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Health and Health Care

 
 

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. 2, 2010 Colorado Amendment 62: Application of the Term Person Failed
Nov. 4, 2014 Colorado Amendment 67: An Amendment to the Colorado Constitution Protecting Pregnant Women and Unborn Children by Defining "Person" and "Child" in the Colorado Criminal Code and the Colorado Wrongful Death Act to Include Unborn Human Beings Failed
Nov. 4, 2014 Illinois Public Act 098-0696: Woman's Health Referendum Act Passed
Nov. 8, 2011 Mississippi Initiative #26: Definition of "Person" Failed
Nov. 4, 2014 North Dakota SCR 4009: Constitutional Measure No. 1 Failed
Nov. 4, 2008 South Carolina Constitutional Amendment 1: Age of Consent Passed
Nov. 4, 2014 Tennessee Constitutional Amendment No. 1: Legislative Powers Regarding Abortion Passed
 
 

Drugs

Election Date State Title Outcome
Nov. 4, 2008 California Proposition 5: Nonviolent Offenders. Sentencing, Parole and Rehabilitation. Statute. Failed
Nov. 4, 2014 California Proposition 46: Drug and Alcohol Testing of Doctors. Medical Negligence Lawsuits. Initiative Statute. Failed
Nov. 4, 2014 California Proposition 47: Criminal Sentences. Misdemeanor Penalties. Initiative Status. Passed
Nov. 8, 2016 California Proposition 61: The California Drug Price Relief Act Failed
Nov. 4, 2008 Colorado Referendum N: Elimination of Obsolete Constitutional Provisions Regarding Intoxicating Liquor Passed
Nov. 6, 2012 Missouri Proposition B: Relating to Cigarette Taxes Failed
Nov. 4, 2008 North Dakota Statutory Measure 3: Tobacco Use Prevention and Control Program Passed
Nov. 3, 2015 Ohio Issue 2: Anti-Monopoly Amendment; Protects the Initiative Process from being Used for Personal Economic Benefit Passed
Nov. 7, 2017 Ohio Issue 2: Ohio Drug Price Relief Act Pending
Nov. 1, 2007 Oregon Measure 50: Amends Constitution: Dedicates Funds to Provide Health Care for Children, Fund Tobacco Prevention, through Increased Tobacco Tax Failed
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
 
 

Environment

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
Aug. 28, 2012 Alaska Ballot Measure 2: An Act Establishing the Alaska Coastal Management Program Failed
Nov. 6, 2012 Alabama Statewide Amendment 1: Proposed Statewide Amendment Number 1 Passed
Nov. 8, 2016 Alabama SB260: Statewide Amendment 2 Passed
Nov. 4, 2008 Arkansas Question 1: Arkansas Water, Waste Disposal, and Pollution Abatement Facilities Financing Act of 2007 Passed
Nov. 2, 2010 Arkansas Proposed Constitutional Amendment 1: Amending The Arkansas Constitution To Create a Constitutional Right To Hunt, Fish, Trap, And Harvest Wildlife. Passed
Nov. 2, 2010 Arizona Proposition 301: Referred to the People by the Legislature Relating to the Land Conservation Fund Failed
Nov. 2, 2010 California Proposition 21: Establishes $18 Annual Vehicle License Surcharge to Help Fund State Parks and Wildlife Programs. Grants Surcharged Vehicles Free Admission to All State Parks. Initiative Statute. Failed
Nov. 2, 2010 California Proposition 23: Suspends Implementation of Air Pollution Control Law (AB 32) Requiring Major Sources of Emissions to Report and Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions that Cause Global Warming, Until Unemployment Drops to 5.5 Percent or Less for Full Year. Initiative Statute. Failed
Nov. 4, 2014 California Proposition 1: Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014 Passed
Nov. 4, 2014 California Proposition 48: Indian Gaming Compacts. Referendum. Failed
Nov. 8, 2016 California Proposition 65: Environmental Fee Protection Act Failed
Nov. 4, 2008 Colorado Amendment 58: Severance Taxes on the Oil and Natural Gas Industry Failed
Nov. 4, 2008 Florida Constitutional Amendment 6: Assessment of Working Waterfront Property Based Upon Current Use Passed
Nov. 4, 2008 Florida Constitutional Amendment 4: Property Tax Exemption of Perpetually Conserved Land; Classification and Assessment of Land Used for Conservation Passed
Nov. 2, 2010 Florida Constitutional Amendment 4: Referenda Required for Adoption and Amendment of Local Government Comprehensive Land Use Plans Failed
Nov. 4, 2014 Florida Amendment 1: Water and Land Conservation - Dedicates Funds to Acquire and Restore Florida Conservation and Recreation Lands Passed
Nov. 4, 2008 Georgia Amendment 1: To encourage the preservation of Georgia's forests through a conservation use property tax reduction program. Passed
Nov. 2, 2010 Georgia Constitutional Amendment 4: Allows the State to Execute Multiyear Contracts for Projects to Improve Energy Efficiency and Conservation Passed
Nov. 2, 2010 Iowa Measure 1: Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund Passed
Nov. 6, 2012 Idaho House Joint Resolution 2: Proposing a New Section to the Constitution of the State of Idaho 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 Passed
Nov. 4, 2008 Louisiana Amendment 4: Increase in Severance Tax on Natural Resources to Certain Parishes Failed
Nov. 2, 2010 Louisiana Proposed Amendment No. 2: Act 541 - Natural Resource Severance Tax Passed
Nov. 4, 2014 Louisiana Act No. 434: Proposed Amendment No. 8 Passed
Nov. 4, 2014 Massachusetts Question 2: Expanding the Beverage Container Deposit Law Failed
Nov. 1, 2007 Maine Question 4 - Bond Issue: Land Conservation Bonds Passed
Nov. 2, 2010 Maine Question 3: Bond Issue - Land Conservation, Working Waterfront Preservation and State Park Preservation Passed
Nov. 6, 2012 Maine Question 5: Bond Issue - Drinking Water Systems and Wastewater Treatment Facilities Passed
Nov. 6, 2012 Maine Question 3: Bond Issue - Land and Conservation Easements Passed
Nov. 4, 2014 Maine Public Law 589: Question 6: Bond Issue Passed
Nov. 4, 2008 Minnesota HF 2285: Dedicated Funding for Natural Resources and Arts Passed
Nov. 4, 2008 Missouri Constitutional Amendment 2: Grants and Loans for Storm Water Control Passed
Nov. 8, 2016 Missouri SJR 1: Constitutional Amendment 1 Passed
Nov. 4, 2014 North Dakota : Initiated Constitutional Measure No. 5 Failed
May 13, 2008 Nebraska Proposed Amendment 1: Allow Investment of Public Endowment Funds by Cities Passed
Nov. 6, 2012 Nebraska Proposed Amendment 2: Constitutional Amendment to Establish the Right to Hunt, to Fish, and to Harvest Wildlife and That Public Hunting, Fishing, and Harvesting of Wildlife is a Preferred Means of Managing and Controlling Wildlife Passed
Nov. 1, 2007 New Jersey Public Question 3: Green Acres, Farmland, Blue Acres, and Historic Preservation Bond Act of 2007 Passed
Nov. 3, 2009 New Jersey Public Question: Green Acres, Water Supply and Floodplain Protection, and Farmland and Historic Preservation Bond Act of 2009 Passed
Nov. 4, 2014 New Jersey Public Question No. 2: Constitutional Amendment Dedicating State Funds for Open Space, Farmland, and Historic Preservation, and Changing Existing Dedication for Water Programs, Underground Storage Tanks, and Hazardous Site Cleanups Passed
Nov. 7, 2017 New Jersey SCR39: Constitutional Amendment Dedicating Moneys From State Environmental Contamination Cases Pending
Nov. 3, 2009 New York Proposal 1 - Constitutional Amendment: Using Certain Forest Preserve Lands to Construct a Power Line Passed
Nov. 4, 2008 Ohio Issue 3: To Amend the Constitution to Protect Private Property Rights in Ground Water, Lakes and Other Watercourses Passed
Nov. 4, 2008 Ohio Issue 2: To Authorize the State to Issue Bonds to Continue the Clean Ohio Program for Environmental Revitalization and Conservation Passed
Nov. 2, 2010 Oregon Measure 76: Amends Constitution: Continues Lottery Funding for Parks, Beaches, Wildlife Habitat, Watershed Protection Beyond 2014; Modifies Funding Process Passed
Nov. 6, 2012 Oregon Measure 81: Prohibits Commercial Non-tribal Fishing with Gillnets in Oregon "Inland Waters," Allows use of Seine Nets Failed
Nov. 4, 2008 Pennsylvania Bond Question: Water and Sewer Improvements Bond Referendum Passed
Nov. 4, 2008 Rhode Island Question 2: Open Space and Recreational Development Bonds Passed
Nov. 6, 2012 Rhode Island Question 5: Clean Water Finance Agency Bonds Passed
Nov. 6, 2012 Rhode Island Question 6: Environmental Management Bonds $20,000,000 Passed
Nov. 4, 2014 Rhode Island Question 7: Clean Water, Open Space, and Healthy Communities Bonds Passed
Nov. 2, 2010 South Carolina Amendment 1: Right to Hunt and Fish Passed
Nov. 1, 2007 Texas Proposition 16: Sewer and Water Supply Bonds Passed
Nov. 8, 2011 Texas Proposition Number 7 (SJR 28): Permit Conservation and Reclamation Districts in El Paso County to Issue Bonds Failed
Nov. 8, 2011 Texas Proposition Number 8 (SJR 16): Providing for the Appraisal of Open-Space Land Devoted to Water-Stewardship Purposes on the Basis of its Productive Capacity Failed
Nov. 8, 2016 Washington Initiative Measure 732: An Act Relating to Taxation Failed
 
 

Food Processing and Sales

Election Date State Title Outcome
Nov. 4, 2014 Arkansas Issue No. 4: A Proposed Amendment to the Arkansas Constitution to Provide That, Effective July 1, 2015, the Manufacture, Sale, Distribution and Transportation of Intoxicating Liquors is Lawful Within the Entire Geographic Area of Each and Every County of this State; That "intoxicating Liquors" is Defined for Pur Failed
Nov. 6, 2012 California Proposition 37: Genetically Engineered Foods. Labeling. Initiative Statute. Failed
Nov. 4, 2014 Colorado Proposition 105: A Change to the Colorado Revised Statutes Concerning Labeling of Genetically Modified Food; and, in Connection Therewith, Requiring Food that Has Been Genetically Modified or Treated with Genetically Modified Material to be Labeled, "Produced With Genetic Engineering" Starting on July 1, 2016; Exemp Failed
Nov. 2, 2010 Massachusetts Question 1: Sales Tax on Alcoholic Beverages Passed
Nov. 4, 2014 Massachusetts Question 2: Expanding the Beverage Container Deposit Law Failed
Nov. 4, 2008 Maine Question 1: People's Veto - Beverage Tax Passed
Nov. 4, 2008 Oklahoma State Question 743: Wine Sales Passed
Nov. 8, 2016 Oklahoma Legislative Referendum Number 370: State Question 792 Passed
Nov. 4, 2014 Oregon Ballot Measure Number 92: Requires Food Manufacturers, Retailers to Label "Genetically Engineered" Foods as Such; State, Citizens May Enforce Failed
Nov. 2, 2010 Washington Initiative Measure 1105: Concerning Liquor (Beer, Wine and Spirits) Failed
Nov. 2, 2010 Washington Initiative Measure 1100: Concerning Liquor (Beer, Wine and Spirits) Failed
Nov. 2, 2010 Washington Initiative Measure 1107: Concerns Reversing Certain 2010 Amendments to State Tax Laws Passed
Nov. 8, 2011 Washington Initiative Measure 1183: Concerning Liquor: Beer, Wine, and Spirits (Hard Liquor) Passed
Nov. 5, 2013 Washington Washington Initiative 522: Mandatory Labeling of Genetically Engineered Food Measure Failed
 
 

Health and Health Care

Election Date State Title Outcome
June 1, 2007 Alabama Amendment 2: Funds for Health Care Costs Passed
Sept. 18, 2012 Alabama Act No. 2012-490: To Propose an Amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, to Provide a New Procedure for Distributions Made from the Alabama Trust Fund Beginning with the 2012-2013 Fiscal Year; to Provide Further for Distributions Made from the County and Municipal Government Capital Improvement Trust Fund... Passed
Nov. 6, 2012 Alabama Statewide Amendment 6: Proposed Statewide Amendment Number 6 Passed
Nov. 6, 2012 Arkansas Issue No. 5: The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Act Failed
Nov. 4, 2008 Arizona Proposition 101: Freedom of Choice in Health Care Pending
May 18, 2010 Arizona Proposition 100: Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Arizona; Amending Article IX, Constitution of Arizona, by Adding Section 12.1; Relating to Temporary Transaction Privilege and Use Taxes. Passed
Nov. 2, 2010 Arizona Proposition 203: Proposed by Initiative Petition Relating to the Medical Use of Marijuana Passed
Nov. 4, 2014 Arizona Proposition 303: A Concurrent Resolution Enacting and Ordering the Submission to the People of A Measure Relating to the Use of Investigational Drugs, Biological Products and Devices Passed
Nov. 4, 2008 California Proposition 3: Children's Hospital Bond Act. Grant Program. Statute. Passed
May 19, 2009 California Proposition 1E: Mental Health Services Funding. Temporary Reallocation. Helps Balance State Budget. Failed
May 19, 2009 California Proposition 1D: Protects Children's Services Funding. Helps Balance State Budget. Failed
June 5, 2012 California Proposition 29: HOPE 2010 : The California Cancer Research Act Failed
Nov. 4, 2014 California Proposition 46: Drug and Alcohol Testing of Doctors. Medical Negligence Lawsuits. Initiative Statute. Failed
Nov. 8, 2016 California Proposition 56: The California Healthcare, Research and Prevention Tobacco Tax Act of 2016 Passed
Nov. 8, 2016 California Proposition 61: The California Drug Price Relief Act Failed
Nov. 4, 2008 Colorado Amendment 56: Employer Responsibility for Health Insurance Pending
Nov. 4, 2008 Colorado Amendment 51: State Sales Tax Increase for Services for People with Developmental Disabilities Failed
Nov. 2, 2010 Colorado Amendment 63: Health Care Choice Failed
Nov. 8, 2016 Colorado Proposed Initiative 106: Medical Aid in Dying Passed
Nov. 2, 2010 Georgia Constitutional Amendment 2: Adds $10 Tag Fee on Private Passenger Vehicles to Fund Statewide Trauma Care Expansion Failed
Nov. 4, 2014 Georgia HR 1183: Constitutional Amendment 2 Passed
Nov. 2, 2010 Idaho H.J.R. 4: Hospital Debt Passed
Nov. 4, 2008 Louisiana Amendment 6: Remove Restrictions on Disposition of Blighted Property Passed
Nov. 2, 2010 Louisiana Proposed Amendment No. 8: Act No. 1052 - Sale of Expropriated Property Passed
Oct. 22, 2011 Louisiana Act 423: Louisiana TOPS Scholarship Program Amendment Passed
Nov. 6, 2012 Massachusetts Question 2: Prescribing Medication to End Life Failed
Nov. 6, 2012 Massachusetts Question 3: Medical Use of Marijuana Passed
June 8, 2010 Maine Question 5: Bond Issue - Water Passed
Nov. 2, 2010 Maine Question 2: Bond Issue - Dental Care Access Passed
Nov. 7, 2017 Maine measure: An Act To Enhance Access to Affordable Health Care Pending
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
Nov. 6, 2012 Montana Legislative Referendum No.120: Parental Notice of Abortion Act of 2011 Passed
Nov. 6, 2012 Montana Initiative Referendum No. 124: Montana Marijuana Act Passed
Nov. 4, 2008 North Dakota Statutory Measure 3: Tobacco Use Prevention and Control Program Passed
Nov. 4, 2014 North Dakota : Initiated Statutory Measure 7 Failed
Nov. 4, 2008 New Mexico Bond Question 3: Health Facility Improvement Bonds Passed
Nov. 8, 2016 Nevada Question 4: Medical Patient Tax Relief Act Passed
Nov. 7, 2017 Ohio Issue 2: Ohio Drug Price Relief Act Pending
Nov. 2, 2010 Oklahoma State Question No. 756: Health Care System Passed
Nov. 6, 2012 Oklahoma State Question No. 765: It Abolishes the Oklahoma Department of Human Services, the Oklahoma Commission of Human Services and the Position of Director of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services Passed
Nov. 8, 2016 Oklahoma Initiative Petition 405: State Question 781 Passed
Nov. 2, 2010 Oregon Measure 74: Establishes Medical Marijuana Supply System and Assistance and Research Programs; Allows Limited Selling of Marijuana Failed
Nov. 4, 2008 South Dakota Initiated Measure 11: Reinstate Prohibition Against Abortion Failed
Nov. 2, 2010 South Dakota Referred Law 12: An Act to Prohibit Smoking Tobacco or Carrying Lighted Tobacco Products in Certain Places and to Require Certain Persons to Inform Violators of the Prohibition Passed
Nov. 2, 2010 South Dakota Initiated Measure 13: An Initiated Measure to Authorize the Possession, Use and Cultivation of Marijuana by and for Persons with Specified Debilitating Medical Conditions Registered with the Department of Health Failed
Nov. 1, 2007 Texas Proposition 15: Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas Passed
Nov. 3, 2009 Texas Proposition 8: Authorizing the State to Contribute Resources to Veterans' Hospitals Passed
Nov. 5, 2013 Texas Proposition 2: State Medical Education Board and State Medical Education Fund Elimination Amendment Passed
Nov. 5, 2013 Texas Proposition 8: Repeal of Hidalgo County Hospital District Amendment Passed
Nov. 4, 2008 Washington Initiative 1000: Initiative Measure No. 1000 concerns allowing certain terminally ill competent adults to obtain lethal prescriptions. Passed
Nov. 4, 2008 Washington Initiative 1029: Initiative Measure No. 1029 concerns long-term care services for the elderly and persons with disabilities. Passed
Nov. 8, 2011 Washington Initiative Measure 1163: Concerning Long-Term Care Workers and Services for Elderly and Disabled People Passed
Nov. 5, 2013 Washington Advisory Vote No. 5: Concerns the Insurance Premium Tax to Some Insurance for Pediatric Oral Services Passed
Nov. 8, 2016 Washington Advisory Vote 14: An Act Relating to Taxes and Service Charges on Certain Qualified Stand-Alone Dental Plans Offered in the Individual or Small Group Markets Passed
Nov. 6, 2012 Wyoming Constitutional Amendment A: Right of Health Care Access Passed
 
 

Health Insurance

Election Date State Title Outcome
Nov. 4, 2008 Arizona Proposition 101: Freedom of Choice in Health Care Pending
Nov. 2, 2010 Arizona Proposition 106: Proposed Amendment to the Constitution by the Legislature Relating to Health Care Services Passed
Nov. 4, 2014 California Proposition 45: Health Insurance. Rate Changes. Initiative Statute. Failed
Nov. 8, 2016 California Proposition 52: State Fees on Hospitals. Federal Medi-Cal Matching Funds. Initiative Statutory and Constitutional Amendment. Passed
Nov. 8, 2016 Colorado Proposed Initiative 20: State Health Care System Failed
Nov. 6, 2012 Florida Ballot (6): Prohibition on Public Funding of Abortions/Construction of Rights Failed
Nov. 6, 2012 Florida Ballot (1): Health Care Services Failed
Nov. 4, 2014 Illinois Public Act 098-0696: Woman's Health Referendum Act Passed
Nov. 6, 2012 Louisiana CA NO. 1 (Act 873 - SB 82): Medicaid Trust Fund for the Elderly Passed
Nov. 4, 2014 Louisiana Act No. 439: Proposed Amendment No. 1 Passed
Nov. 4, 2014 Louisiana Act No. 438: Proposed Amendment No. 2 Passed
Nov. 4, 2008 Maine Question 1: People's Veto - Beverage Tax Passed
Nov. 4, 2008 Missouri Proposition B: Home Care Passed
Aug. 3, 2010 Missouri Proposition C: Participation in a Federal Health Care System Passed
Nov. 6, 2012 Missouri Proposition E: Relating to State-Based Health Insurance Exchanges Passed
Nov. 4, 2008 Montana Initiative 155: Healthy Montana Kids Plan Act Passed
Nov. 6, 2012 Montana Legislative Referendum No.122: Referendum to Prohibit Health Insurance Purchase Requirement Passed
Nov. 8, 2011 Ohio Issue 3: Proposed Constitutional Amendment: Ohio Health Care Amendment Passed
Nov. 2, 2010 Oklahoma State Question No. 756: Health Care System Passed
Nov. 4, 2008 South Carolina Constitutional Amendment 2a: Public Employee Pension Plans Failed
Nov. 6, 2012 South Dakota Initiative Measure 15: An Initiated Measure to Increase State General Sales and Use Taxes for Additional K-12 Public Education and Medicaid Funding Failed
Nov. 4, 2014 South Dakota Initiated Measure 17: An Initiated Measure to Require Health Insurers to Include All Willing and Qualified Health Care Providers on Their Provider Lists Passed
Nov. 1, 2007 Washington Referendum Measure 67: Health Insurance Referendum Passed
Nov. 2, 2010 Washington Initiative Measure 1082: Concerning Industrial Insurance Failed
Nov. 5, 2013 Washington Advisory Vote No. 5: Concerns the Insurance Premium Tax to Some Insurance for Pediatric Oral Services 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
Nov. 1, 2007 New Jersey Public Question 2: Stem Cell Research Bond Issue Failed
Nov. 4, 2014 Maine Public Law 568: Question 5: Bond Issue Passed
Nov. 3, 2009 Texas Proposition 4: Establishing the National Research University Fund Passed
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