Alaska – Measure 2: Initiative to legalize marijuana
This bill would remove civil and criminal penalties under state law for persons 21 years or older who grow, use, sell or give away marijuana or hemp products. State or local government could not require a permit or license for personal cultivation or distribution of marijuana, but could regulate marijuana like alcohol or tobacco. It removes all existing state restrictions on prescription of marijuana by a doctor for all patients, including children. It allows for laws limiting marijuana use in public and to protect public safety.

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Arizona – Initiative 200: Require citizenship verification for voting and government benefits
The “Arizona Taxpayer and Citizen Protection Act" amends A.R.S. to require registrants applying to vote in Arizona to submit evidence of their United States citizenship with the application. This Act also requires state and local governments and their agencies that administer state and local benefits that are not federally mandated to verify applicants' identity, immigration status, and eligibility of applicants; to accept only immigration-status-verified identification; cooperate with other state agencies to verify immigration status of applicants, and to report to federal immigration authorities any violation of federal immigration law by any applicant for benefits.

Arkansas – Amendment 3: Defining marriage
A proposed amendment to the Arkansas constitution providing that marriage consists only of the union of one man and one woman; that legal status for unmarried persons which is identical or substantially similar to marital status shall not be valid or recognized in Arkansas, except that the legislature may recognize a common law marriage from another state between a man and a woman; and that the legislature has the power to determine the capacity of persons to marry, subject to this amendment, and the legal rights, obligations, privileges, and immunities of marriage.”

California – Proposition 66: Limits on the “Three Strikes” law, increased penalties for sex crimes against children
Amends "Three Strikes" law to require increased sentences only when current conviction is for specified violent and/or serious felony. Redefines violent and serious felonies. Only prior convictions for specified violent and/or serious felonies, brought and tried separately, would qualify for second and third "strike" sentence increases. Allows conditional re-sentencing of persons with sentences increased under "Three Strikes" law if previous sentencing offenses, resulting in the currently charged felony/felonies, would no longer qualify as violent and/or serious felonies. Increases punishment for specified sex crimes against children.

California – Proposition 71: Stem cell research and cures initiative
Establishes "California Institute for Regenerative Medicine" to regulate stem cell research and provide funding, through grants and loans, for such research and research facilities. Establishes constitutional right to conduct stem cell research; prohibits Institute's funding of human reproductive cloning research. Establishes oversight committee to govern Institute. Provides General Fund loan up to $3 million for Institute's initial administration/implementation costs. Authorizes issuance of general obligation bonds to finance Institute activities up to $3 billion subject to annual limit of $350 million. Appropriates monies from General Fund to pay for bonds.

Colorado – Amendment 36: Proportional allocation of Colorado’s electoral votes
An amendment to the Colorado constitution concerning popular proportional selection of presidential electors, and, in connection therewith, creating procedures for allocating Colorado's electoral votes for president and vice-president of the United States, based on the proportion of ballots that are cast in this state for each presidential ticket; making the terms of the proposed amendment effective so that popular proportional selection of presidential electors applies to the 2004 general election; setting forth procedures and timelines that govern the certification of election results and the potential recounting of votes in elections for presidential electors and in the election on this proposed amendment; granting the Colorado supreme court original jurisdiction for the adjudication of all contests concerning presidential electors and requiring that such matters be heard and decided on an expedited basis; and authorizing the general assembly to enact legislation to change the manner of selecting presidential electors or any of the procedures contained in this amendment.

Florida – Amendment 1: Parental notification of a minor’s termination of pregnancy
Proposing an amendment to the State Constitution to authorize the Legislature to require by general law for notification to a parent or guardian of a minor before the termination of the minor's pregnancy. The amendment provides that the Legislature shall not limit or deny the privacy rights guaranteed to minors under the United States Constitution as interpreted by the United States Supreme Court. The Legislature shall provide exceptions to such requirement for notification and shall create a process for judicial waiver of the requirement for notification.

Georgia – Amendment 1: Defining marriage
Shall the Constitution be amended so as to provide that this state shall recognize as marriage only the union of man and woman?

Kentucky – Amendment 1: Defining marriage
Are you in favor of amending the Kentucky Constitution to provide that only a marriage between one man and one woman shall be a marriage in Kentucky, and that a legal status identical to or similar to marriage for unmarried individuals shall not be valid or recognized?

Maine – Question 1: Impose limits on real and personal property taxes
Do you want to limit property taxes to 1% of the assessed value of the property?

Michigan – Proposition 2: Defining marriage
Description: Amend the state constitution to provide that the union of one man and one woman in marriage shall be the only agreement recognized as a marriage or similar union for any purpose.

Mississippi – Amendment 1: Defining marriage
Description: This proposed constitutional amendment provides that marriage may take place and may be valid under the laws of this state only between a man and a woman. The amendment also provides that a marriage in another state or foreign jurisdiction between persons of the same gender may not be recognized in this state and is void and unenforceable under the laws of this state.

Montana – Initiative CI-96: Defining marriage
Montana statutes define civil marriage as between a man and a woman, and prohibit marriage between persons of the same sex.  The Montana Constitution currently contains no provisions defining marriage.  This initiative, effective immediately, would amend the Montana Constitution to provide that only a marriage between a man and a woman may be valid if performed in Montana, or recognized in Montana if performed in another state.

Montana – Initiative I-148: Allows production, possession and use of marijuana for medical purposes
This initiative would allow the production, possession, and use of marijuana by patients with debilitating medical conditions.  Patients could use marijuana, under medical supervision, to alleviate the symptoms of conditions including cancer, glaucoma, and HIV/AIDS, or other conditions or treatments that produce wasting, severe or chronic pain, severe nausea, seizures, severe muscle spasms, or other conditions defined by the State.  A patient or the patient’s caregiver could register to grow and possess limited amounts of marijuana by submitting to the State written certification by a physician that the patient has a debilitating medical condition and would benefit from using marijuana.

North Dakota – Amendment 1: Defining marriage
This constitutional measure would add a new section to article XI of the North Dakota Constitution, as follows: Marriage consists only of the legal union between a man and a woman. No other domestic union, however denominated, may be recognized as a marriage or given the same or substantially equivalent legal effect.

Oregon – Measure 33: Amend the Medical Marijuana Act
Description: Oregon Medical Marijuana Act currently allows registered patients to possess/deliver/produce limited amounts of marijuana for medical purposes. Current law prohibits all marijuana sales, including sales to patients. Measure creates licensing program for nonprofit, regulated medical marijuana dispensaries, which may supply six pounds marijuana yearly per patient. Permits dispensaries to sell marijuana to registered patients/caregivers; percentage of proceeds funds program. Requires dispensaries to provide indigent patients marijuana. Requires county health departments in counties without licensed dispensaries to become dispensaries and supply marijuana to registered patients. Allows designated caregivers to sell marijuana to their registered patients. Increases marijuana registered patients may possess to ten mature plants, any number seedlings, one pound usable marijuana (six pounds if patient grows only one crop yearly).

Ohio – Issue 1: Defining marriage
Only a union between one man and one woman may be a marriage valid in or recognized by this state and its political subdivisions. This state and its political subdivisions shall not create or recognize a legal status for relationships of unmarried individuals that intends to approximate the design, qualities, significance or effect of marriage.

Oklahoma – Question 711: Defining marriage
This measure adds a new section of law to the Constitution. It adds Section 35 to Article 2. It defines marriage to be between one man and one woman. It prohibits giving the benefits of marriage to people who are not married. It provides that same sex marriages in other states are not valid in this state. It makes issuing a marriage license in violation of this section a misdemeanor.

Oregon – Measure 36: Defining marriage
The Constitution of the State of Oregon is amended as follows: It is the policy of Oregon, and its political subdivisions, that only a marriage between one man and one woman shall be valid or legally recognized as a marriage.

Utah – Amendment 3: Defining marriage
Shall the Utah Constitution be amended to provide that:
(1) marriage consists only of the legal union between a man and a woman; and
(2) no other domestic union may be recognized as a marriage or given the same or substantially equal legal effect?

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