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10/4/2012
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2012 GENERAL ELECTION BALLOT MEASURES, COMPILED BY AP ELECTION RESEARCH
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StateState nameBallot #Type of measureTitleSummaryReferenceSample BallotBallot StatusApproval ThresholdNational?National SlugNational DescriptionNational Measure
Full AP Title
Race IDCategorySub-categoryIf state bonds, how much? $Maturing, if known
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AKALASKABallot Measure No. 1 Triggered by Constitution(Constitutional Convention Question)Shall there be a constitutional convention? (Yes, No)http://www.elections.alaska.gov/ei_general_bm.phphttp://www.elections.alaska.gov/doc/sb/12GENR/HD1-JD4-GEN12-SP.pdfOn ballotMajority of measure votesNConstitution
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AKALASKABonding Proposition ALegislative Referendum/ Bond MeasureState General Obligation Transportation Project Bonds $453,499,200Shall the State of Alaska issue its general obligation bond in the principle amount of not more than $453,499,200 for the purpose of paying the cost of state transportation projects? (Bond Yes, Bonds No)http://www.elections.alaska.gov/ei_general_bm.phphttp://www.elections.alaska.gov/doc/sb/12GENR/HD1-JD4-GEN12-SP.pdfOn ballotMajority of measure votesNState borrowingBonds453,499,200
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ALALABAMAProposed Statewide Amendment Number Ten (10)Legislative Referendum/ Constitutional Amendment(Legislature's authority over banks and banking)Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, effective January 1, 2014, to amend Section 247 relating to the authority of the Legislature concerning banks and banking, to repeal various other provisions of Article XIII concerning banks and banking; and to repeal Amendment 154 to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, now appearing as Section 255.01 of the Official Recompilation of the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, as amended, subject to the contingency that a new Article XII of the state constitution is adopted that repeals existing Section 232 of the state constitution, and subject to the contingency that Sections 10A-2-15.01 and 10A-2-15.02, Code of Alabama 1975, are repealed. (Proposed by Act 2012-276) (Yes, No)http://www.sos.state.al.us/downloads/election/2012/general/statecert-amendments-2012-06-08.pdfhttp://www.madisoncountyal.gov/voter/General%20Election%2011-6-12%20-%20Sample%20Ballot.pdfCertifiedMajority of measure votesNBanksState power over
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ALALABAMAProposed Statewide Amendment Number Nine (9)Legislative Referendum/ Constitutional Amendment(Legislature's authority over corporations)Proposing an amendment to the private corporation provisions of Article 12 of the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, to become effective January 1, 2014, to continue the authority of the Legislature to pass general laws pertaining to corporations and other entities; to continue the authority of the Legislature to regulate and impose a business privilege tax on corporations and other entities; and to repeal various provisions concerning private corporations, railroads, and canals. (Proposed by Act 2012-275) (Yes, No)http://www.sos.state.al.us/downloads/election/2012/general/statecert-amendments-2012-06-08.pdfhttp://www.madisoncountyal.gov/voter/General%20Election%2011-6-12%20-%20Sample%20Ballot.pdfCertifiedMajority of measure votesNBusinessState power over
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ALALABAMAProposed Statewide Amendment Number One (1)Legislative Referendum/ Constitutional Amendment(Forever Wild Land Trust)Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, relating to the Forever Wild Land Trust, to reauthorize the trust for a 20-year period. (Proposed by Act 2011-315) (Yes, No)http://www.sos.state.al.us/downloads/election/2012/general/statecert-amendments-2012-06-08.pdfhttp://www.madisoncountyal.gov/voter/General%20Election%2011-6-12%20-%20Sample%20Ballot.pdfCertifiedMajority of measure votesNCharityWildlife
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ALALABAMAProposed Statewide Amendment Number Six (6)Legislative Referendum/ Constitutional Amendment(Prohibit Forced Participation in Health Care Systems)Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, to prohibit any person, employer, or health care provider from being compelled to participate in any health care system. (Proposed by Act 2011-617) (Yes, No)http://www.sos.state.al.us/downloads/election/2012/general/statecert-amendments-2012-06-08.pdfhttp://www.madisoncountyal.gov/voter/General%20Election%2011-6-12%20-%20Sample%20Ballot.pdfCertifiedMajority of measure votesYBC-US--HealthCareProhibits forced participation in health care systems.Amendment 6 - No Mandatory Health Care1934Healthcare
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ALALABAMAProposed Statewide Amendment Number Three (3)Legislative Referendum/ Constitutional Amendment(Baldwin County Stockton Landmark District)Relating to Baldwin County, proposing an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, to define the Stockton Landmark District within the county and to prohibit the annexation by local law of any property within the district into any municipality. (Proposed by Act 2011-316) (Yes, No)http://www.sos.state.al.us/downloads/election/2012/general/statecert-amendments-2012-06-08.pdfhttp://www.madisoncountyal.gov/voter/General%20Election%2011-6-12%20-%20Sample%20Ballot.pdfCertifiedMajority of measure votesNLand rightsBorders
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ALALABAMAProposed Statewide Amendment Number Four (4)Legislative Referendum/ Constitutional Amendment(Repeal separation of schools by race, repeal poll tax)Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, to repeal portions of Amendment 111, now appearing as Section 256 of the Official Recompilation of the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, as amended, relating to separation of schools by race and to repeal Section 259, Amendment 90, and Amendment 109, relating to the poll tax. (Proposed by Act 2011-353) (Yes, No)http://www.sos.state.al.us/downloads/election/2012/general/statecert-amendments-2012-06-08.pdfhttp://www.madisoncountyal.gov/voter/General%20Election%2011-6-12%20-%20Sample%20Ballot.pdfCertifiedMajority of measure votesNRaceRepeal poll tax and separate schools
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ALALABAMAProposed Statewide Amendment Number Five (5)Legislative Referendum/ Constitutional Amendment(Mobile Area
Water and Sewer System)
Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, to provide for the transfer of the assets and liabilities of the Water Works and Sewer Board of the City of Prichard to the Board of Water and Sewer Commissioners of the City of Mobile, presently known as the Mobile Area Water and Sewer System. (Proposed by Act 2011-543) (Yes, No)http://www.sos.state.al.us/downloads/election/2012/general/statecert-amendments-2012-06-08.pdfhttp://www.madisoncountyal.gov/voter/General%20Election%2011-6-12%20-%20Sample%20Ballot.pdfCertifiedMajority of measure votesNState admin
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ALALABAMAProposed Statewide Amendment Number Eight (8)Legislative Referendum/ Constitutional Amendment(Compensation for Legislators)Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, to repeal the existing provisions for legislative compensation and expenses and establish the basic compensation of the Legislature at the median household income in Alabama; to require legislators to submit signed vouchers for reimbursement for expenses; and to prohibit the Legislature from increasing the compensation or expenses payable to its members. (Proposed by Act 2012-269) (Yes, No)http://www.sos.state.al.us/downloads/election/2012/general/statecert-amendments-2012-06-08.pdfhttp://www.madisoncountyal.gov/voter/General%20Election%2011-6-12%20-%20Sample%20Ballot.pdfCertifiedMajority of measure votesNState adminLegislators pay
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ALALABAMAProposed Statewide Amendment Number Eleven (11)Legislative Referendum/ Constitutional Amendment(Relating to Lawrence County, limits on municipal ordinances and regulations)Relating to Lawrence County, proposing an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, to prohibit any municipality located entirely outside of Lawrence County from imposing any municipal ordinance or regulation, including, but not limited to, any tax, zoning, planning, or sanitation regulations, and any inspection service in its police jurisdiction located in Lawrence County and to provide that a municipality prohibited from imposing any tax or regulation under this amendment shall not provide any regulatory function or police or fire protection services in its police jurisdiction located in Lawrence County, other than public safety mutual aid. (Proposed by Act 2012-308) (Yes, No)http://www.sos.state.al.us/downloads/election/2012/general/statecert-addendum-amendment-2012-08-15.pdfhttp://www.madisoncountyal.gov/voter/General%20Election%2011-6-12%20-%20Sample%20Ballot.pdfCertifiedMajority of measure votesNState adminState power over
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ALALABAMAProposed Statewide Amendment Number Two (2)Legislative Referendum/ Constitutional Amendment(General Obligation Bonds)Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, as amended, to allow issuance by the State from time to time of general obligation bonds under the authority of Section 219.04 and Section 219.041 to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, as amended, so long as the aggregate principal amount of all such general obligation bonds at any time outstanding is not in excess of $750 million. This amendment would replace the maximum aggregate principal limitations currently contained in said Sections 219.04 and 219.041. The proposed amendment would also allow issuance by the State of general obligation refunding bonds under the authority of Sections 219.04 and 219.041 to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, as amended, subject to certain minimum savings thresholds and limitations of maximum average maturity. (Proposed by Act 2012-567) (Yes, No)http://www.sos.state.al.us/downloads/election/2012/general/statecert-amendments-2012-06-08.pdfhttp://www.madisoncountyal.gov/voter/General%20Election%2011-6-12%20-%20Sample%20Ballot.pdfCertifiedMajority of measure votesNState borrowingBonds750,000,000
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ALALABAMAProposed Statewide Amendment Number Seven (7)Legislative Referendum/ Constitutional Amendment(Voting by secret ballot)Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, to amend Amendment 579 to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, now appearing as Section 177 of the Official Recompilation of the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, as amended, to provide that the right of individuals to vote for public office, public votes on referenda, or votes of employee representation by secret ballot is fundamental. (Proposed by Act 2011-656) (Yes, No)http://www.sos.state.al.us/downloads/election/2012/general/statecert-amendments-2012-06-08.pdfhttp://www.madisoncountyal.gov/voter/General%20Election%2011-6-12%20-%20Sample%20Ballot.pdfCertifiedMajority of measure votesNVotingSecret ballot
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ARARKANSASIssue No. 5Initiative/
Constitutional Amendment
The Arkansas Medical Marijuana ActAn Act making the medical use of marijuana legal under Arkansas state law, but acknowledging that marijuana use, possession, and distribution for any purpose remain illegal under federal law; establishing a system for the cultivation, acquisition and distribution of marijuana for qualifying patients through nonprofit medical marijuana dispensaries and granting those nonprofit dispensaries limited immunity; allowing localities to limit the number of nonprofit dispensaries and to enact reasonable zoning regulations governing their operations; providing that qualifying patients, their designated caregivers and nonprofit dispensary agents shall not be subject to criminal or civil penalties or other forms of discrimination for engaging in or assisting with the patients’ medical use of marijuana; authorizing limited cultivation of marijuana by qualifying patients or designated caregivers if a qualifying patient lives more than five miles from the nearest nonprofit dispensary; authorizing compensation for designated caregivers; requiring that in order to become a qualifying patient, a person submit to the state a written certification from a physician that he or she is suffering from a qualifying medical condition; establishing an initial list of qualifying medical conditions; directing the department of health to establish rules related to the processing of applications for registry identification cards, the operations of nonprofit dispensaries, and the addition of qualifying medical conditions if such additions will enable patients to derive therapeutic benefit from the medical use of marijuana; setting maximum registration fees for nonprofit dispensaries; establishing qualifications for registry identification cards; establishing standards to ensure that qualifying patient and designated caregiver registration information is treated as confidential; directing the department of health to provide the legislature annual quantitative reports about the medical marijuana program; setting certain limitations on the use of medical marijuana by qualifying patients; establishing an affirmative defense for the medical use of marijuana; establishing registration and operation requirements for nonprofit dispensaries; setting limits on the amount of marijuana a nonprofit dispensary may cultivate and the amount of marijuana a nonprofit dispensary may dispense to a qualifying patient; prohibiting certain conduct by and imposing certain conditions and requirements on physicians, nonprofit dispensaries, nonprofit dispensary agents, qualifying patients, and designated caregivers; establishing a list of felony offenses which preclude certain types of participation in the medical marijuana program; and allowing visiting qualifying patients suffering from qualifying medical conditions to utilize the Arkansas medical marijuana program. (For, Against)http://www.sos.arkansas.gov/elections/Pages/initiativeReferendums.aspxhttps://www.voterview.ar-nova.org/VoterView/ShowSampleBallot;jsessionid=1F80F70E35EDF9896074AAD3D274FC94?id=44082&contentType=application/pdfCertifiedMajority of measure votesYBC-US--MedicalMarijuanaPermits medical use of marijuana.Issue 5 - Medical Marijuana6433MarijuanaPermits medical use
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ARARKANSASIssue No. 1Legislative Referendum/ Constitutional AmendmentAn Amendment to Provide Additional Funding for State Highways, County Roads, City Streets, Bridges, and Other Surface TransportationA proposed constitutional amendment to levy a temporary sales and use tax of one-half percent (0.5%) for state highways and bridges, county roads, bridges and other surface transportation, and city streets, bridges and other surface transportation, with the state's portion to secure State of Arkansas General Obligation Four-Lane Highway Construction and Improvement Bonds in the total principal amount not to exceed $1,300,000,000 for the purpose of constructing and improving four-lane highways in the State of Arkansas, prescribing the terms and conditions for the issuance of such bonds which will mature and be paid in full in approximately ten (10) years, which payment in full shall terminate the temporary sales and use tax, describing the sources of repayment of the bonds and permanently dedicating one cent (1¢) per gallon of the proceeds derived from the existing motor fuel and distillate fuel taxes to the State Aid Street Fund. (For, Against)http://www.sos.arkansas.gov/elections/Pages/initiativeReferendums.aspxhttps://www.voterview.ar-nova.org/VoterView/ShowSampleBallot;jsessionid=1F80F70E35EDF9896074AAD3D274FC94?id=44082&contentType=application/pdfOn ballotMajority of measure votesNState borrowingBonds1,300,000,00010
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ARARKANSASIssue No. 3Initiative/
Constitutional Amendment
An Amendment to allow Nancy Todd’s Poker Palace and Entertainment Venues, LLC to own and operate four casino gaming establishments, one each in Pulaski, Miller, Franklin and Crittenden countiesAn Amendment to the Arkansas Constitution authorizing four casino gaming establishments, to be owned and operated by “Nancy Todd’s Poker Palace and Entertainment venues, LLC” (a private limited liability company), one each to be located in Pulaski, Miller, Franklin and Crittenden counties; prohibiting the general assembly and any political subdivision of the state from enacting any legislation, rules or regulations regarding casino gaming; prohibiting casino gaming at any other than the locations operated by Nancy Todd’s Poker Palace and Entertainment venues, LLC; prohibiting persons under the age of 21 from participating in casino gaming; requiring that the net gaming revenue of each casino shall be subject to the taxes levied by all of the taxing jurisdictions where a casino is located at the same rate as for businesses generally, with the tax to be paid to the state’s general revenue fund account of the state apportionment fund; defining “net gaming revenue” as total annual gaming revenues, including compensation for conducting any game in which Nancy Todd’s Poker Palace and Entertainment venues, LLC is not a party to the wager, minus amounts paid to cover the winnings of patrons; further requiring that the net gaming revenue of each casino be subject to an additional tax at the rate of twelve and one-half percent (12.5%); mandating that the proceeds of this additional tax shall not be subject to appropriation by the general assembly and declaring such proceeds to be cash funds held separate and apart from the state treasury with the additional proceeds distributed: (i) thirty percent (30%) to fund public schools in Arkansas; (ii) ten percent (10%) to the Arkansas Department of Veteran Affairs; (iii) eight percent (8%) to the Arkansas Children’s Hospital; (iv) eight percent (8%) to the Medicaid program trust fund; (v) eight percent (8%) to a senior care prescription drug benefit program; (vi) six percent (6%) to the registered Arkansas State Apprenticeship programs governed by the Arkansas Apprenticeship Coordination Steering Committee; (vii) twelve percent (12%) to the county in which a casino operates, based on net gaming revenue from operations in that county; and (viii) eighteen percent (18%) to all counties with no casino gaming, based on their population according to the most recent census; prohibiting any other state or local taxes, fees or assessments of any nature on Nancy Todd’s Poker Palace and Entertainment venues, LLC, including on its furniture, fixtures, equipment, property, business operations, gross revenues, net gaming revenues, or income derived from or used in casino gaming except as levied against businesses generally; allowing a casino to operate any day for any portion of the day; allowing the selling or free furnishing of alcoholic beverages in casinos during all hours they operate but otherwise requiring adherence to all alcoholic beverage control board regulations; permitting the shipment into authorized counties of gambling devices duly registered, recorded and labeled pursuant to federal law; rendering the provisions of the amendment severable; declaring inapplicable all constitutional provisions and laws to the extent they conflict with this amendment but not otherwise repealing, superseding, amending or otherwise affecting amendments 84 (bingo) and 87 (statewide lottery) to the Arkansas Constitution. (For, Against)http://www.sos.arkansas.gov/elections/Pages/initiativeReferendums.aspxhttps://www.voterview.ar-nova.org/VoterView/ShowSampleBallot;jsessionid=1F80F70E35EDF9896074AAD3D274FC94?id=44082&contentType=application/pdfWill not be tabulated, by court orderMajority of measure votesNBC-US--CasinoGamblingExpands commercial gambling.STOPPED
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ARARKANSASIssue No. 4Initiative/
Constitutional Amendment
An Amendment to allow Arkansas Hotels and Entertainment, Inc. to own and operate seven casino gaming establishments, one each in Sebastian, Pulaski, Garland, miller, Crittenden, Boone and Jefferson Counties.Authorizing seven casino gaming establishments, to be owned and operated by “Arkansas Hotels and Entertainment, Inc.” (a private for-profit corporation), one each to be located in Sebastian, Pulaski, Garland, Miller, Crittenden, Boone and Jefferson counties; 2) prohibiting the General assembly and any political subdivision of the state from enacting any legislation, rules or regulations regarding casino gaming; 3) prohibiting casino gaming at any other than the locations operated by Arkansas Hotels and Entertainment, Inc.; 4) prohibiting persons under the age of 21 from participating in casino gaming; 5) requiring that the gross gaming revenue (as defined) of each casino shall be subject to the gross receipts tax levied by the taxing jurisdictions where a casino is located at the same rate as for businesses generally, with the tax to be paid to the State’s general revenue fund account of the state apportionment fund; 6) further requiring that the gross gaming revenue (as defined) of each casino shall be subject to an additional tax at the rate of ten percent (10%) with the tax to be paid to the state’s general revenue fund account of the state apportionment fund; 7) prohibiting any other state or local taxes, fees or assessments of any nature on Arkansas Hotels and Entertainment, Inc., including on its furniture, fixtures, equipment, property, business operations, gross revenues, gross gaming revenues, or income derived from or used in casino gaming except as levied against businesses generally; 8) allowing a casino to operate any day for any portion of the day; 9) allowing the selling or free furnishing of alcoholic beverages in casinos during all hours they operate but otherwise requiring adherence to all alcoholic beverage control board regulations; 10) permitting the shipment of gambling devices into authorized counties for purposes of federal law; 11) rendering the provisions of the amendment severable; 12) declaring inapplicable all constitutional provisions and laws to the extent they conflict with this amendment but not otherwise repealing, superseding, amending or otherwise affecting amendments 84 (bingo) and 87 (statewide lottery) to the Arkansas constitution. (For, Against)http://www.sos.arkansas.gov/elections/Pages/initiativeReferendums.aspxhttps://www.voterview.ar-nova.org/VoterView/ShowSampleBallot;jsessionid=1F80F70E35EDF9896074AAD3D274FC94?id=44082&contentType=application/pdfWill not be tabulated, by court orderMajority of measure votesNBC-US--CasinoGamblingExpands commercial gambling.STOPPED
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ARARKANSASIssue No. 2Legislative Referendum/ Constitutional AmendmentAn Amendment Concerning Municipal and County Financing of Sales Tax Anticipated Revenue Bond Projects, Unfunded Liabilities of Closed Local Police and Fire Pension Plans, and Real and Tangible Personal PropertyProposing an amendment to the Arkansas Constitution concerning financial reform for counties and municipalities; proposing an amendment to the Arkansas Constitution to authorize cities and counties to create districts within the city or county for development and redevelopment projects within the district and to issue bonds payable from the increased amount of city and county sales and use tax collected within the district for financing such projects; proposing an amendment to the Arkansas Constitution to authorize a municipality or county to issue bonds and levy a local sales and Use tax for the purpose of retiring unfunded liabilities of closed local Police and fire pension plans; and amending Amendment 78 of the Arkansas Constitution to provide that annual principal and interest Payments on short-term financing obligations shall be charged against and paid from general revenues for the fiscal year and special revenues authorized to be used for the property financed. (For, Against)http://www.sos.arkansas.gov/elections/Pages/initiativeReferendums.aspxhttps://www.voterview.ar-nova.org/VoterView/ShowSampleBallot;jsessionid=1F80F70E35EDF9896074AAD3D274FC94?id=44082&contentType=application/pdfOn ballotMajority of measure votesNTaxes
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AZARIZONAProposition 114Legislative Referendum/ Constitutional AmendmentProposed Amendment to the Constitution by the Legislature Relating to Crime Victim Protection from Liability for DamagesProtects crime victims from liability for damages suffered by a person who was injured while that person committed or attempted to commit a felony against the victim. A "yes" vote shall have the effect of protecting crime victims from having to pay damages to a person who was injured while that person committed or attempted to commit a felony against the victim. A "no" vote shall have the effect of keeping current constitutional law related to liability for damages.http://www.azsos.gov/election/2012/Info/PubPamphlet/english/contents.htmhttp://www.pinalcountyaz.gov/Departments/Elections/Documents/Downloads/Pinal%20County%202012%20GE%20Sample%20Ballots.pdfOn ballotMajority of measure votesNCrime and policingProtects victims from crim
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AZARIZONAProposition 121Initiative/ Constitutional AmendmentProposed Amendment to the Constitution by the Initiative Relating to Direct Primary Election LawReplaces the current party primary election with a "top-two" primary election in which all voters, regardless of party affiliation, vote in a single, combined primary and the top two vote-getters for each seat advance to the general election ballot. A "yes" vote shall have the effect of replacing the current party primary election with a "top-two" primary election in which all voters, regardless of party affiliation, vote in a single, combined primary, and the top two vote-getters for each seat advance to the general election ballot. This "top- two" primary will not apply to the election of the U.S. President or to elections in which no party affiliation appears on the ballot. A "no" vote shall have the effect of keeping the current party primary election in which each recognized political party selects a candidate to appear on the general election ballot.http://www.azsos.gov/election/2012/Info/PubPamphlet/english/contents.htmhttp://www.pinalcountyaz.gov/Departments/Elections/Documents/Downloads/Pinal%20County%202012%20GE%20Sample%20Ballots.pdfOn ballotMajority of measure votesYBC-AZ--PrimaryElectionsArizona: Replaces party primaries with all-voter open primaries where top two advance, regardless of party.Proposition 121 - Open Elections4181ElectionsEnd primaries
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AZARIZONAProposition 115Legislative Referendum/ Constitutional AmendmentProposed Amendment to the Constitution by the Legislature relating to the Judicial DepartmentIncreases term length and raises the retirement age for justices and judges; modifies membership of court appointment commissions; requires Arizona supreme, appellate, and superior courts to publish decisions online and to transmit a copy of judicial performance reviews of each judge up for retention to the state legislature. A "yes" vote shall have the effect of (1) increasing the terms of Arizona Supreme Court justices, Appellate and Superior Court judges to eight years; (2) raising the retirement age for justices and judges from seventy to seventy-five; (3) changing membership of commissions on appellate and trial court appointments and procedures for appointing justices and judges; (4) requiring the Supreme, Appellate, and Superior courts to publish decisions online, (5) requiring the Supreme Court to send a copy of the judicial performance review of each justice and judge who is up for retention to the Legislature, and (6) allowing a joint legislative committee to meet and take testimony on justices and judges up for retention. A "no" vote shall have the effect of keeping current constitutional law related to the courts.http://www.azsos.gov/election/2012/Info/PubPamphlet/english/contents.htmhttp://www.pinalcountyaz.gov/Departments/Elections/Documents/Downloads/Pinal%20County%202012%20GE%20Sample%20Ballots.pdfOn ballotMajority of measure votesNJudiciary and legalRetirement ages
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AZARIZONAProposition 119Legislative Referendum/ Constitutional AmendmentProposed Amendment to the Constitution by the Legislature Relating to State Trust LandsAuthorizes the exchange of state trust lands if the exchange is related to protecting military facilities or improving the management of state trust lands; outlines the process for exchanges, including independent appraisals and analyses, public hearings, and approval by public vote. A "yes" vote shall have the effect of authorizing the exchange of state trust lands if the exchange is related to either protecting military facilities or improving the management of state trust lands and prescribes the process for such exchanges. This process includes two independent appraisals and analyses, public hearings, and approval by public vote. A "no" vote shall have the effect of keeping current constitutional law related to state trust lands.http://www.azsos.gov/election/2012/Info/PubPamphlet/english/contents.htmhttp://www.pinalcountyaz.gov/Departments/Elections/Documents/Downloads/Pinal%20County%202012%20GE%20Sample%20Ballots.pdfOn ballotMajority of measure votesNState adminState property
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AZARIZONAProposition 120Legislative Referendum/ Constitutional AmendmentProposed Amendment to the Constitution by the Legislature Relating to State Sovereignty Repeals Arizona’s disclaimer of all right and title to federal public lands within the state and declares Arizona's sovereignty over public lands and all natural resources within its boundaries. A "yes" vote shall have the effect of repealing Arizona’s disclaimer of all right and title to federal public lands within the state and declaring Arizona’s sovereignty over public lands and all natural resources within its boundaries. This excludes Indian reservations, lands of the United States, and lands over which jurisdiction has been ceded by the state of Arizona. A "no" vote shall have the effect of keeping current constitutional law related to public lands and natural resources within Arizona's boundaries.http://www.azsos.gov/election/2012/Info/PubPamphlet/english/contents.htmhttp://www.pinalcountyaz.gov/Departments/Elections/Documents/Downloads/Pinal%20County%202012%20GE%20Sample%20Ballots.pdfOn ballotMajority of measure votesNState adminState property
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AZARIZONAProposition 118Legislative Referendum/ Constitutional AmendmentProposed Amendment to the Constitution by the Legislature Relating to the Establishment Of Permanent FundsChanges the distribution formula for the state land trust permanent endowment fund, which funds various public institutions, including schools, to be 2.5% of the average monthly market values of the fund for the immediately preceding five calendar years. A "yes" vote shall have the effect of changing the distribution formula for the State Land Trust Permanent Endowment Fund, which funds various public institutions, including schools, to be 2.5% of the average monthly market values of the Fund for the immediately preceding five calendar years. The change would affect fiscal years 2013 through 2021. A "no" vote shall have the effect of keeping current constitutional law related to the distribution formula of the State Land Trust Permanent Endowment Fund.http://www.azsos.gov/election/2012/Info/PubPamphlet/english/contents.htmhttp://www.pinalcountyaz.gov/Departments/Elections/Documents/Downloads/Pinal%20County%202012%20GE%20Sample%20Ballots.pdfOn ballotMajority of measure votesNState borrowing
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AZARIZONAProposition 116Legislative Referendum/ Constitutional AmendmentProposed Amendment to the Constitution by the Legislature Relating to Property Tax ExemptionsSets the amount exempt from annual taxes on business equipment and machinery purchased after 2012 to an amount equal to the combined earnings of 50 Arizona workers. A "yes" vote shall have the effect of setting the amount exempt from annual taxes on business equipment and machinery purchased after 2012 to an amount equal to the combined earnings of 50 Arizona workers. A "no" vote shall have the effect of keeping current constitutional law related to annual taxes on business equipment and machinery.http://www.azsos.gov/election/2012/Info/PubPamphlet/english/contents.htmhttp://www.pinalcountyaz.gov/Departments/Elections/Documents/Downloads/Pinal%20County%202012%20GE%20Sample%20Ballots.pdfOn ballotMajority of measure votesNTaxesProperty taxes
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AZARIZONAProposition 117Legislative Referendum/ Constitutional AmendmentProposed Amendment to the Constitution by the Legislature Relating to Property Tax Assessed ValuationBeginning in 2014, sets a limit on the annual percentage increase in property values used to determine property taxes to no more than 5% above the previous year, and establishes a single limited property value as the basis for determining all property taxes on real property. A "yes" vote shall have the effect of setting a limit on the annual percentage increase in property values used to determine property taxes to no more than 5%above the previous year, and establishes a single limited property value as the basis for determining all property taxes on real property, beginning in 2014. A "no" vote shall have the effect of keeping current constitutional law related to calculating property values and taxes.http://www.azsos.gov/election/2012/Info/PubPamphlet/english/contents.htmhttp://www.pinalcountyaz.gov/Departments/Elections/Documents/Downloads/Pinal%20County%202012%20GE%20Sample%20Ballots.pdfOn ballotMajority of measure votesNTaxesProperty taxes
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AZARIZONAProposition 204Statutory InitiativeQuality Education and Jobs ActThe Quality Education and Jobs Act will strengthen Arizona's economy by equipping children to succeed in the classroom, ensuring an educated workforce and creating jobs. This act, which renews the one-cent sales tax, will provide dedicated funding linked to performance and accountability for students of all ages and prevent legislators from cutting K-12 funding. Scholarships will ensure that universities and community colleges remain affordable. Investment in vocational educational education will allow students to graduate ready to work. This act protects public safety by ensuring continued funding for DPS officers and creates jobs by funding road, rail, transit and other transportation projects. (Yes, No)http://www.azsos.gov/election/2012/Info/PubPamphlet/english/contents.htmhttp://www.pinalcountyaz.gov/Departments/Elections/Documents/Downloads/Pinal%20County%202012%20GE%20Sample%20Ballots.pdfOn ballotMajority of measure votesNTaxesOne cent sales tax
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CACALIFORNIAProposition 35Statutory InitiativeHuman Trafficking. Penalties.Increases criminal penalties for human trafficking, including prison sentences up to 15-years-to-life and fines up to $1,500,000. Fines collected to be used for victim services and law enforcement. Requires person convicted of trafficking to register as sex offender. Requires sex offenders to provide information regarding Internet access and identities they use in online activities. Prohibits evidence that victim engaged in sexual conduct from being used against victim in court proceedings. Requires human trafficking training for police officers. (Yes, No)http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/ballot-measures/qualified-ballot-measures.htmhttp://co.humboldt.ca.us/election/poll_samples/ballots/bt000002.pdfOn ballotMajority of measure votesNCrime and policingHuman trafficking
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CACALIFORNIAProposition 36Statutory InitiativeThree Strikes Law. Repeat Felony Offenders. Penalties.Revises three strikes law to impose life sentence only when new felony conviction is serious or violent. Authorizes re-sentencing for offenders currently serving life sentences if third strike conviction was not serious or violent and judge determines sentence does not pose unreasonable risk to public safety. Continues to impose life sentence penalty if third strike conviction was for certain non-serious, non-violent sex or drug offenses or involved firearm possession. Maintains life sentence penalty for felons with non-serious, non-violent third strike if prior convictions were for rape, murder, or child molestation. (Yes, No)http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/ballot-measures/qualified-ballot-measures.htmhttp://co.humboldt.ca.us/election/poll_samples/ballots/bt000002.pdfOn ballotMajority of measure votesYBC-CA--RepeatOffendersCalifornia: Revises three strikes law to permit life sentence only if third conviction is serious or violent.Proposition 36 - Revise Three Strikes Law8636Crime and policingThree strikes law
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CACALIFORNIAProposition 34Statutory InitiativeDeath Penalty.Repeals death penalty as maximum punishment for persons found guilty of murder and replaces it with life imprisonment without possibility of parole. Applies retroactively to persons already sentenced to death. States that persons found guilty of murder must work while in prison as prescribed by the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, with their wages subject to deductions to be applied to any victim restitution fines or orders against them. Directs $100 million to law enforcement agencies for investigations of homicide and rape cases. (Yes, No)http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/ballot-measures/qualified-ballot-measures.htmhttp://co.humboldt.ca.us/election/poll_samples/ballots/bt000002.pdfOn ballotMajority of measure votesYBC-CA--DeathPenaltyCalifornia: Repeals death penalty and replaces with life imprisonment without parole.Proposition 34 - Repeal Death Penalty8634Death penaltyRepeals death penalty
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CACALIFORNIAProposition 37Statutory InitiativeGenetically Engineered Foods. Labeling.Requires labeling on raw or processed food offered for sale to consumers if made from plants or animals with genetic material changed in specified ways. Prohibits labeling or advertising such food as “natural.” Exempts foods that are: certified organic; unintentionally produced with genetically engineered material; made from animals fed or injected with genetically engineered material but not genetically engineered themselves; processed with or containing only small amounts of genetically engineered ingredients; administered for treatment of medical conditions; sold for immediate consumption such as in a restaurant; or alcoholic beverages. (Yes, No)http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/ballot-measures/qualified-ballot-measures.htmhttp://co.humboldt.ca.us/election/poll_samples/ballots/bt000002.pdfOn ballotMajority of measure votesYBC-CA--FoodLabelingCalifornia: Requires labels on foods that contain genetically modified ingredients.Proposition 37 - Label Genetic Foods8637EnvironmentGM food
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CACALIFORNIAProposition 39Statutory InitiativeTax Treatment for Multistate Businesses. Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency Funding.Requires multistate businesses to calculate their California income tax liability based on the percentage of their sales in California. Repeals existing law giving multistate businesses an option to choose a tax liability formula that provides favorable tax treatment for businesses with property and payroll outside California. Dedicates $550 million annually for five years from anticipated increase in revenue for the purpose of funding projects that create energy efficiency and clean energy jobs in California. (Yes, No)http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/ballot-measures/qualified-ballot-measures.htmhttp://co.humboldt.ca.us/election/poll_samples/ballots/bt000002.pdfOn ballotMajority of measure votesNEnvironmentRenewable energy
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CACALIFORNIAProposition 33Statutory InitiativeAuto Insurance Companies. Prices based on driver's history of insurance coverage.Changes current law to permit insurance companies to set prices based on whether the driver previously carried auto insurance with any insurance company. Allows insurance companies to give proportional discounts to drivers with some prior insurance coverage. Will allow insurance companies to increase cost of insurance to drivers who have not maintained continuous coverage. Treats drivers with lapse as continuously covered if lapse is due to military service or loss of employment, or if lapse is less than 90 days. (Yes, No)http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/ballot-measures/qualified-ballot-measures.htmhttp://co.humboldt.ca.us/election/poll_samples/ballots/bt000002.pdfOn ballotMajority of measure votesNInsuranceMotor
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CACALIFORNIAProposition 32Statutory InitiativeProhibits Political Contributions by Payroll Deduction. Contributions to Candidates.Prohibits unions from using payroll-deducted funds for political purposes. Applies same use prohibition to payroll deductions, if any, by corporations or government contractors. Permits voluntary employee contributions to employer-sponsored committee or union if authorized yearly, in writing. Prohibits unions and corporations from contributing directly or indirectly to candidates and candidate controlled committees. Other political expenditures remain unrestricted, including corporate expenditures from available resources not limited by payroll deduction prohibition. Prohibits government contractor contributions to elected officers or officer-controlled committees. (Yes, No)http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/ballot-measures/qualified-ballot-measures.htmhttp://co.humboldt.ca.us/election/poll_samples/ballots/bt000002.pdfOn ballotMajority of measure votesNPolitical fundingPayroll giving
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CACALIFORNIAProposition 31Initiative/
Constitutional Amendment and Statute
State Budget. State and Local Government. Establishes two-year state budget cycle. Prohibits Legislature from creating expenditures of more than $25 million unless offsetting revenues or spending cuts are identified. Permits Governor to cut budget unilaterally during declared fiscal emergencies if Legislature fails to act. Requires performance reviews of all state programs. Requires performance goals in state and local budgets. Requires publication of all bills at least three days prior to legislative vote. Allows local governments to alter state statutes or regulations related to spending unless Legislature or state agency vetoes changes within 60 days. (Yes, No)http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/ballot-measures/qualified-ballot-measures.htmhttp://co.humboldt.ca.us/election/poll_samples/ballots/bt000002.pdfOn ballotMajority of measure votesNState adminBudgets
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CACALIFORNIAProposition 40ReferendumRedistricting. State Senate Districts.A “Yes” vote approves, and a “No” vote rejects, new State Senate districts drawn by the Citizens Redistricting Commission. If the new districts are rejected, the State Senate district boundary lines will be adjusted by officials supervised by the California Supreme Court. State Senate districts are revised every 10 years following the federal census.http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/ballot-measures/qualified-ballot-measures.htmhttp://co.humboldt.ca.us/election/poll_samples/ballots/bt000002.pdfOn ballotMajority of measure votesNState adminsenate districts
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CACALIFORNIAProposition 30Initiative/
Constitutional Amendment
Temporary Taxes to Fund Education. Guaranteed Local Public Safety Funding.Increases personal income tax on annual earnings over $250,000 for seven years. Increases sales and use tax by ¼ cent for four years. Allocates temporary tax revenues 89 percent to K-12 schools and 11 percent to community colleges. Bars use of funds for administrative costs, but provides local school governing boards discretion to decide, in open meetings and subject to annual audit, how funds are to be spent. Guarantees funding for public safety services realigned from state to local governments. (Yes, No)http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/ballot-measures/qualified-ballot-measures.htmhttp://co.humboldt.ca.us/election/poll_samples/ballots/bt000002.pdfOn ballotMajority of measure votesYBC-CA--TaxIncreasesCalifornia: Two initiatives to raise state income and sales taxes for public safety and education programs.Proposition 30 - Increase Education Tax8630TaxesEducation
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CACALIFORNIAProposition 38Statutory InitiativeTax for Education and Early Childhood Programs.Increases personal income tax rates for annual earnings over $7,316 using sliding scale from .4% for lowest individual earners to 2.2% for individuals earning over $2.5 million, ending after twelve years. During first four years, 60% of revenues go to K-12 schools, 30% to repaying state debt, and 10% to early childhood programs. Thereafter, allocates 85% of revenues to K-12 schools, 15% to early childhood programs. Provides K-12 funds on school specific, per-pupil basis, subject to local control, audits, and public input. Prohibits state from directing or using new funds. (Yes, No)http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/ballot-measures/qualified-ballot-measures.htmhttp://co.humboldt.ca.us/election/poll_samples/ballots/bt000002.pdfOn ballotMajority of measure votesYBC-CA--TaxIncreasesCalifornia: Two initiatives to raise state income and sales taxes for public safety and education programs.Proposition 38 - Increase Tax K-128639TaxesEducation/public safety
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COCOLORADOAmendment 64Initiative/
Constitutional Amendment
(Use and Regulation of Marijuana)Shall there be an amendment to the Colorado constitution concerning marijuana, and, in connection therewith, providing for the regulation of marijuana; permitting a person twenty-one years of age or older to consume or possess limited amounts of marijuana; providing for the licensing of cultivation facilities, product manufacturing facilities, testing facilities, and retail stores; permitting local governments to regulate or prohibit such facilities; requiring the general assembly to enact an excise tax to be levied upon wholesale sales of marijuana; requiring that the first $40 million in revenue raised annually by such tax be credited to the public school capital construction assistance fund; and requiring the general assembly to enact legislation governing the cultivation, processing, and sale of industrial hemp? (Yes, No)http://www.sos.state.co.us/pubs/elections/Initiatives/ballotContactList.htmlhttp://www.co.routt.co.us/DocumentCenter/View/91On BallotMajority of measure votesYBC-US--LegalMarijuanaLegalizes marijuana for personal use by adults and creates taxing and regulation system.Amendment 64 - Legalize Marijuana7556MarijuanaPermits medical use
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COCOLORADOAmendment 65Initiative/
Constitutional Amendment
(Colorado Congressional Delegation to Support Campaign Finance Limits)Shall there be amendments to the Colorado constitution and the Colorado revised statutes concerning support by Colorado’s legislative representatives for a federal constitutional amendment to limit campaign contributions and spending, and, in connection therewith, instructing Colorado’s congressional delegation to propose and support, and the members of Colorado’s state legislature to ratify, an amendment to the United States constitution that allows congress and the states to limit campaign contributions and spending? (Yes, No)http://www.sos.state.co.us/pubs/elections/Initiatives/titleBoard/results/2011-2012/82Results.htmlhttp://www.co.routt.co.us/DocumentCenter/View/91On BallotMajority of measure votesNPolitical funding
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COCOLORADOAmendment SLegislative Referendum/
Constitutional Amendment
(State Personnel System)Shall there be an amendment to the Colorado constitution
concerning the state personnel system, and, in connection therewith, expanding the veterans' preference; increasing the number of candidates eligible to be appointed to a position; adjusting the duration of allowable temporary employment; allowing the flexibility to remove a limited number of positions from the system; modifying the residency requirement; adjusting the terms of service for members of the state personnel board; and requiring merit-based appointments to be made through a comparative analysis process? (Yes, No)
http://www.sos.state.co.us/pubs/elections/Initiatives/ballotContactList.htmlhttp://www.co.routt.co.us/DocumentCenter/View/91On BallotMajority of measure votesNState adminPersonnel hiring
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DCDISTRICT OF COLUMBIAProposed Charter Amendment VCharter AmendmentExpulsion for Gross Misconduct, D.C. Council This Charter Amendment, if passed, would permit the Council to adopt a resolution to expel a Councilmember upon a 5/6 vote of its members upon demonstrating that Councilmember’s gross failure to meet the highest standards of conduct and upon establishing procedures for the expulsion of a Councilmember. (For, Against)http://www.dcboee.org/election_info/election_year2012/On BallotMajority of measure votesNState adminLegislator dismissal
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DCDISTRICT OF COLUMBIAProposed Charter Amendment VICharter AmendmentDisqualification from Office for Felony Conviction, D.C. CouncilThis Charter Amendment, if passed, would make anyone who is convicted of a felony while holding the office of Councilmember ineligible to remain in office and ineligible to ever hold the office again. (For, Against)http://www.dcboee.org/election_info/election_year2012/On BallotMajority of measure votesNState adminLegislator dismissal
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DCDISTRICT OF COLUMBIAProposed Charter Amendment VIICharter AmendmentDisqualification from Office for Felony Conviction, MayorThis Charter Amendment, if passed, would make anyone who is convicted of a felony while holding the office of Mayor ineligible to remain in office and ineligible to ever hold the office again. (For, Against)http://www.dcboee.org/election_info/election_year2012/On BallotMajority of measure votesNState adminLegislator dismissal
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FLFLORIDANO. 6
CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT
Legislative Referendum/ Constitutional AmendmentPROHIBITION ON PUBLIC FUNDING OF ABORTIONS; CONSTRUCTION OF ABORTION RIGHTSThis proposed amendment provides that public funds may not be expended for any abortion or for health-benefits coverage that includes coverage of abortion. This prohibition does not apply to an expenditure required by federal law, a case in which a woman suffers from a physical disorder, physical injury, or physical illness that would place her in danger of death unless an abortion is performed, or a case of rape or incest. This proposed amendment provides that the State Constitution may not be interpreted to create broader rights to an abortion than those contained in the United States Constitution. With respect to abortion, this proposed amendment overrules court decisions which conclude that the right of privacy under Article I, Section 23 of the State Constitution is broader in scope than that of the United States Constitution. (Yes, No)http://election.dos.state.fl.us/initiatives/initiativelist.asp?year=2012&initstatus=ALL&MadeBallot=Y&ElecType=GENhttp://www.voterfocus.com/Hosting/hillsborough/ew_pages/Whats%20New/English/2012%20General%20Election%20Information/2012%20General%20All%20Races%20Sample%20Ballot.pdfActiveAt least 60% of measure votesYBC-FL--AbortionFundingFlorida: Prohibits use of public funds for abortions.Amendment 6 - Abortion Funds11628AbortionPublic funds
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FLFLORIDANO. 8
CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT
Legislative Referendum/ Constitutional AmendmentRELIGIOUS FREEDOMProposing an amendment to the State Constitution providing that no individual or entity may be denied, on the basis of religious identity or belief, governmental benefits, funding or other support, except as required by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, and deleting the prohibition against using revenues from the public treasury directly or indirectly in aid of any church, sect, or religious denomination or in aid of any sectarian institution. (Yes, No)http://election.dos.state.fl.us/initiatives/initiativelist.asp?year=2012&initstatus=ALL&MadeBallot=Y&ElecType=GENhttp://www.voterfocus.com/Hosting/hillsborough/ew_pages/Whats%20New/English/2012%20General%20Election%20Information/2012%20General%20All%20Races%20Sample%20Ballot.pdfActiveAt least 60% of measure votesYBC-FL--ReligiousFreedomFlorida: Prohibits denial of any government funding or benefit because of religious beliefs.Amendment 8 - Religious School Funding11630EducationFunding for religious schools
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FLFLORIDANO. 12
CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT
Legislative Referendum/ Constitutional AmendmentAPPOINTMENT OF STUDENT BODY PRESIDENT TO BOARD OF GOVERNORS OF THE STATE UNIVERSITY SYSTEMProposing an amendment to the State Constitution to replace the president of the Florida Student Association with the chair of the council of state university student body presidents as the student member of the Board of Governors of the State University System and to require that the Board of Governors organize such council of state university student body presidents. (Yes, No)http://election.dos.state.fl.us/initiatives/initiativelist.asp?year=2012&initstatus=ALL&MadeBallot=Y&ElecType=GENhttp://www.voterfocus.com/Hosting/hillsborough/ew_pages/Whats%20New/English/2012%20General%20Election%20Information/2012%20General%20All%20Races%20Sample%20Ballot.pdfActiveAt least 60% of measure votesNEducationStudent body
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FLFLORIDANO. 1
CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT
Legislative Referendum/ Constitutional AmendmentHEALTH CARE SERVICESProposing an amendment to the State Constitution to prohibit laws or rules from compelling any person or employer to purchase, obtain, or otherwise provide for health care coverage; permit a person or an employer to purchase lawful health care services directly from a health care provider; permit a health care provider to accept direct payment from a person or an employer for lawful health care services; exempt persons, employers, and health care providers from penalties and taxes for paying directly or accepting direct payment for lawful health care services; and prohibit laws or rules from abolishing the private market for health care coverage of any lawful health care service. Specifies that the amendment does not affect which health care services a health care provider is required to perform or provide; affect which health care services are permitted by law; prohibit care provided pursuant to general law relating to workers’ compensation; affect laws or rules in effect as of March 1, 2010; affect the terms or conditions of any health care system to the extent that those terms and conditions do not have the effect of punishing a person or an employer for paying directly for lawful health care services or a health care provider for accepting direct payment from a person or an employer for lawful health care services; or affect any general law passed by two-thirds vote of the membership of each house of the Legislature, passed after the effective date of the amendment, provided such law states with specificity the public necessity justifying the exceptions from the provisions of the amendment. The amendment expressly provides that it may not be construed to prohibit negotiated provisions in insurance contracts, network agreements, or other provider agreements contractually limiting copayments, coinsurance, deductibles, or other patient charges. (Yes, No)http://election.dos.state.fl.us/initiatives/initiativelist.asp?year=2012&initstatus=ALL&MadeBallot=Y&ElecType=GENhttp://www.voterfocus.com/Hosting/hillsborough/ew_pages/Whats%20New/English/2012%20General%20Election%20Information/2012%20General%20All%20Races%20Sample%20Ballot.pdfActiveAt least 60% of measure votesYBC-US--HealthCareProhibits forced participation in health care systems.Amendment 1- No Mandatory Health Coverage11621HealthcareProhibits forced participation
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FLFLORIDANO. 5
CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT
Legislative Referendum/ Constitutional AmendmentSTATE COURTSProposes revision of Article V of State Constitution, relating to judiciary, consisting of amendments to ss. 2, 11, & 12, Art. V, of State Constitution; revises provisions relating to repeal of court rules; limits readoption of repealed court rule; provides for Senate confirmation of Supreme Court justices; requires JQC to make all of its files available to House Speaker; provides for confidentiality of records provided to House of Representatives until impeachment is initiated; makes other conforming & modernizing changes. (Yes, No)http://election.dos.state.fl.us/initiatives/initiativelist.asp?year=2012&initstatus=ALL&MadeBallot=Y&ElecType=GENhttp://www.voterfocus.com/Hosting/hillsborough/ew_pages/Whats%20New/English/2012%20General%20Election%20Information/2012%20General%20All%20Races%20Sample%20Ballot.pdfActiveAt least 60% of measure votesNJudiciary and legal
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FLFLORIDANO. 3
CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT
Legislative Referendum/ Constitutional AmendmentSTATE GOVERNMENT REVENUE LIMITATIONThis proposed amendment to the State Constitution replaces the existing state revenue limitation based on Florida personal income growth with a new state revenue limitation based on inflation and population changes. Under the amendment, state revenues, as defined in the amendment, collected in excess of the revenue limitation must be deposited into the budget stabilization fund until the fund reaches its maximum balance, and thereafter shall be used for the support and maintenance of public schools by reducing the minimum financial effort required from school districts for participation in a state-funded education finance program, or, if the minimum financial effort is no longer required, returned to the taxpayers. The Legislature may increase the state revenue limitation through a bill approved by a super majority vote of each house of the Legislature. The Legislature may also submit a proposed increase in the state revenue limitation to the voters. The Legislature must implement this proposed amendment by general law. The amendment will take effect upon approval by the electors and will first apply to the 2014-2015 state fiscal year. (Yes, No)http://election.dos.state.fl.us/initiatives/initiativelist.asp?year=2012&initstatus=ALL&MadeBallot=Y&ElecType=GENhttp://www.voterfocus.com/Hosting/hillsborough/ew_pages/Whats%20New/English/2012%20General%20Election%20Information/2012%20General%20All%20Races%20Sample%20Ballot.pdfActiveAt least 60% of measure votesNTaxes
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FLFLORIDANO. 4
CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT
Legislative Referendum/ Constitutional AmendmentPROPERTY TAX LIMITATIONS; PROPERTY VALUE DECLINE; REDUCTION FOR NONHOMESTEAD ASSESSMENT INCREASES; DELAY OF SCHEDULED REPEALProposes amendments to State Constitution to allow Legislature by general law to prohibit increases in assessed value of homestead & specified nonhomestead property if just value of property decreases, reduce limitation on annual assessment increases applicable to nonhomestead real property, provide additional homestead exemption for owners of homestead property who have not owned homestead property for specified time before purchase of current homestead property, & application & limitations with respect thereto, delay future repeal of provisions limiting annual assessment increases for specified nonhomestead real property, & provide effective dates. (Yes, No)http://election.dos.state.fl.us/initiatives/initiativelist.asp?year=2012&initstatus=ALL&MadeBallot=Y&ElecType=GENhttp://www.voterfocus.com/Hosting/hillsborough/ew_pages/Whats%20New/English/2012%20General%20Election%20Information/2012%20General%20All%20Races%20Sample%20Ballot.pdfActiveAt least 60% of measure votesNTaxesProperty taxes
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FLFLORIDANO. 10
CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT
Legislative Referendum/ Constitutional AmendmentTANGIBLE PERSONAL PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTIONProposing an amendment to the State Constitution to: (1) Provide an exemption from ad valorem taxes levied by counties, municipalities, school districts, and other local governments on tangible personal property if the assessed value of an owner's tangible personal property is greater than $25,000 but less than $50,000. This new exemption, if approved by the voters, will take effect on January 1, 2013, and apply to the 2013 tax roll and subsequent tax rolls. (2) Authorize a county or municipality for the purpose of its respective levy, and as provided by general law, to provide tangible personal property tax exemptions by ordinance. This is in addition to other statewide tangible personal property tax exemptions provided by the Constitution and this amendment. (Yes, No)http://election.dos.state.fl.us/initiatives/initiativelist.asp?year=2012&initstatus=ALL&MadeBallot=Y&ElecType=GENhttp://www.voterfocus.com/Hosting/hillsborough/ew_pages/Whats%20New/English/2012%20General%20Election%20Information/2012%20General%20All%20Races%20Sample%20Ballot.pdfActiveAt least 60% of measure votesNTaxesProperty taxes
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FLFLORIDANO. 11
CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT
Legislative Referendum/ Constitutional AmendmentADDITIONAL HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION; LOW-INCOME SENIORS WHO MAINTAIN LONG-TERM RESIDENCY ON PROPERTY; EQUAL TO ASSESSED VALUEProposing an amendment to the State Constitution to authorize the Legislature, by general law and subject to conditions set forth in the general law, to allow counties and municipalities to grant an additional homestead tax exemption equal to the assessed value of homestead property if the property has a just value less than $250,000 to an owner who has maintained permanent residency on the property for not less than 25 years, who has attained age 65, and who has a low household income as defined by general law. (Yes, No)http://election.dos.state.fl.us/initiatives/initiativelist.asp?year=2012&initstatus=ALL&MadeBallot=Y&ElecType=GENhttp://www.voterfocus.com/Hosting/hillsborough/ew_pages/Whats%20New/English/2012%20General%20Election%20Information/2012%20General%20All%20Races%20Sample%20Ballot.pdfActiveAt least 60% of measure votesNTaxesProperty taxes
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FLFLORIDANO. 2
CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT
Legislative Referendum/ Constitutional AmendmentVETERANS DISABLED DUE TO COMBAT INJURY; HOMESTEAD PROPERTY TAX DISCOUNTProposing an amendment to Section 6 of Article VII and the creation of Section 32 of Article XII of the State Constitution to expand the availability of the property discount on the homesteads of veterans who became disabled as the result of a combat injury to include those who were not Florida residents when they entered the military and schedule the amendment to take effect January 1, 2013. (Yes, No)http://election.dos.state.fl.us/initiatives/initiativelist.asp?year=2012&initstatus=ALL&MadeBallot=Y&ElecType=GENhttp://www.voterfocus.com/Hosting/hillsborough/ew_pages/Whats%20New/English/2012%20General%20Election%20Information/2012%20General%20All%20Races%20Sample%20Ballot.pdfActiveAt least 60% of measure votesNVeteransProperty tax discount
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FLFLORIDANO. 9
CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT
Legislative Referendum/ Constitutional AmendmentHOMESTEAD PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTION FOR SURVIVING SPOUSE OF MILITARY VETERAN OR FIRST RESPONDERProposing an amendment to the State Constitution to authorize the Legislature to provide by general law ad valorem homestead property tax relief to the surviving spouse of a military veteran who died from service- connected causes while on active duty or to the surviving spouse of a first responder who died in the line of duty. The amendment authorizes the Legislature to totally exempt or partially exempt such surviving spouse's homestead property from ad valorem taxation. The amendment defines a first responder as a law enforcement officer, a correctional officer, a firefighter, an emergency medical technician, or a paramedic. This amendment shall take effect January 1, 2013. (Yes, No)http://election.dos.state.fl.us/initiatives/initiativelist.asp?year=2012&initstatus=ALL&MadeBallot=Y&ElecType=GENhttp://www.voterfocus.com/Hosting/hillsborough/ew_pages/Whats%20New/English/2012%20General%20Election%20Information/2012%20General%20All%20Races%20Sample%20Ballot.pdfActiveAt least 60% of measure votesNVeteransProperty taxes
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GAGEORGIA1Legislative Referendum/ Constitutional AmendmentProvides for improving student achievement and parental involvement through more public charter school options."Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended to allow state or local approval of public charter schools upon the request of local communities?" (Yes, No)http://sos.georgia.gov/elections/ConstitutionalAmendmentsForNovember2012.pdfhttp://www.claytoncountyga.gov/pdfs/election/Sample%20Ballot%2011-06-2012.pdfOn ballotMajority of measure votesNEducationCharter schools
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GAGEORGIA2Legislative Referendum/ Constitutional AmendmentAllows the state to save
taxpayer funds through multiyear real estate rental
agreements.
"Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended so as to provide for a reduction in the state's operating costs by allowing the General Assembly to authorize certain state agencies to enter into multiyear rental agreements? (Yes, No)http://sos.georgia.gov/elections/ConstitutionalAmendmentsForNovember2012.pdfhttp://www.claytoncountyga.gov/pdfs/election/Sample%20Ballot%2011-06-2012.pdfOn ballotMajority of measure votesNTaxesState admin
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HIHAWAIINoneLegislative Referendum/ Constitutional AmendmentCON AMEND: Relating to Dams and Reservoirs"Shall the State be authorized to issue special purpose revenue bonds and use the proceeds from the bonds to assist dam and reservoir owners to make their facilities compliant with current safety standards?" (Yes, No)http://hawaii.gov/elections/documents/2012/ConAm%20Poster%202012%20Final%20-%20all%20languages.pdfhttp://elections2.hawaii.gov/ppl/docs/PPL/BALLOTS/GENERAL/EN/0301_EN.pdfOn ballotMajority of measure votes, and at least 50% of the total vote cast at the election.NEnvironmentBonds
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HIHAWAIINoneLegislative Referendum/ Constitutional AmendmentCON AMEND: Relating to Retired Judges"Shall the chief justice of the state supreme court appoint judges who have retired upon attaining the age of seventy years as emeritus judges, permitting the appointed judges to serve as temporary judges in courts no higher than the court level they reached prior to retirement and for terms not to exceed three months per each appointment?" (Yes, No)http://hawaii.gov/elections/documents/2012/ConAm%20Poster%202012%20Final%20-%20all%20languages.pdfhttp://elections2.hawaii.gov/ppl/docs/PPL/BALLOTS/GENERAL/EN/0301_EN.pdfOn ballotMajority of measure votes, and at least 50% of the total vote cast at the election.NJudiciary and legalRetirement ages
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IDIDAHOSJR 102Legislative Referendum/ Constitutional Amendment(CONTROL OVER STATE PRISONS)Shall Section 5, Article X, of the Constitution of the State of Idaho be amended to provide that the state board of correction shall have the control, direction and management of adult felony probation and parole? (Yes, No)http://www.sos.idaho.gov/elect/inits/2012amend.htmhttp://www.co.bannock.id.us/elections/28in.pdfOn ballotMajority of measure votesNCrime and policingControl of prisons
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IDIDAHOProposition 1Popular ReferendumReferendum to approve or reject legislation limiting negotiated agreements between teachers and local school boards and ending the practice of issuing renewable contracts.Referendum to approve or reject S1108; to revise the annual written evaluation process for professional staff; phase out renewable individual contacts; provide that professional staff employed after January 31, 2011 shall not be entitled to a formal review of decisions for not being reemployed; allow school boards to change the length of terms stated in current contracts and reduce the salaries of certificated staff with renewable contracts without due process proceedings; require school districts to disclose to employees a list of professional liability insurance providers; eliminate education support program for school districts experiencing enrollment decreases greater than one percent; eliminate teacher early retirement incentives; restrict the scope of negotiated agreements between school boards and professional staff to compensation and the duration of negotiated agreements to one year; and eliminate provisions for fact finding in professional negotiations. Shall the legislation limiting negotiated agreements between teachers and local school boards and ending the practice of issuing renewable contracts be approved? (Yes, No)http://www.sos.idaho.gov/elect/inits/2012refer00.htmhttp://www.co.bannock.id.us/elections/28in.pdfOn ballotMajority of measure votesNEducationTeacher contracts
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IDIDAHOProposition 2Popular ReferendumReferendum to approve or reject legislation providing teacher performance pay based on state-mandated test scores, student performance, hard-to-fill positions and leadershipReferendum to approve or reject S1110; relating to education; revision Idaho Code by adding new section 33-1004I to provide and distribute in fiscal year 2012 state share-based pay for performance bonuses to certificated instructional staff based on a school's median student growth percentiles on state achievement tests and a school's median standardized score on state achievement tests and local share-based pay for performance based on student test scores, graduation rates, dropout rates, percent of graduates attending postsecondary education or entering military service, meeting federal "adequate yearly progress", number of students successfully completing dual credit or advanced placement classes; percent of students in extracurricular activities, class projects, portfolios, successful completion of special student assignments, parental involvement, teacher-assigned grades, and/or student attendance rates, and, in fiscal year 2014 and thereafter, in addition to the aforementioned bonuses, providing incentives for certificated instructional staff in hard-to-fill positions and leadership awards for certificated instructional staff who assume one or more of the following additional duties: instructional staff mentoring, content leadership, lead teacher, peer coaching, content specialist, remedial instructor, curriculum development, assessment development, data analysis, grant writing, special program coordinator, research project, professional development instructor, service on education committees, educational leadership and earning national board certification. Shall the legislation providing teacher performance pay based on state-mandated test scores, student performance, hard-to-fill positions and leadership be approved? (Yes, No)http://www.sos.idaho.gov/elect/inits/2012refer00.htmhttp://www.co.bannock.id.us/elections/28in.pdfOn ballotMajority of measure votesNEducationTeacher pay
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IDIDAHOProposition 3Popular ReferendumReferendum to approve or reject legislation amending school district funding, requiring provision of computing devices and online courses for high school graduation.Referendum to approve or reject S1184; relating to education: revising Idaho Code by amending 33-125, to provide for a fiscal report card; repealing 33-129 relating to science education matching grants; amending 33-357 relating to a certain internet website; amending 33-1002 relating to the educational support program; adding new section 33-1002A relating to fractional average daily attendance; amending 33-1004 relating to staff allowances; amending 33-1004A relating to the experience and education multiplier; amending 33-1004E relating to district's salary-based apportionment; amending 33-1004F relating to obligations to the public employee retirement system and social security; amending 33-1020 relating to moneys distributed to the Idaho Digital Learning Academy; adding new section 33-1021 relating to distribution of moneys to school districts for certain math and science courses; adding new section 33-1022 relating to public school technology and expenditures or distributions of moneys for such; adding new section 33-1626 relating to dual credit; adding new section 33-1627 relating to online courses and mobile computing devices and providing certain expenditures or distributions of moneys; adding new section 33-5216 relating to public postsecondary institutions being authorized to operate public charter high schools. Shall the legislation amending school district funding, requiring provision of computing devices and online courses for high school graduation be approved? (Yes, No)http://www.sos.idaho.gov/elect/inits/2012refer00.htmhttp://www.co.bannock.id.us/elections/28in.pdfOn ballotMajority of measure votesNEducationSpending
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IDIDAHOHJR 2aaLegislative Referendum/ Constitutional Amendment(RIGHTS TO HUNT, FISH AND TRAP)Shall Article I, of the Constitution of the State of Idaho be amended by the addition of a New Section 23, to provide that the rights to hunt, fish and trap, including by the use of traditional methods, are a valued part of the heritage of the State of Idaho and shall forever be preserved for the people and managed through the laws, rules and proclamations that preserve the future of hunting, fishing and trapping; to provide that public hunting, fishing and trapping of wildlife shall be a preferred means of managing wildlife; and to provide that the rights set forth do not create a right to trespass on private property, shall not affect rights to divert, appropriate and use water, or establish any minimum amount of water in any water body, shall not lead to a diminution of other private rights, and shall not prevent the suspension or revocation, pursuant to statute enacted by the Legislature, of an individual's hunting, fishing or trapping license? (Yes, No)http://www.sos.idaho.gov/elect/inits/2012amend.htmhttp://www.co.bannock.id.us/elections/28in.pdfOn ballotMajority of measure votesYBC-US-HuntingGuarantees the right to hunt, fish and harvest wildlife.Amendment HJR2aa - Hunting and Fishing14319HuntingProtects right to hunt
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ILILLINOISNoneLegislative Referendum/ Constitutional Amendment(CONAMEND-PENSION INCREASE VOTE)Proposes to amend the General Provisions Article of the Illinois Constitution. Provides that no bill, except a bill for appropriations, that provides a benefit increase under any pension or retirement system of the State, any unit of local government or school district, or any agency or instrumentality thereof, shall become law without the concurrence of three-fifths of the members elected to each house of the General Assembly. Provides requirements for passage if the Governor vetoes a bill or returns a bill with specific recommendations for change. Provides that no ordinance, resolution, rule, or other action of the governing body, or an appointee or employee of the governing body, of any unit of local government or school district that provides an emolument increase to an official or employee that has the effect of increasing the amount of the pension or annuity that an official or employee could receive as a member of a pension or retirement system shall be valid without the concurrence of three-fifths of the members of that governing body. Provides that no action of the governing body, or an appointee or employee of the governing body, of any pension or retirement system created or maintained for the benefit of officers or employees of the State, any unit of local government or school district, or any agency or instrumentality thereof that results in a beneficial determination shall be valid without the concurrence of three-fifths of the members of that governing body. Defines terms. Effective January 9, 2013. (Yes, No)http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/BillStatus.asp?DocNum=49&GAID=11&DocTypeID=HJRCA&LegId=67098&SessionID=84&GA=97http://www.chicagoelections.com/sampleballots/ES/ES50.pdfOn ballot3/5ths of those voting on the measure or a majority of those voting in the election.NPensions
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KSKANSASNoneLegislative Referendum/
Constitutional Amendment
(Watercraft taxation classification)This amendment would allow the legislature to classify and tax watercraft upon a basis different from other property. A vote for this proposition would permit the legislature to provide for separate classification and taxation of watercraft or to exempt such property from property taxation and impose taxes in lieu thereof. A vote against this proposition would continue the taxation of watercraft in the same manner as all other property. (Yes, No)http://www.sos.ks.gov/elections/12elec/2012_Constitutional_Amendment_HCR_5017.pdfhttp://www.wycokck.org/uploadedFiles/Departments/Election_Office/Sample%20Ballot_General%202012_v2.pdfOn ballotMajority of measure votesNTaxesWatercraft
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KYKENTUCKYNoneLegislative Referendum/ Constitutional Amendment(AN ACT proposing to amend the Constitution of Kentucky relating to hunting, fishing, and harvesting wildlife.)Are you in favor of amending the Kentucky constitution to state that the citizens of Kentucky have the personal right to hunt, fish, and harvest wildlife, subject to laws and regulations that promote conservation and preserve the future of hunting and fishing, and to state that public hunting and fishing shall be a preferred means of managing and conserving wildlife? (Yes, No)http://www.lrc.ky.gov/record/11RS/HB1.htmhttp://app.sos.ky.gov/ballots/Campbell/FACE-023.pdfOn ballotMajority of measure votesYBC-US-HuntingGuarantees the right to hunt, fish and harvest wildlife.Amendment Hunting and Fishing18825HuntingProtects right to hunt
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LALOUISIANACA NO. 9Legislative Referendum/ Constitutional Amendment(Act 876 - SB 410) Security District/Parcel Fee w/in District"Do you support an amendment to provide that no law relative to the creation of a special district, the primary purpose of which includes aiding in crime prevention and security by providing for an increased presence of law enforcement personnel in the district or otherwise promoting and encouraging security in the district, shall be enacted unless three separate notices of the proposed law are published at least thirty days prior to introduction of the bill, which notice shall set forth the substance of the proposed law and whether the governing authority of the special district would be authorized to impose and collect a parcel fee within the district, whether the parcel fee will be imposed or may be increased without an election, and the maximum amount of such fee? (Amends Article III, Section 13)" (Yes, No)http://www.sos.la.gov/Portals/0/elections/pdf/NOV62012CAS-withseal.pdfhttp://www.sos.la.gov/tabid/1160/Default.aspxOn ballotMajority of measure votesNCrime and policing
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LALOUISIANACA NO. 1Legislative Referendum/ Constitutional Amendment(Act 873 - SB 82)`Medicaid Trust Fund for the Elderly"Do you support an amendment to prohibit monies in the Medicaid Trust Fund for the Elderly from being used or appropriated for other purposes when adjustments are made to eliminate a state deficit? (Adds Article VII, Section 10(F)(4)(g))" (Yes, No)http://www.sos.la.gov/Portals/0/elections/pdf/NOV62012CAS-withseal.pdfhttp://www.sos.la.gov/tabid/1160/Default.aspxOn ballotMajority of measure votesNHealthcareProtect medicaid funds
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LALOUISIANACA NO. 2Legislative Referendum/ Constitutional Amendment(Act 874 - SB 303) Right of each Citizen to keep and bear arms "Do you support an amendment to the Constitution of the State of Louisiana to provide that the right to keep and bear arms is a fundamental right and any restriction of that right requires the highest standard of review by a court? (Amends Article I, Section 11)" (Yes, No)http://www.sos.la.gov/Portals/0/elections/pdf/NOV62012CAS-withseal.pdfhttp://www.sos.la.gov/tabid/1160/Default.aspxOn ballotMajority of measure votesNRight to bear arms
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LALOUISIANACA NO. 3Legislative Referendum/ Constitutional Amendment(Act 872 - SB 21) Prefiling DL/for retirement/public employee"Do you support an amendment to require legislation effecting any change to laws concerning retirement systems for public employees that is to be prefiled to be filed no later than forty-five days before the start of a regular legislative session and to require the completion of public notice requirements regarding legislation effecting such a change no later than sixty days before introduction of the bill? (Amends Article III, Section 2(A)(2), Article X, Section 29(C), and Article XIII, Section 1(A))" (Yes, No)http://www.sos.la.gov/Portals/0/elections/pdf/NOV62012CAS-withseal.pdfhttp://www.sos.la.gov/tabid/1160/Default.aspxOn ballotMajority of measure votesNState adminRetirement admin
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LALOUISIANACA NO. 5Legislative Referendum/ Constitutional Amendment(Act 868 - HB 9) Forfeiture Retirement Benefit Pub.Off./Conv.Felon "Do you support an amendment to provide for the forfeiture of public retirement benefits by any public servant who is convicted of a felony associated with and committed during his public service? (Adds Article X, Section 29(G))" (Yes, No)http://www.sos.la.gov/Portals/0/elections/pdf/NOV62012CAS-withseal.pdfhttp://www.sos.la.gov/tabid/1160/Default.aspxOn ballotMajority of measure votesNState adminEmployee benefits
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LALOUISIANACA NO. 7 Legislative Referendum/ Constitutional Amendment(Act 870 - HB 524) Provides filling appts/Vac. on Bds./Comm. "Do you support an amendment, relative to the membership of constitutional boards and commissions that have members who are selected from congressional districts, to retain the existing number of members and to provide for implementation of membership from reapportioned congressional districts by filling vacancies first from under-represented districts and then from the state at large? (Amends Article VIII, Sections 5(B)(1), 6(B)(1), and 7(B)(1) and Article X, Sections 3(A) and 43(A); Adds Article VIII, Section 8(D))" (Yes, No)http://www.sos.la.gov/Portals/0/elections/pdf/NOV62012CAS-withseal.pdfhttp://www.sos.la.gov/tabid/1160/Default.aspxOn ballotMajority of measure votesNState admin
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LALOUISIANACA NO. 4Legislative Referendum/ Constitutional Amendment(Act 875 - SB 337) Surv. Spouse/Deceased Veteran/Homestead Exemp. "Do you support an amendment to exempt from ad valorem taxation, in addition to the homestead exemption, the next seventy-five thousand dollars of value of property owned and occupied by the spouse of a deceased veteran with a service-connected disability rating of one hundred percent who passed away prior to the enactment of the exemption? (Effective January 1, 2013)(Amends Article VII, Section 21(K)(1))" (Yes, No)http://www.sos.la.gov/Portals/0/elections/pdf/NOV62012CAS-withseal.pdfhttp://www.sos.la.gov/tabid/1160/Default.aspxOn ballotMajority of measure votesNTaxesProperty taxes
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LALOUISIANACA NO. 6Legislative Referendum/ Constitutional Amendment(Act 869 - HB 497) Gov.Auth. of New Iberia - prop.annexed by the City "Do you support an amendment to authorize the granting of ad valorem tax exemption contracts by the city of New Iberia for property annexed by the city after January 1, 2013? (Adds Article VII, Section 21(L))" (Yes, No)http://www.sos.la.gov/Portals/0/elections/pdf/NOV62012CAS-withseal.pdfhttp://www.sos.la.gov/tabid/1160/Default.aspxOn ballotMajority of measure votesNTaxes
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LALOUISIANACA NO. 8 Legislative Referendum/ Constitutional Amendment(Act 871 - HB 674) State Bd. of Comm./Industry-Tax Exemp. Contracts"Do you support an amendment to authorize the granting of ad valorem tax exemption contracts by the Board of Commerce and Industry for businesses located in parishes which have chosen to participate in a program established for the granting of such contracts? (Effective January 1, 2013) (Adds Article VII, Section 21(L))" (Yes, No)http://www.sos.la.gov/Portals/0/elections/pdf/NOV62012CAS-withseal.pdfhttp://www.sos.la.gov/tabid/1160/Default.aspxOn ballotMajority of measure votesNTaxes
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MAMASSACHUSETTSQuestion 2Initiative
Petition
(An Initiative Petition for an Act Relative to Death with Dignity)This proposed law would allow a physician licensed in
Massachusetts to prescribe medication, at a terminally ill
patient’s request, to end that patient’s life. The proposed law states that the patient would ingest the medicine in order to cause death in a humane and dignified manner. The proposed law would make it punishable by imprisonment and/or fines, for anyone to (1) coerce a patient to request medication, (2) forge a request, or (3) conceal a rescission of a request. Provider participation under the proposed law would be voluntary. (Yes, No)
http://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/ele12/ballot_questions_12/message12.htmhttp://www.shrewsbury-ma.gov/egov/docs/1348839176_717407.pdfOn ballotMajority of measure votes & at least 30% of the voters who cast ballots in the election must vote affirmative.YBC-MA--AssistedSuicideMassachusetts: Permits physicians to prescribe medications to end the lives of terminally ill patients.Question 2 - Yes Death with Dignity24559Assisted suicide
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MAMASSACHUSETTSQuestion 3Initiative
Petition
(An Initiative Petition for a Law for the Humanitarian Medical Use of Marijuana)This proposed law would eliminate state criminal and
civil penalties for the medical use of marijuana by
qualifying patients. The proposed law would allow patients to possess up to a 60-day supply of marijuana for their personal medical use. The proposed law would allow for non-profit medical marijuana treatment centers to grow, process and provide marijuana to patients or their caregivers. (Yes, No)
http://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/ele12/ballot_questions_12/message12.htmhttp://www.shrewsbury-ma.gov/egov/docs/1348839176_717407.pdfOn ballotMajority of measure votes & at least 30% of the voters who cast ballots in the election must vote affirmative.YBC-US--MedicalMarijuanaPermits medical use of marijuana.Question 3 - Yes Medical Marijuana24557MarijuanaPermits medical use
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MAMASSACHUSETTSQuestion 1Initiative
Petition
(Initiative Petition for An Act to Protect Motor Vehicle Owners and Small Businesses in Repairing Motor Vehicles)This proposed law would prohibit any motor vehicle
manufacturer, starting with model year 2015, from selling or
leasing, either directly or through a dealer, a new motor
vehicle without allowing the owner to have access to the same diagnostic and repair information made available to the manufacturer’s dealers and in-state authorized repair
facilities. For vehicles manufactured from 2002 through model year 2014, the proposed law would require a manufacturer of motor vehicles sold in Massachusetts to make available for purchase the same diagnostic and repair information that the manufacturer makes available through an electronic system to its dealers and in-state authorized repair facilities, and all diagnostic repair tools, incorporating the same diagnostic, repair and wireless capabilities as those available to dealers and authorized repair facilities. (Yes, No)
http://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/ele12/ballot_questions_12/message12.htmhttp://www.shrewsbury-ma.gov/egov/docs/1348839176_717407.pdfOn ballotMajority of measure votes & at least 30% of the voters who cast ballots in the election must vote affirmative.NMotor vehicle salesOpen information
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MDMARYLANDQuestion 7Legislative Referendum/
Statutory
Gaming ExpansionDo you favor the expansion of commercial gaming in the State of Maryland for the primary purpose of raising revenue for education to authorize video lottery operation licensees to operate “table games” as defined by law; to increase from 15,000 to 16,500 the maximum number of video lottery terminals that may be operated in the State; and to increase from 5 to 6 the maximum number of video lottery operation licenses that may be awarded in the State and allow a video lottery facility to operate in Prince George’s County? (For, Against)http://www.elections.state.md.us/elections/2012/ballot_question_language.html#state7http://www.elections.state.md.us/elections/2012/general_ballot_proofs/08.pdfOn ballotMajority of measure votesYBC-US--CasinoGamblingExpands commercial gambling.Question 7 - Expand Gambling22722GamblingExpands
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MDMARYLANDQuestion 6Popular Referendum/
Statutory
Civil Marriage Protection ActEstablishes that Maryland’s civil marriage laws allow gay and lesbian couples to obtain a civil marriage license, provided they are not otherwise prohibited from marrying; protects clergy from having to perform any particular marriage ceremony in violation of their religious beliefs; affirms that each religious faith has exclusive control over its own theological doctrine regarding who may marry within that faith; and provides that religious organizations and certain related entities are not required to provide goods, services, or benefits to an individual related to the celebration or promotion of marriage in violation of their religious beliefs. (For, Against)http://www.elections.state.md.us/elections/2012/ballot_question_language.html#state6http://www.elections.state.md.us/elections/2012/general_ballot_proofs/08.pdfOn ballotMajority of measure votesYBC-US--GayMarriageAllows same sex marriage.Question 6 - Allow Same Sex Marriage22715Gay marriage
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MDMARYLANDQuestion 4Popular Referendum/
Statutory
Public Institutions of Higher Education – Tuition RatesEstablishes that individuals, including undocumented immigrants, are eligible to pay in-state tuition rates at community colleges in Maryland, provided the student meets certain conditions relating to attendance and graduation from a Maryland high school, filing of income taxes, intent to apply for permanent residency, and registration with the selective service system (if required); makes such students eligible to pay in-state tuition rates at a four-year public college or university if the student has first completed 60 credit hours or graduated from a community college in Maryland; provides that students qualifying for in-state tuition rates by this method will not be counted as in-state students for purposes of counting undergraduate enrollment; and extends the time in which honorably discharged veterans may qualify for in-state tuition rates.(For, Against)http://www.elections.state.md.us/elections/2012/ballot_question_language.html#state3http://www.elections.state.md.us/elections/2012/general_ballot_proofs/08.pdfOn ballotMajority of measure votesYBC-MD--ImmigrationMaryland: Offers in-state tuition to illegal immigrants who meet certain conditions.Question 4 - Illegal Immigrant Tuition22728Illegal migrantsEducation
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MDMARYLANDQuestion 1Legislative Referendum/ Constitutional AmendmentQualifications for Prince George’s County Orphans’ Court JudgesRequires judges of the Orphans’ Court for Prince George’s County to be admitted to practice law in this State and to be a member in good standing of the Maryland Bar. (For, Against)
Not on ballot: The passage of this Constitutional Amendment will require a statewide majority vote and a majority vote in Prince George’s County. (For, Against)
http://www.elections.state.md.us/elections/2012/ballot_question_language.html#state1http://www.elections.state.md.us/elections/2012/general_ballot_proofs/08.pdfOn ballotMajority of measure votes statewide & in Price George's CntyNJudiciary and legalAppointments
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MDMARYLANDQuestion 2Legislative Referendum/ Constitutional AmendmentQualifications for Baltimore County Orphans’ Court JudgesRequires judges of the Orphans’ Court for Baltimore County to be admitted to practice law in this State and to be a member in good standing of the Maryland Bar.(For, Against)
Not on ballot: The passage of this Constitutional Amendment will require a statewide majority vote and a majority vote in Baltimore County.
http://www.elections.state.md.us/elections/2012/ballot_question_language.html#state2http://www.elections.state.md.us/elections/2012/general_ballot_proofs/08.pdfOn ballotMajority of measure votes statewide & in Baltimore CntyNJudiciary and legalAppointments
89
MDMARYLANDQuestion 3Legislative Referendum/ Constitutional AmendmentSuspension and Removal of Elected OfficialsChanges the point at which an elected official charged with certain crimes is automatically suspended or removed from office. Under existing law, an elected official who is convicted or pleads no contest is suspended and is removed only when the conviction becomes final. Under the amended law, an elected official is suspended when found guilty and is removed when the conviction becomes final or when the elected official pleads guilty or no contest. (For, Against)http://www.elections.state.md.us/elections/2012/ballot_question_language.html#state5http://www.elections.state.md.us/elections/2012/general_ballot_proofs/08.pdfOn ballotMajority of measure votesNState admindismissals
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MDMARYLANDQuestion 5Popular Referendum/
Statutory
Congressional Districting PlanEstablishes the boundaries for the State’s eight United States Congressional Districts based on recent census figures, as required by the United States Constitution. (For, Against)http://www.elections.state.md.us/elections/2012/ballot_question_language.html#state4http://www.elections.state.md.us/elections/2012/general_ballot_proofs/08.pdfOn ballotMajority of measure votesNState adminBoundaries
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MEMAINEQuestion 3Legislative Referendum/
Bond Act
An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Support Maine's Natural Resource-based Economy"Do you favor a $5,000,000 bond issue to purchase land and
conservation easements statewide from willing sellers for public land and water access, conservation, wildlife or fish habitat and outdoor recreation, including hunting and fishing and deer wintering areas, and to preserve working farmland and working waterfronts to be matched by at least $5,000,000 in private and public contributions?"(Yes, No)
http://www.maine.gov/sos/cec/elec/upcoming.htmlhttp://www.maine.gov/online/AbsenteeBallot/pdfs/samples/BALLOT_462111.PDFOn ballotMajority of measure votesNEnvironment
92
MEMAINEQuestion 1Citizen InitiativeAn Act To Allow Marriage Licenses for Same-sex Couples and Protect Religious FreedomDo you want to allow the State of Maine to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples? Summary: This initiated bill repeals the provision that limits marriage to one man and one woman and replaces it with the authorization for marriage between any 2 persons that meet the other requirements of Maine law. It also specifies that a marriage between 2 persons of the same sex in another state that is valid in that state is valid and must be recognized in this State. It also provides that a member of the clergy is not required to perform and a church, religious denomination or other religious institution is not required to host a marriage in violation of the religious beliefs of that member of the clergy, church, religious denomination or other religious institution and that any such refusal cannot be the basis for a lawsuit or liability and does not affect the tax-exempt status of the church, religious denomination or other religious institution. (Yes, No)http://www.maine.gov/sos/cec/elec/upcoming.htmlhttp://www.maine.gov/online/AbsenteeBallot/pdfs/samples/BALLOT_462111.PDFOn ballotMajority of measure votesYBC-US--GayMarriageAllows same sex marriage.Question 1 - Yes Same Sex Mrg21255Gay marriage
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MEMAINEQuestion 2Legislative Referendum/
Bond Act
An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue for Educational
Opportunities for Underserved Regions of the State
"Do you favor an $11,300,000 bond issue to provide funds for capital to build a diagnostic facility for the University of Maine System; for capital improvements and equipment, including machine tool technology, for the Maine Community College System; and for capital improvements and equipment at the Maine Maritime Academy?" (Yes, No)http://www.maine.gov/sos/cec/elec/upcoming.htmlhttp://www.maine.gov/online/AbsenteeBallot/pdfs/samples/BALLOT_462111.PDFOn ballotMajority of measure votesNState borrowingBonds11,300,000
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MEMAINEQuestion 4Legislative Referendum/
Bond Act
An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Invest in Transportation Infrastructure To Meet the Needs of the Business Sector and To Create Jobs"Do you favor a $51,500,000 bond issue for improvements to highways and bridges, local roads, airports and port facilities, as well as for funds for rail access, transit buses and the LifeFlight Foundation, which will make the State eligible for at least $105,600,000 in federal and other matching funds?" (Yes, No)http://www.maine.gov/sos/cec/elec/upcoming.htmlhttp://www.maine.gov/online/AbsenteeBallot/pdfs/samples/BALLOT_462111.PDFOn ballotMajority of measure votesNState borrowingBonds51,500,000
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MEMAINEQuestion 5Legislative Referendum/
Bond Act
An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue for Wastewater and Drinking Water Revolving Loan Funds"Do you favor a $7,925,000 bond issue to be expended over 2 years for revolving loan funds for drinking water systems and for wastewater treatment facilities, which will make the State eligible to secure $39,625,000 in federal grants?" (Yes, No)http://www.maine.gov/sos/cec/elec/upcoming.htmlhttp://www.maine.gov/online/AbsenteeBallot/pdfs/samples/BALLOT_462111.PDFOn ballotMajority of measure votesNState borrowingBonds7,925,000
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MIMICHIGANProposal 12-2Initiative Petition/
Constitutional Amendment
A proposal to amend the State Constitution regarding collective bargainingThis proposal would: • Grant public and private employees the constitutional right to organize and bargain collectively through labor unions. • Invalidate existing or future state or local laws that limit the ability to join unions and bargain collectively, and to negotiate and enforce collective bargaining agreements, including employees’ financial support of their labor unions. Laws may be enacted to prohibit public employees from striking. • Override state laws that regulate hours and conditions of employment to the extent that those laws conflict with collective bargaining agreements. • Define “employer” as a person or entity employing one or more employees. (Yes, No)http://www.michigan.gov/sos/0,4670,7-127-1633_48760---,00.htmlhttp://www.ci.farmington-hills.mi.us/services/cityclerk/ElectionAndVotingInformation/SampleBallots/SampleBallots121106.pdfOn ballotMajority of measure votesNCollective bargaining
97
MIMICHIGANProposal 12-4Initiative Petition/
Constitutional Amendment
A proposal to amend the State Constitution to establish the Michigan Quality Home Care Council and provide collective bargaining for in-home care workersThis proposal would: • Allow in-home care workers to bargain collectively with the Michigan Quality Home Care Council (MQHCC). Continue the current exclusive representative of in-home care workers until modified in accordance with labor laws. • Require MQHCC to provide training for in-home care workers, create a registry of workers who pass background checks, and provide financial services to patients to manage the cost of in-home care. • Preserve patients’ rights to hire in-home care workers who are not referred from the MQHCC registry who are bargaining unit members. • Authorize the MQHCC to set minimum compensation standards and terms and conditions of employment. (Yes, No)http://www.michigan.gov/sos/0,4670,7-127-1633_48760---,00.htmlhttp://www.ci.farmington-hills.mi.us/services/cityclerk/ElectionAndVotingInformation/SampleBallots/SampleBallots121106.pdfOn ballotMajority of measure votesNCollective bargaining
98
MIMICHIGANProposal 12-3Initiative Petition/
Constitutional Amendment
A proposal to amend the State Constitution to establish a standard for renewable energyThis proposal would: • Require electric utilities to provide at least 25% of their annual retail sales of electricity from renewable energy sources, which are wind, solar, biomass, and hydropower, by 2025. • Limit to not more than 1% per year electric utility rate increases charged to consumers only to achieve compliance with the renewable energy standard. • Allow annual extensions of the deadline to meet the 25% standard in order to prevent rate increases over the 1% limit. • Require the legislature to enact additional laws to encourage the use of Michigan made equipment and employment of Michigan residents. (Yes, No)http://www.michigan.gov/sos/0,4670,7-127-1633_48760---,00.htmlhttp://www.ci.farmington-hills.mi.us/services/cityclerk/ElectionAndVotingInformation/SampleBallots/SampleBallots121106.pdfOn ballotMajority of measure votesNEnvironmentRenewable energy
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MIMICHIGANProposal 12-1Popular ReferendumA REFERENDUM ON PUBLIC ACT 4 OF 2011 –
THE EMERGENCY MANAGER LAW
Public Act 4 of 2011 would: -Establish criteria to assess the financial condition of local government units, including school districts. -Authorize Governor to appoint an emergency manager (EM) upon state finding of a financial emergency, and allow the EM to act in place of local government officials. -Require EM to develop financial and operating plans, which may include modification or termination of contracts, reorganization of government, and determination of expenditures, services, and use of assets until the emergency is resolved. -Alternatively, authorize state-appointed review team to enter into a local government approved consent decree. Should this law be approved? (Yes, No)http://www.michigan.gov/sos/0,4670,7-127-1633_48760---,00.htmlhttp://www.ci.farmington-hills.mi.us/services/cityclerk/ElectionAndVotingInformation/SampleBallots/SampleBallots121106.pdfOn ballot, as of MI Sup Crt decision 8/3/12Majority of measure votesNState adminarea funding
100
MIMICHIGANProposal 12-5Initiative Petition/
Constitutional Amendment
A proposal to amend the state constitution to limit the enactment of new taxes by state governmentThis proposal would: Require a 2/3 majority vote of the State House and the State Senate, or a statewide vote of the people at a November election, in order for the State of Michigan to impose new or additional taxes on taxpayers or expand the base of taxation or increasing the rate of taxation. This section shall in no way be construed to limit or modify tax limitations otherwise created in this Constitution. Should this proposal be approved? (Yes, No)http://www.michigan.gov/sos/0,4670,7-127-1633_48760---,00.htmlhttp://www.ci.farmington-hills.mi.us/services/cityclerk/ElectionAndVotingInformation/SampleBallots/SampleBallots121106.pdfOn ballotMajority of measure votesNTaxesLimit state power to raise new ones
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2012 Ballot Measures
BREAKDOWN OF MEASURES
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