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From the ECS State Policy Database
State Policymaking--Ballot Questions


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State Status/Date Level Summary
CASigned into law 06/2012Community CollegeCommunity College Funding Boost If Tax Increase Approved
S.B. 1016 - Community College Funding Boost If Tax Increase Approved
From section 69 of bill summary: Requires that, if the Schools and Local Public Safety Protection Act of 2012 is approved by the voters at the November 6, 2012, statewide general election, and all of the provisions of that act that modify personal income tax r...

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CORejected by voters 09/2008P-12Funding for Pre-K to 12 Education
Amendment 59
Proposes an amendment to the Constitution concerning the manner in which the state funds public education from preschool to 12th grade; requires that any revenue that the state would otherwise be required to refund pursuant to the constitutional limit on state...

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CORejected by voters 08/2008Postsec.
Community College
Funds for College Scholarships and Other Purposes
Amendment 58
Eliminates a credit against the severance tax on oil and gas for property taxes paid by oil and gas producers and interest owners; reduces the level of production that qualifies wells for an exemption from the tax; requires the tax revenues to be credited to t...

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COApproved by voters 08/2008Community College
Postsec.
Gaming Funds for Community Colleges
Amendment 50
Proposes an amendment to the Constitution concerning limited gaming; allows voters in Central City, Black Hawk, and Cripple Creek to vote on extending casino hours of operation, approved games and maximum single bets; provides for distributions from the Limite...

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AROn 11/04/2008 Ballot. 04/2008Postsec.
Community College
Lottery Funds for College Scholarships
Amendment 3
Proposes an amendment to the State Constitution; authorizes the General Assembly to establish, operate, and regulate State lotteries to fund scholarships and grants for state citizens enrolled in certified two- year and four-year colleges and universities.
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NMOn November 2008 Ballot 12/2007P-12Increase Size of Certain School Boards
S.J.R. 6
Proposes an amendment to the Constitution to increase the size of school boards in school districts with a specified population; provides for conduct of election by mail-in ballot or as otherwise provided by law; provides each school districts shall be divided...

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NJRejected by voters 09/2007P-12Property Tax Relief
V. 5 Public Question 1
Property tax. Dedicated annual revenue of an amount equal to a tax rate of 1% under the state sales tax for property tax reform
FAILED 47-53
http://www.nj.gov/oag/elections/2007results/public-question-1-tax-reform-2007.pdf...

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NVPassed Legislature, On November 2010 Ballot 05/2007Postsec.
Community College
Organization, Duties and Appointment of the Board of Regents
S.J.R. 4
Proposes to amend the state constitution to require the legislature to provide for the organization and duties of the board of regents and the appointment of its members by the governor.
http://www.leg.state.nv.us/74th/Bills/SJR/SJR4_EN.pdf...

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CORejected by voters 11/2006P-12District Budget Requirements (65%) as Statute
Referendum J
(REFERENDUM J; HB 06-1283) Creates the State Public School Expenditures Accountability Act. If approved, would amend state statutes to require districts to spend at least 65% of their operational expenditures on classroom instruction beginning in the 2007-08 s...

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IDRejected by voters 11/2006P-12Sales Tax and Local Public Schools Investment Fund
Proposition 1
Relates to K-12 public school funding. Adds 1% sales tax rate, revenue stream for this component of K-12 local public school funding; creates the Local Public Schools Investment Fund which must be used for supporting students in the classroom and improving lo...

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IDApproved by voters 11/2006P-12Property Tax Ballot Initiative
Advisory Vote
Submits an advisory vote to the electors regarding whether the state keep the property tax relief adopted in August 2006, reducing property taxes by approximately $260 million, and protecting funding for public schools by keeping the sales tax at 6%. http://ww...

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ALApproved by voters 11/2006P-12Minimum 10 Mills Property Tax
Statewide Amendment Number Two
Proposes an amendment to the state constitution to require at least 10 mills of property tax are levied for every school district in the state.
http://www.sos.state.al.us/downloads/dl3.cfm?trgturl=election/2006/general/statecert-constitutionalamendments-2006-0...

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ALApproved by voters 11/2006P-12Election of Macon County Board of Education
Statewide Amendment Number Three
Proposes an amendment to the state constitution to provide for the election of the Macon County Board of Education from four single-member districts and the county at large, and to provide for staggered six-year terms of office.
http://www.sos.state.al.us/down...

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NVApproved by voters 11/2006P-12Education First Initiative Petition
Ballot Question # 1
Proposes an amendment to the state constitution to require the legislature to fund the operation of the public schools for K-12th grades before any other part of the state budget for the next biennium.
http://www.sos.state.nv.us/nvelection/2004_bq/bq1.htm...

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LAApproved by voters 09/2006P-12Central Community School System
Amendment 8
Proposes a Constitutional amendment to grant to the Central Community School System in East Baton Rouge Parish the same authority granted parishes, including funds for the minimum foundation fund, school books, instructional materials and the raising of local ...

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LAApproved by voters 09/2006P-12Prohibiting Legislative Mandates on Local Boards
Amendment 9
Proposes a constitutional amendment to provide that no law, unless enacted by two-thirds of the elected members of each house of the legislature, requiring increased expenditures for any purpose shall be applicable to a city, parish, or other local public scho...

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LAApproved by voters 09/2006Postsec.Postsecondary Investment in Stocks
Amendment 10
Proposes an amendment to the constitution to authorize the investment in stocks of up to 35% of the state-funded permanently endowed funds of a public or private college or university. http://www.sos.louisiana.gov:8090/cgibin/?rqstyp=elcms4&rqsdta=093006...

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MIRejected by voters 08/2006P-12
Postsec.
Community College
Educational Funding Guarantee
V. 6 (Prop. 5)
Would require the state to provide annual funding increases equal to the rate of inflation for public schools, intermediate school districts, community colleges and higher education. Would require state to fund any deficiencies in the school aid fund from the ...

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AZOn 11/07/2006 Ballot. 07/2006P-12Early Childhood Funding Ballot Initiative
V. 18; (NEW BILL)
(PROPOSITION I-16-2006) Increases funding for early childhood development and health programs; provides that local councils would distribute the majority of the funding, with oversight by a statewide board; dedicates funding from an increase on the sales price...

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AZApproved by voters 07/2006P-12Early Childhood Development and Health Initiative
V. 18 (Prop. 203)
(PROPOSITION 203 I-16-2006) Increases funding for early childhood development and health programs. Purpose is to improve quality and increase access to early childhood development activities. Also will increase access to preventative health care programs and ...

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MIApproved by voters 07/2006P-12
Postsec.
Community College
Bans Affirmative Action By State
V. 3 (Prop. 2)
Amends the state Constitution through a ballot proposal to prohibit the University of Michigan and other state universities, the state, and all other state entities from discriminating against or granting preferential treatment based on race, sex, color, ethni...

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AZOn 11/07/2006 Ballot. 06/2006Community College
Postsec.
Community College Funding Ballot Initiative
V. 2 (Prop. 2056)
(PROPOSITION HCR 2056-2006) Amends the State Constitution; relates to local property tax levies and community college districts; provides a limitation on annual increases in local ad valorem tax levies; relates to the 2006 Taxpayer Protection Act; provides tha...

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AZApproved by voters 06/2006Postsec.Prohibition of In-state Tuition for Undocumented Immigrants
V. 7 (Prop. 300)
(PROPOSITION SCR 1031-2006) Submits to the people of the State a measure relating to family literacy public program eligibility; prohibits eligibility to persons not legally in the United States or not citizens; requires reporting of the number of students cla...

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CORejected by voters 06/2006P-1265% of School Budgets for Instruction
Amendment 39 (H.B. 1283)
Proposes a constitutional amendment to require that in each state fiscal year a school district spend at least 65% of its operational expenditures on classroom instruction.

Creates the State Public School Expenditures Accountability Act; requires school distr...

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CARejected by Voters. 06/2006P-12Voluntary Public Preschool Program
V. 3 (Prop. 82)
Proposes an amendment to the California Constitution to establish a right to voluntary public preschool for all four-year old children, administered by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction and county school superintendents, funded by a tax on individ...

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NVDied 03/2006P-12Truth in Science Initiative
Initiative Petition
The Truth in Science Initiative (Initiative) proposes to add a new section to the Constitution regarding
how evolution is to be taught in the state's schools. Under the Initiative, students must be informed that
although most scientists agree that Darwin's the...

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UTApproved by voters 11/2004Postsec.Intellectual Property
Constitutional Amendment 2
Authorizes the state or a public institution of higher education to acquire an ownership interest in a private business in exchange for rights to intellectual property developed by the state or public institution of higher education. http://vote-smart.org/elec...

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CAVetoed--in Senate to unfinished business 10/2004P-12Grant Joint Union High School District
S.B. 1271
The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for costs mandated by the state and incurred by a local agency or school district to implement a new program or higher level of service. Existing law creates certai...

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MEOn November 2004 Ballot 09/2004P-12Limits on Real and Property Taxes
Ballot Initiative
TITLE: An Act to Impose Limits on Real and Personal Property Taxes
QUESTION: "Do you want to limit property taxes to 1% of the assessed value of the property?" ...

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AZAdopted, on November 2004 Ballot 06/2004P-12State Board of Education Membership
SCR 1022; Ballot Measure 105
Proposed amendment to the Arizona Constitution; Changes the composition of the state board of education by removing a member of the State Junior College Board and adding a president or chancellor of a community college district, an owner or administrator of a ...

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SDAdopted, On November 2004 Ballot 02/2004P-12Provision of Certain Services to All Children
HJR 1003/Constitutional Amendment B
Proposing and submitting to the electors at the next general election amendments to Article VIII of the Constitution of the State of South Dakota to authorize the provision of certain services to all children of school age. The Constitution allows the Legislat...

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ARSigned into law 02/2004P-12Ad Valorem Property Tax
H.B. 1162
Increases the uniform rate of ad valorem property tax by three mills subject to the approval of the voters in this state to be used solely for maintenance and operation of public schools. http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/ftproot/bills/2003s2/public/HB1162.pdf...

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NCSigned into law 08/2003P-12State Fund for Certain Moneys
S.B. 965
An Act to amend the North Carolina Constitution to provide that the General Assembly may place clear proceeds of civil penalties, civil forfeitures, and civil fines collected by a state agency in a state fund to be used exclusively for maintaining free public ...

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