levy an additional 0.125% sales tax to fund City parks. 3/3/2020 Failed
Selma California Measure L This measure would approve the establishment of a licensed cardroom, or gambling establishment at a single location in the City's residential zone. 3/3/2020 Failed
Mendocino County California Measure D This measure would levy a 10% transient occupancy tax on visitors to campsites, tent sites, RV sites, and similar accommodations at private campgrounds. 3/3/2020 Passed
San Diego California Measure C This measure would increase the City's hotel tax rates by 1.25% - 3.25% to fund convention center expansion projects, homelessness services, and street repairs. In order to pass, Measure C must receive at least 67% of the vote. 3/3/2020 Failed
San Francisco California Proposition E This proposition will place annual limits on new office space construction and ties the limit on Large Office Projects to the City's affordable housing production. 3/3/2020 Passed
San Francisco California Proposition D This proposition would impose an annual tax, effective January 1, 2021, on persons that keep ground floor commercial space in specified neighborhood commercial or neighborhood commercial transit districts vacant. In order to pass, Proposition D must receive at least 66.6% of the vote. 3/3/2020 Passed
Philadelphia Pennsylvania Question 1 This measure would amend the Home Rule Charter to create a permanent Department of Labor headed by a Cabinet-level director, to enforce city laws that protect Philadelphia workers and to oversee labor relations. 6/2/2020 Passed
Atlanta Georgia N/A This measure would establish a 1% sales tax in the City to fund water and sewer projects. 6/9/2020 Passed
Los Angeles County California TBD This measure would annually allocate in the County's budget no less than 10% of the County's locally generated unrestricted revenues in the general fund to address the disproportionate impact of racial injustice through community investment and alternatives to incarceration and would prohibit using those fund for carceral systems and law enforcement agencies. 11/3/2020 TBD
Oakland California TBD This measure would remove a clause in the charter amendment that currently gives the Police Chief authority to override the Police Commission and City Council in emergencies related to public safety. 11/3/2020 TBD
San Diego California TBD This measure would create an independent Commission on Police Practices. 11/3/2020 TBD
San Francisco City and County California TBD This measure would remove the requirement that people serving on City boards, commissions and advisory bodies be registered voters and United States citizens. 11/3/2020 TBD
San Francisco City and County California TBD This meausre would lower the voting age to 16 years old for local elections. 11/3/2020 TBD
San Francisco City and County California TBD This measure would remove the requirement that the San Francisco Police Department maintain a minimum of 1,971 full-duty sworn police officers and replace the requirement with regular evaluations of police staffing levels. 11/3/2020 TBD
San Francisco City and County California TBD This measure would eliminate the payroll expense tax; permanently increase the registration fee for some businesses by $230-460, decreasing it for others; permanently increase gross receipts tax rates to 0.105-1.040%, exempting more small businesses; permanently increase the administrative office tax rate to 1.61%; if the City loses certain lawsuits, increase gross receipts tax rates on some businesses by 0.175-0.690% and the administrative office tax rate by 1.5%, and place a new 1% or 3.5% tax on gross receipts from commercial leases, for 20 years; and make other business tax changes; for estimated annual revenue of $97 million. 11/3/2020 TBD
San Francisco City and County California TBD This measure would place an additional tax permanently on some businesses in San Francisco when their highest-paid managerial employee earns more than 100 times the median compensation paid to their employees in San Francisco, where the additional tax rate would be between 0.1%-0.6% of gross receipts or between 0.4%-2.4% of payroll expense for those businesses in San Francisco, for an estimated revenue of between $60-140 million a year. 11/3/2020 TBD
Washington District of Columbia Initiative 81 This initiative would decriminalize psychedelic plants. 11/3/2020 TBD