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Obamacare, marijuana, same sex marriage issues on state election ballots

marijuana-lightWhile the focus has been on the election battles of Obama vs. Romney, US House of Representatives and U.S. Senate for control of Congress, there are a number of other issues on the ballots in the respective states.  Some are very emotionally-based and hot button.

 

 

Here is a list prepared by Ron Faucheux of Clarus:

Voters on November 6 will make decisions on 174 statewide ballot questions in 38 states. Here is a rundown of those worth watching Tuesday night:

Alabama

-- Amendment 6: Prohibit individuals and businesses from being compelled to participate in Obamacare.

Arkansas

-- Issue 5: Legalize use of marijuana for medical purposes.

-- Issue 1: Impose 1/2 cent sales tax for highway construction.

Supported by state Chamber.

California

-- Prop. 30: Increase personal income tax on those making more than

$250,000 and impose a 1/4 cent sales tax. Sponsored by Gov. Jerry Brown.

-- Prop. 31: Government reform package to (a) establish a two-year state budget, (b) require bills before the Legislature be made public three days prior to a vote, and (c) allow the governor to make "emergency" spending cuts if the Legislature fails to act.

-- Prop. 32: Prohibit collecting voluntary union dues through payroll deductions for political purposes.

-- Prop. 34: Abolish capital punishment in California.

-- Prop. 37: Require genetically modified foods to be labeled as "genetically engineered."

-- Prop. 38: Raise income taxes with 60% of revenue dedicated to K-12 education, 30% to debt reduction, and 15% to early childhood programs. Opposed by Gov. Brown.

Colorado

-- Amendment 64: Legalize and regulate marijuana for those over 21.

Florida

-- Amendment 1: Prohibit individuals and businesses from being compelled to participate in Obamacare.

-- Amendment 3: Cap amount of revenue state government can spend from taxes and fees, using a formula based on inflation and population growth.

-- Amendment 6: Prohibit the use of public funds for abortions, except for rape, incest, and mother's life in danger.

Idaho

-- Props 1, 2, 3: School reform package includes phase out teacher tenure, merit pay, limit collective-bargaining rights for teachers'

unions.

Maine

-- Question 1: Allow same-sex couples to marry.

Maryland

-- Question 4: Allow people in the state--including undocumented illegal immigrants--to pay in-state tuition.

-- Question 5: Uphold congressional redistricting.

-- Question 6: Allow same-sex couples to marry.

-- Question 7: Expand gambling in Maryland.

Massachusetts

-- Question 2. Allow terminally ill patients the right to get drugs from a physician to end their life.

-- Question 3: Legalize marijuana for medical purposes.

Michigan

-- Proposal 2: Grant public and private employees the constitutional right to organize and bargain collectively through labor unions.

--Proposal 3: Require utilities to obtain 25% of the electricity they sell from renewable sources (wind, solar, biomass and hydropower) by

2025

-- Proposal 5: Require a 2/3 legislative majority, or a statewide vote of the people at a November election, to raise taxes.

Minnesota

-- Amendment 1: Define marriage as a union of one man and one woman.

-- Amendment 2: Require photo identification to vote.

Missouri

-- Prop. B: Increase cigarette tax from 17 to 90 cents per pack.

Montana

-- Initiative 122: Prohibits federal and state government from requiring the purchase of health insurance.

-- Initiative 124: Keep or reject law that replaced a 2004 medical marijuana law with a more restrictive version.

New Hampshire

-- Constitutional Amendment 2: Prohibits a personal income tax.

Oregon

-- Measure 80: Allows cultivation and sale of marijuana to adults.

-- Measure 84: Phases out estate and inheritance taxes.

Washington

-- Measure 74: Repeal state law that legalized same-sex marriage.

-- Initiative 502: Legalize marijuana for those 21 and older.

-- Measure 1185: Reaffirming law that requires a 2/3 legislative vote to raise taxes, or receive voter approval, and that new or increased fees require majority legislative approval.

Wyoming

-- Amendment A: Gives citizens the right to make health care decisions and allows the state to act to "preserve these rights from undue government influence.

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Clarus Research Group is a nonpartisan polling firm based in Washington, D.C., specializing in survey research for businesses, associations, nonprofits and media organizations. For more information, contact Dr. Faucheux at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or go to our website at www.ClarusRG.com.

Clarus Research Group cannot attest to the reliability or methodology of surveys that it does not conduct.

Copyright 2012 © Ronald A. Faucheux

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