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YEARPURPOSE OF AMENDMENTAPPROVED OR REJECTEDYESNOBLANK VOTESTOTAL STATEWIDE VOTEMARGIN (Y-N)Y as % of amendment votersN as % of amendment votersY as % of ballots castN as % of ballots castBlanks as % of ballots castPREZ/OFF-YEAR
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2006To dedicate the motor vehicle sales tax to highways and public transportation. A 1,270,042838,196109,5802,217,818431,84660.24%39.76%57.27%37.79%4.94%O
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1988To permit the legislature to authorize a lottery operated by the state. A 1,214,032843,30767,7802,125,119370,72559.01%40.99%57.13%39.68%3.19%P
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1998To preserve hunting and fishing heritage. A 1,570,720462,74971,8742,105,3431,107,97177.24%22.76%74.61%21.98%3.41%O
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1998To extend use of lottery for environmental trust fund. A 1,556,895460,74787,7012,105,3431,096,14877.16%22.84%73.95%21.88%4.17%O
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1918To prohibit the manufacture and the sale of liquor. R 189,614173,66517,325380,60415,94952.20%47.80%49.82%45.63%4.55%O
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1988To establish a Minnesota Environmental and Natural Resources Trust Fund for environmental, natural resources, and wildlife purposes. A 1,645,090375,752104,2772,125,1191,269,33881.41%18.59%77.41%17.68%4.91%P
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2008To protect our natural resources and preserve Minnesota’s arts and cultural heritage by increasing the sales and use tax rate. A 1,635,0461,141,540143,6282,920,214493,50658.89%41.11%55.99%39.09%4.92%P
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1988To allow the use of juries of fewer 12 members in civil and nonfelony cases. A 1,205,730806,766112,6232,125,119398,96459.91%40.09%56.74%37.96%5.30%P
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1982To permit the legislature to authorize on-track pari-mutuel betting on horse racing. A 1,108,255624,721101,7611,834,737483,53463.95%36.05%60.40%34.05%5.55%O
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1996To provide for recall of elected state officials. A 1,833,523248,778128,8602,211,1611,584,74588.05%11.95%82.92%11.25%5.83%P
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1994To permit off-track wagering on horse racing in a manner prescribed by law. R 841,277847,802105,5391,794,618-6,52549.81%50.19%46.88%47.24%5.88%O
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1996To authorize a bonus for Persian Gulf War veterans. A 1,334,409740,039136,7132,211,161594,37064.33%35.67%60.35%33.47%6.18%P
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1990To dedicate 40 percent of the state lottery proceeds to the environment and natural resources trust fund until the year 2001. A 1,388,105329,806125,1931,843,1041,058,29980.80%19.20%75.31%17.89%6.79%O
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1964To prevent amendment or repeal of taconite tax policies for 25 years; to authorize legislature to impose limitations for not more than 25 years on taxation of copper and nickel mining. A 1,272,590204,133109,4501,586,1731,068,45786.18%13.82%80.23%12.87%6.90%P
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1970To reduce voting age requirement from 21 to 19 years; to provide an age requirement of 21 years to hold public office. A 700,449582,890105,1861,388,525117,55954.58%45.42%50.45%41.98%7.58%O
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1982To provide state bonding authority for the improvement and rehabilitation of railroad facilities. A 1,201,321492,736140,6801,834,737708,58570.91%29.09%65.48%26.86%7.67%O
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1998To abolish the office of state treasurer. A 1,087,789855,853161,7012,105,343231,93655.97%44.03%51.67%40.65%7.68%O
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1982To allow the creation of a court of appeals. A 1,304,127385,738144,8721,834,737918,38977.17%22.83%71.08%21.02%7.90%O
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1920To provide a state trunk highway system. A 526,936199,60371,406797,945327,33372.53%27.47%66.04%25.01%8.95%P
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1982To remove restrictions on the interest rate for and the amount of trunk highway bonds. A 1,103,221563,865167,6511,834,737539,35666.18%33.82%60.13%30.73%9.14%O
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1972To authorize bonus payment for Vietnam veterans. A 1,131,921477,473164,4441,773,838654,44870.33%29.67%63.81%26.92%9.27%P
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1970To authorize the legislature to define or limit categories of tax-exempt property. A 969,774287,858130,8931,388,525681,91677.11%22.89%69.84%20.73%9.43%O
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1956To authorize the legislature to divert 50% of the occupation mining tax proceeds earmarked for education from permanent trust funds to current educational needs. A 1,084,627209,311149,9181,443,856875,31683.82%16.18%75.12%14.50%10.38%P
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1956To authorize the consolidation of present trunk highway articles and sections, to increase state aid and supervision of public highways; to permit tax of motor vehicles and fuel; to apportion funds for highway purposes 62-29-9 to state and local highways. A 1,060,063230,707153,0861,443,856829,35682.13%17.87%73.42%15.98%10.60%P
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1980To require campaign spending limits for executive and legislative offices and public disclosure of campaign spending for all state candidates. A 1,457,454398,551223,4062,079,4111,058,90378.53%21.47%70.09%19.17%10.74%P
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1972To allow flexible legislative sessions. A 968,088603,385202,3651,773,838364,70361.60%38.40%54.58%34.02%11.41%P
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1972To provide for the joint election of the governor and lieutenant governor; to remove the lieutenant governor as the presiding officer of the senate. A 1,064,580503,342205,9161,773,838561,23867.90%32.10%60.02%28.38%11.61%P
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1962To consolidate the swamp land fund and the permanent school fund; to set distribution requirements and investment restrictions. A 828,880288,490150,1321,267,502540,39074.18%25.82%65.39%22.76%11.84%O
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1952To provide for a 65-10-25 apportionment of excise tax on motor vehicles. R 580,316704,336175,6741,460,326-124,02045.17%54.83%39.74%48.23%12.03%P
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1962To allow state to contract long- and short-term debts for public improvements upon approval of 3/5 of both houses of the legislature. A 728,255385,723153,5241,267,502342,53265.37%34.63%57.46%30.43%12.11%O
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1980To establish initiative and referendum. R 970,407854,164254,8402,079,411116,24353.19%46.81%46.67%41.08%12.26%P
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1972To reorganize the state judicial system; to provide for appointment of clerks of district court; to authorize discipline and removal of judges. A 1,012,916531,831229,0911,773,838481,08565.57%34.43%57.10%29.98%12.91%P
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1958To provide for four-year terms for state constitutional officers to take effect for terms beginning in 1963. A 641,887382,505153,7811,178,173259,38262.66%37.34%54.48%32.47%13.05%O
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1974To revise organization and language of constitution. A 815,064311,781169,3641,296,209503,28372.33%27.67%62.88%24.05%13.07%O
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1962To remove restrictions on length of legislative sessions. A 706,761393,538167,2031,267,502313,22364.23%35.77%55.76%31.05%13.19%O
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1958To authorize the legislature to revise and consolidate provisions relating to local government, home rule and special laws. A 712,552309,848155,7731,178,173402,70469.69%30.31%60.48%26.30%13.22%O
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1956To permit the legislature to reorganize the judicial power of the state. A 939,957307,178196,7211,443,856632,77975.37%24.63%65.10%21.27%13.62%P
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1980To remove requirement of senate approval for notaries public. R 944,883850,251284,2772,079,41194,63252.64%47.36%45.44%40.89%13.67%P
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1948To authorize the state to pay a veterans’ bonus. A 664,703420,518172,5831,257,804244,18561.25%38.75%52.85%33.43%13.72%P
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1980To establish a bipartisan reapportionment commission. R 1,036,581754,935287,8952,079,411281,64657.86%42.14%49.85%36.31%13.85%P
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1980To remove restrictions on the interest rate for and the amount of highway bonds. R 964,212823,192292,0072,079,411141,02053.94%46.06%46.37%39.59%14.04%P
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1974To allow legislature to determine railroad taxes. A 741,353372,158182,6981,296,209369,19566.58%33.42%57.19%28.71%14.09%O
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1974To ease vote requirement for amending constitution. R 638,775474,519182,9151,296,209164,25657.38%42.62%49.28%36.61%14.11%O
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1968To allow legislators to assume another elective or appointive office upon resignation from the legislature. A 1,012,235359,088230,1921,601,515653,14773.81%26.19%63.20%22.42%14.37%P
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1958To permit members of the legislature to hold certain elective and nonelective state offices. R 576,300430,112172,3191,178,731146,18857.26%42.74%48.89%36.49%14.62%O
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1948To provide for 50-50 apportionment of excise tax on petroleum products. R 534,538539,224184,0421,257,804-4,68649.78%50.22%42.50%42.87%14.63%P
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1976To permit proceeds from increases in motor fuel taxes to be placed in the general fund; to remove restrictions on interest rate for and amount of highway bonds. R 552,5431,134,847291,2001,978,590-582,30432.75%67.25%27.93%57.36%14.72%P
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1922To establish a state rural credit system to aid agricultural development. A 534,31073,917106,403714,630460,39387.85%12.15%74.77%10.34%14.89%O
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1968To allow legislature to present bills to governor within three days after legislature adjourns; allowing governor 14 days to sign or veto such bills. A 1,044,418316,916240,1811,601,515727,50276.72%23.28%65.21%19.79%15.00%P
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1964To remove obsolete language from constitution. A 1,089,798254,216242,1591,586,173835,58281.09%18.91%68.71%16.03%15.27%P
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1984To allow the exchange of state-owned lands for other lands owned by state or local governments. A 1,176,809611,200326,8332,114,842565,60965.82%34.18%55.65%28.90%15.45%P
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1944To authorize state construction and operation of airports; to authorize taxes on aircraft fuel and aircraft sales. A 737,091264,149194,1571,195,397472,94273.62%26.38%61.66%22.10%16.24%P
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1984To remove restrictions on the investment of the permanent school fund and to allow the limits on the investment of the fund and the apportionment of the returns on the investment to school districts to be set by law. A 1,139,390631,378344,0742,114,842508,01264.34%35.66%53.88%29.85%16.27%P
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1928To place revenue generated by motor fuel tax 2/3 in trunk highway fund and 1/3 in bridge fund. A 542,796346,109181,3691,070,274196,68761.06%38.94%50.72%32.34%16.95%P
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1950To authorize diversion of 1% of the proceeds of the occupation mining tax to the veterans’ compensation fund. A 594,092290,870183,0051,067,967303,22267.13%32.87%55.63%27.24%17.14%O
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1924To place revenue generated by excise taxes on motor fuels in trunk highway fund. A 520,769197,455150,927869,151323,31472.51%27.49%59.92%22.72%17.36%P
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1960To prescribe the place where a person moving to a new precinct within 30 days before an election may vote; eliminating obsolete provisions on the voting rights of persons of Indian blood. A 993,186302,217282,1061,577,509690,96976.67%23.33%62.96%19.16%17.88%P
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1950To provide for a 50-44-6 apportionment of the excise tax on petroleum products. R 420,530456,346191,0911,067,967-35,81647.96%52.04%39.38%42.73%17.89%O
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1960To provide for succession to the office of governor: to provide for continuity of government in emergencies caused by enemy attack. A 974,486305,245297,7781,577,509669,24176.15%23.85%61.77%19.35%18.88%P
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1960To extend the legislative session; to restrict the time during which bills can be introduced; to set qualifications for legislators running for other elective offices. R 763,434501,429312,6461,577,509262,00560.36%39.64%48.39%31.79%19.82%P
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1960To allow an extra legislative session for reapportionment if reapportionment is not completed during the regular session. R 600,797661,009315,7031,577,509-60,21247.61%52.39%38.09%41.90%20.01%P
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1966To allow legislators to seek election to other offices and to provide resignation procedure for legislators. R 575,967471,427264,8941,312,288104,54054.99%45.01%43.89%35.92%20.19%O
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1922To tax mining of iron and other ores. A 474,69791,011148,922714,630383,68683.91%16.09%66.43%12.74%20.84%O
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1906To permit farmers to sell their produce without licenses. A 190,89734,09459,375284,366156,80384.85%15.15%67.13%11.99%20.88%O
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1932To authorize taxation of income, franchises and privileges of railroad companies; to authorize legislation to make taxation of national banking associations conform to federal law. R 420,052409,924224,2271,054,20310,12850.61%49.39%39.85%38.88%21.27%P
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1954To permit gubernatorial appointments in case of vacancy in certain offices to run until end of term or January 1 to eliminate need for election to short terms. A 636,237282,212249,6521,168,101354,02569.27%30.73%54.47%24.16%21.37%O
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1954To authorize the legislature to limit the liability of stockholders of state banks. A 624,611290,039253,4511,168,101334,57268.29%31.71%53.47%24.83%21.70%O
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1954To permit legislature to extend probate jurisdiction by a 2/3 vote. A 610,138303,838254,1251,168,101306,30066.76%33.24%52.23%26.01%21.76%O
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1950To authorize forestry management funds by diverting certain proceeds (25%) from the public land trust fund. R 367,013465,239235,7151,067,967-98,22644.10%55.90%34.37%43.56%22.07%O
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1954To provide for a 60% popular vote before a new state constitution can be ratified and to remove constitutional bar precluding members of the legislature from serving in a constitutional convention. A 638,818266,434262,8491,168,101372,38470.57%29.43%54.69%22.81%22.50%O
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1920To extend terms of probate judges to four years. A 446,959171,414179,572797,945275,54572.28%27.72%56.01%21.48%22.50%P
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1936To exempt personal property from state tax. R 355,588543,847264,8331,164,268-188,25939.53%60.47%30.54%46.71%22.75%P
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1934To exempt all household goods and farm machinery and equipment from taxation. A 630,125181,126253,0811,064,332448,99977.67%22.33%59.20%17.02%23.78%O
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1938To authorize the legislature to exchange state public lands for federal lands. A 609,046259,007276,8731,144,926350,03970.16%29.84%53.20%22.62%24.18%O
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1952To authorize a change in the investment and loan requirements governing permanent school and university funds. R 604,384500,490355,4521,460,326103,89454.70%45.30%41.39%34.27%24.34%P
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1930To authorize the legislature to limit the liability of stockholders in corporations. A 486,818135,345206,238828,401351,47378.25%21.75%58.77%16.34%24.90%O
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1948To authorize submission of two or more amendments without requiring voters to vote. R 319,667621,523316,6141,257,804-301,85633.96%66.04%25.41%49.41%25.17%P
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1952To permit legislature to extend probate jurisdiction by a 2/3 vote. R 646,608443,005370,7131,460,326203,60359.34%40.66%44.28%30.34%25.39%P
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1952To clarify meaning of who shall be entitled to vote. R 716,670371,508372,1481,460,326345,16265.86%34.14%49.08%25.44%25.48%P
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1948To authorize 2/3 of the legislature to call for a constitutional convention without submitting the question to the voters. R 294,842641,013321,9491,257,804-346,17131.51%68.49%23.44%50.96%25.60%P
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1934To authorize legislature to add new routes to trunk highway system. R 509,074279,877275,3811,064,332229,19764.53%35.47%47.83%26.30%25.87%O
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1952To provide for a 60% popular majority of voters voting on the question before a new state constitution can be considered legally ratified by the electorate. R 656,618424,492379,2161,460,326232,12660.74%39.26%44.96%29.07%25.97%P
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1942To change requirements for investment or loan of permanent school and permanent university funds. A 415,012190,563212,607818,182224,44968.53%31.47%50.72%23.29%25.99%O
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1942To simplify and reduce the expense of publishing amendments to city and village charters. A 459,868144,842213,472818,182315,02676.05%23.95%56.21%17.70%26.09%O
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1936To authorize the legislature to exchange state public lands for federal lands. R 448,917397,106318,2451,164,26851,81153.06%46.94%38.56%34.11%27.33%P
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1932To authorize taxation of motor vehicles of companies paying taxes under the gross earnings taxation system. A 537,292227,634289,2771,054,203309,65870.24%29.76%50.97%21.59%27.44%P
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1916To authorized a revolving fund for improving state school and swamp lands. A 240,97558,100117,140416,215182,87580.57%19.43%57.90%13.96%28.14%P
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1906To simplify the taxing provisions by a “wide open” section. A 156,05146,98281,333284,366109,06976.86%23.14%54.88%16.52%28.60%O
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1904To increase debt limit of municipalities borrowing school and university funds. A 190,71839,33492,640322,692151,38482.90%17.10%59.10%12.19%28.71%P
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1940To change requirements for publication of proposed amendments to city and village charters. R 635,815287,286378,4721,301,573348,52968.88%31.12%48.85%22.07%29.08%P
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1926To authorize enactment of laws promoting forestation and reforestation of public and private lands. A 383,003127,592212,186722,781255,41175.01%24.99%52.99%17.65%29.36%O
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1912To authorize a one mill state tax for roads and bridges and to permit state to assume entire cost of any project. A 195,72451,135102,819349,678144,58979.29%20.71%55.97%14.62%29.40%P
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1924To authorize state expenditure to prevent forest fires, including compulsory taxation, clearing and improvement of public and private wild lands. A 460,965143,518264,668869,151317,44776.26%23.74%53.04%16.51%30.45%P
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1932To authorize the taxation of lands acquired through rural credit system. R 468,101261,856324,2461,054,203206,24564.13%35.87%44.40%24.84%30.76%P
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1920To authorize state income tax and to change provisions on tax-exempt property. R 331,105217,558249,282797,945113,54760.35%39.65%41.49%27.26%31.24%P
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1928To authorize the legislature to limit the liability of stockholders in corporations. R 506,065223,725340,4841,070,274282,34069.34%30.66%47.28%20.90%31.81%P
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1934To define “academies, colleges, universities and seminaries of learning” to mean, for tax purposes, property actually used in instruction and housing of students. R 472,374247,166344,7921,064,332225,20865.65%34.35%44.38%23.22%32.40%O
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1930To provide two elective associate supreme court justices to replace appointed court commissioners. A 428,013130,833269,555828,401297,18076.59%23.41%51.67%15.79%32.54%O
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1906To increase state road and bridge tax, and to reduce restrictions on expenditure of funds. A 141,87049,23293,264284,36692,63874.24%25.76%49.89%17.31%32.80%O
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