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2008 Ballot Measures

 
 

Abortion and Reproductive

Election Date State Title Outcome
Nov. 4, 2008 Colorado Amendment 48: An amendment to the Colorado constitution defining the term "person" to include any human being from the moment of fertilization as "person" is used in those provisions of the Colorado constitution relating to inalienable rights, equality of justice, and due process of law. Failed
Nov. 4, 2008 South Carolina Constitutional Amendment 1: Age of Consent Passed
 
 

Animals and Wildlife

Election Date State Title Outcome
Aug. 26, 2008 Alaska Ballot Measure 2: An Act prohibiting the shooting of wolves and grizzly bears with the use of aircraft Failed
Aug. 26, 2008 Alaska Ballot Measure 4: An Act to protect Alaska's clean water Failed
Nov. 4, 2008 California Proposition 2: Treatment of Farm Animals Passed
Nov. 4, 2008 Colorado Amendment 58: Severance Taxes on the Oil and Natural Gas Industry Failed
Nov. 4, 2008 Louisiana Amendment 4: Increase in Severance Tax on Natural Resources to Certain Parishes Failed
Nov. 4, 2008 Massachusetts Question 3: Act to Protect Greyhounds Passed
Nov. 4, 2008 Minnesota HF 2285: Dedicated Funding for Natural Resources and Arts Passed
Nov. 4, 2008 Oklahoma State Question 742: Right to Hunt, Trap, Fish and Take Game and Fish Passed
 
 

Arts, Entertainment, and History

Election Date State Title Outcome
Nov. 4, 2008 Minnesota HF 2285: Dedicated Funding for Natural Resources and Arts Passed
May 13, 2008 Nebraska Proposed Amendment 1: Allow Investment of Public Endowment Funds by Cities Passed
Nov. 4, 2008 Oklahoma State Question 742: Right to Hunt, Trap, Fish and Take Game and Fish Passed
 
 

Civil Liberties and Civil Rights

Election Date State Title Outcome
Nov. 4, 2008 Arkansas Amendment 1: An Amendment Concerning Voting, Qualifications of Voters and Election Officers, and the Time of Holding General Elections Passed
Nov. 4, 2008 Colorado Amendment 46: Discrimination and Preferential Treatment by the State Pending
Nov. 4, 2008 Connecticut HJ 21: Voting Age Passed
Nov. 4, 2008 Iowa Constitutional Amendment Question: Qualifications of Electors Passed
Nov. 4, 2008 Nevada Question 1: Amend Nevada Constitution (Voter Eligibility) Failed
May 20, 2008 Oregon Measure 52: Amends Constitution: Enables Crime Victims to Enforce Existing Constitutional Rights in Prosections, Delinquency Proceedings Passed
Nov. 4, 2008 Oregon Measure 54: Amends Constitution: Standardizes Voting Eligibility For School Board Elections With Other State And Local Elections Passed
Nov. 4, 2008 Washington Initiative 1000: Initiative Measure No. 1000 concerns allowing certain terminally ill competent adults to obtain lethal prescriptions. Passed
 
 

Crime

Election Date State Title Outcome
June 3, 2008 California Proposition 99: Eminent Domain. Acquisition of Owner-Occupied Residence. Constitutional Amendment. Passed
Nov. 4, 2008 California Proposition 9: Criminal Justice System. Victims' Rights. Parole. Constitutional Amendment and Statute. Passed
Nov. 4, 2008 California Proposition 6: Criminal Penalties and Laws. Public Safety Funding. Statute. Failed
Nov. 4, 2008 California Proposition 5: Nonviolent Offenders. Sentencing, Parole and Rehabilitation. Statute. Failed
Nov. 4, 2008 Colorado Amendment 53: Criminal Accountability of Business Executives Pending
May 20, 2008 Oregon Measure 53: Amends Constitution: Modifies Provisions Governing Civil Forfeitures Related To Crimes; Permits Use Of Proceeds By Law Enforcement Passed
May 20, 2008 Oregon Measure 52: Amends Constitution: Enables Crime Victims to Enforce Existing Constitutional Rights in Prosections, Delinquency Proceedings Passed
Nov. 4, 2008 Oregon Measure 61: Creates Mandatory Minimum Prison Sentences for Certain Theft, Identity Theft, Forgery, Drug, and Burglary Crimes Passed
Nov. 4, 2008 Oregon Measure 57: Increases Sentences for Drug Trafficking, Theft Against Elderly and Specified Repeat Property and Identity Theft Crimes; Requires Addiction Treatment for Certain Offenders Passed
Nov. 4, 2008 South Carolina Constitutional Amendment 1: Age of Consent Passed
 
 

Drugs

Election Date State Title Outcome
Nov. 4, 2008 California Proposition 5: Nonviolent Offenders. Sentencing, Parole and Rehabilitation. Statute. Failed
Nov. 4, 2008 Colorado Referendum N: Elimination of Obsolete Constitutional Provisions Regarding Intoxicating Liquor Passed
Nov. 4, 2008 North Dakota Statutory Measure 3: Tobacco Use Prevention and Control Program Passed
Nov. 4, 2008 Oregon Measure 61: Creates Mandatory Minimum Prison Sentences for Certain Theft, Identity Theft, Forgery, Drug, and Burglary Crimes Passed
Nov. 4, 2008 Oregon Measure 57: Increases Sentences for Drug Trafficking, Theft Against Elderly and Specified Repeat Property and Identity Theft Crimes; Requires Addiction Treatment for Certain Offenders Passed
 
 

Gambling and Gaming

Election Date State Title Outcome
Aug. 26, 2008 Alaska Ballot Measure 1: An Act relating to establishing the Alaska Gaming Commission Failed
Nov. 4, 2008 Arkansas Amendment 3: A Constitutional Amendment Authorizing the General Assembly to Establish, Operate and Regulate State Lotteries to Fund Scholarships and Grants for Arkansas Citizens Enrolled in Certified Two-Year and Four-Year Colleges and Universities in Arkansas Passed
Feb. 5, 2008 California Proposition 97: Referendum Petition to Overturn Amendment to Indian Gaming Compact. Passed
Nov. 4, 2008 Colorado Amendment 50: Limited Gaming in Central City, Black Hawk and Cripple Creek Passed
Nov. 4, 2008 Massachusetts Question 3: Act to Protect Greyhounds Passed
Nov. 4, 2008 Maryland HB 4: Video Lottery Passed
Nov. 4, 2008 Maine Question 1: An Act to Allow a Casino in Oxford County Failed
Nov. 4, 2008 Missouri Proposition A: Casinos and Gambling Passed
Nov. 4, 2008 Ohio Issue 6: To Amend the Constitution by Initiative Petition for a Casino Near Wilmington in Southwest Ohio and Distribute to all Ohio a Tax on the Casino Failed
Nov. 4, 2008 Oregon Measure 62: Amends Constitution: Allocates 15% of Lottery Proceeds to Public Safety Fund for Crime Prevention, Investigation, Prosecution Failed
 
 

Guns

Election Date State Title Outcome
Aug. 26, 2008 Alaska Ballot Measure 2: An Act prohibiting the shooting of wolves and grizzly bears with the use of aircraft Failed
 
 

Immigration

Election Date State Title Outcome
Nov. 4, 2008 Arizona Proposition 202: Prohibiting Employers from Intentionally or Knowingly Employing an Unauthorized Alien Failed
Nov. 4, 2008 Florida Constitutional Amendment 1: Relating to Property Rights/Ineligible Aliens Failed
Nov. 4, 2008 Oregon Measure 58: Prohibits Teaching Public School Student In Language Other Than English for More Than Two Years Failed
 
 

Marriage, Family, and Children

Election Date State Title Outcome
Nov. 4, 2008 Arkansas Proposed Initiative Act 1: An Act Providing that an Individual who is Cohabiting Outside of a Valid Marriage May Not Adopt or be a Foster Parent of a Child Less than Eighteen Years Old Passed
Nov. 4, 2008 California Proposition 8: Eliminates Right of Same-Sex Couples to Marry. Initiative Constitutional Amendment. Passed
Nov. 4, 2008 Florida Constitutional Amendment 2: Florida Marriage Protection Amendment Passed
 
 

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

Election Date State Title Outcome
Nov. 4, 2008 Arkansas Proposed Initiative Act 1: An Act Providing that an Individual who is Cohabiting Outside of a Valid Marriage May Not Adopt or be a Foster Parent of a Child Less than Eighteen Years Old Passed
Nov. 4, 2008 Arizona Proposition 102: Marriage Passed
Nov. 4, 2008 California Proposition 8: Eliminates Right of Same-Sex Couples to Marry. Initiative Constitutional Amendment. Passed
Nov. 4, 2008 Colorado Amendment 46: Discrimination and Preferential Treatment by the State Pending
Nov. 4, 2008 Florida Constitutional Amendment 2: Florida Marriage Protection Amendment Passed
 
 

Stem Cell Research

Election Date State Title Outcome
Nov. 4, 2008 Michigan Question 2: A Proposal to Amend the State Constitution to Permit Human Embryo and Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research in Michigan Passed
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