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A constitutional amendment to allow casino gaming in up to two casinos with authorization by the Legislature
Proposed Amendment 3
Election:
General

2004

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Fail (Yes votes: 35.7%)
Topic Areas:
Gambling & Lotteries

Summary: Click for Summary
A constitutional amendment to define casino gaming and to permit the Legislature to authorize up to two casino locations subject to approval by voters in the affected counties and provide for the authorization, operation, regulation, and taxation of casino gaming. (LR 209 CA)



A vote FOR this proposal will define casino gaming and permit the Legislature to authorize, regulate, and tax casino gaming at no more than two casino locations. This Legislative authorization is subject to approval by the voters of the county in which a casino is to be located.



A vote AGAINST this proposal will not add casino gaming language to the Nebraska Constitution.


A constitutional amendment to authorize exemption of certain improvements to historically significant real property from property taxation
Proposed Amendment 1
Election:
General

2004

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 58.5%)
Topic Areas:
Tax & Revenue

Summary: Click for Summary
A constitutional amendment to authorize exemption of certain improvements to historically significant real property from property taxation (LR 2 CA)



A vote FOR this proposal would authorize the Legislature to exempt from taxation, in whole or in part, the increased value of real property resulting from the renovation, rehabilitation, or preservation of historically significant real property.



A vote AGAINST this proposal will not authorize a tax exemption for the increased value of real property resulting from the renovation, rehabilitation, or preservation of historically significant real property.


A constitutional amendment to authorize legislation relating to mergers and consolidations by local governments
Amendment 2B
Election:
General

1998

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 56.0%)
Topic Areas:
Civil & Constitutional Law

Summary: Click for Summary
Amend the constitution by adding a new section allowing the Legislature by law to provide for the merger or consolidation of counties or other local government, or reversal of such merger of consolidation, which legislation shall provide that no such merger or consolidation or reversal of such merger or consolidation, of municipalities or counties shall occur unless a majority of the people voting in each municipality or county affected shall approve.


A constitutional amendment to authorize the use of revenue bonds to develop and lease property for use by nonprofit enterprises as determined by law
Proposed Amendment 2
Election:
General

2002

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Fail (Yes votes: 40%)
Topic Areas:
Local Government

Summary: Click for Summary
Amends section 2 of Article XIII of the Nebraska Constitution to permit the Legislature to authorize counties, cities, and villages to acquire, own, develop, lease, and otherwise finance real and personal property to be used by non-profit enterprises. In addition, the Legislature would be empowered to authorize counties, cities and villages to issue revenue bonds for such purposes.


A Constitutional Amendment to Authorize Use of Revenue Bonds to Develop and Lease Property for Use by Nonprofit Enterprises as Determined by Law
Proposed Amendment 1
Election:
General

2006

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Fail (Yes votes: 46%)
Topic Areas:
Bond Measures | Human Services | Land Use/Property Rights | Local Government

Summary: Click for Summary
A vote FOR this amendment will authorize the Legislature to permit counties, cities, and villages to acquire, own, develop, and lease or finance real and personal property for use by nonprofit enterprises for nonsectarian, nondevotional, and nonreligious purposes and to issue revenue bonds for such purpose and will prohibit the use of condemnation for acquiring such property and operation of such property as a business by the county, city, or village.



A vote AGAINST this amendment will not authorize the Legislature to permit counties, cities, and villages to acquire, own, develop, and lease or finance real and personal property for use by nonprofit enterprises or to issue revenue bonds for such purpose.

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A constitutional amendment to change a restriction on allocation of proceeds from motor vehicle taxes
Amendment 2A
Election:
General

1998

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 58.6%)
Topic Areas:
Tax & Revenue

Summary: Click for Summary
Amend the constitution to provide that the revenue from motor vehicles taxed in each county shall be allocated only to such county and the cities, villages and school districts therein.


A constitutional amendment to change election procedures for constitutional amendments to require two separate votes by the electorate
Amendment 3A
Election:
General

2000

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Fail (Yes votes: 38.2%)
Topic Areas:
Elections-Initiative Process

Summary: Click for Summary
Legislative Constitutional Amendment

Changes the procedure used to amend the constitution. The change will require two separate votes at two separate elections by the people before an amendment can take effect. The first vote will be to adopt the amendment. If the first vote is affirmative, the second vote will be at a subsequent election to ratify the amendment. (LR 18 CA)


A constitutional amendment to change filing requirements for initiative petitions
Amendment 3C
Election:
General

2000

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Fail (Yes votes: 37.4%)
Topic Areas:
Elections-Initiative Process

Summary: Click for Summary
Legislative Constitutional Amendment

Increases from four to nine months the time within which initiative petitions filed with the Secretary of State shall be submitted to the state’s electors at a general election. (LR 18 CA)


A constitutional amendment to change residence and office requirements for the Chief Justice and Judges of the Supreme Court
Amendment 3A
Election:
General

1998

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 51.1%)
Topic Areas:
Civil & Constitutional Law

Summary: Click for Summary
Amend the constitution to provide that the Chief Justice and the judges of the Supreme Court are not required to reside where the Supreme Court is located, but shall reside within the state, and that such judges’ offices shall be at the place where the Supreme Court is located. Also, they will not lose their residence at the place from which selected.


A constitutional amendment to change the effective date of compensation changes made by the Legislature for the judiciary to allow the changes to take effect for all judges at the beginning of the full term of any judge of any court in the state
Amendment 4
Election:
General

2000

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 56.3%)
Topic Areas:
Judiciary | Labor & Employment

Summary: Click for Summary
Legislative Constitutional Amendment

Provides that changes in the compensation of judges will take effect at the same time for all judges rather than on a court-by-court basis. (LR 291 CA)


A constitutional amendment to change the method of nominating and electing the Lieutenant Governor
Amendment 1
Election:
General

2000

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 51.8%)
Topic Areas:
Elections | State Government

Summary: Click for Summary
Legislative Constitutional Amendment

Provides that the candidates for Governor of each party, as chosen at the primary elections, shall choose a person to be their running mate (candidates for Lieutenant Governor) on the general election ballot, and at the general election in November the voters shall cast one vote jointly for the two. (LR 14 CA)


A Constitutional Amendment to Change the Salary of Members of the Legislature to $22,500
Amendment 4
Election:
General

2012

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Fail (Yes votes: 31.6% (unofficial))
Topic Areas:
Labor & Employment | Legislatures

Summary: Click for Summary
A vote FOR this constitutional amendment would increase the salary for members of the Legislature from twelve thousand dollars per year to twenty-two thousand five hundred dollars per year, beginning January 2013.



A vote AGAINST this constitutional amendment would result in no change in the salary for members of the Legislature.

LR 373 CA


A constitutional amendment to clarify English language requirements in schools
Proposed Amendment 1
Election:
General

2002

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Fail (Yes votes: 43%)
Topic Areas:
Civil & Constitutional Law | Education: PreK-12

Summary: Click for Summary
Amends section 27 of the Article I of the Nebraska Constitution to eliminate language requirements for private, denominational and parochial schools.


A constitutional amendment to identify the powers of initiative and referendum and to remove obsolete language
Amendment 3B
Election:
General

2000

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 69.6%)
Topic Areas:
Elections-Initiative Process

Summary: Click for Summary
Legislative Constitutional Amendment

Specifically defines the powers of initiative (to propose statutes or constitutional amendments) and referendum (to approve or reject such proposals), and will remove some obsolete language pertaining to the former two-house Legislature. (LR 18 CA)


A constitutional amendment to limit government spending by limiting future tax revenue increases by the state and local governments
Measure 413
Election:
General

1998

Type:
Initiative

Status: Fail (Yes votes: 35.9%)
Topic Areas:
Tax & Revenue

Summary: Click for Summary
The object of this petition is to slow the growth of state and local government spending and taxes in Nebraska. Future tax revenue increases would be limited by the Nebraska Constitution to the rate of inflation, population growth, costs of temporary emergencies and new unfunded federal mandates. The limit can be exceeded by a vote of the people. Any tax revenues above this limit would be returned to taxpayers through property, sales, and income tax rate reductions. After 5 years, the Nebraska Legislature is allowed to suspend this limit with a three-fourths majority vote and the Governor’s signature.

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A Constitutional Amendment to Permit Supervision of Individuals Sentenced to Probation, Released on Parole, or Enrolled in Court Programs or Services by the Judicial and Executive Departments as Provided by the Legislature
Proposed Amendment 4
Election:
General

2006

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 56%)
Topic Areas:
Criminal Justice

Summary: Click for Summary
A vote FOR this amendment will change the separation of powers provision of the Constitution of Nebraska to authorize the Legislature to assign to the judicial and executive departments responsibilities regarding the supervision of individuals sentenced to probation, released on parole, or subject to programs provided by a court.



A vote AGAINST this amendment will not authorize a change to the separation of powers provision of the Constitution of Nebraska.

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A Constitutional Amendment to Permit Use of Funds Dedicated to the Common Schools for Early Childhood Educational Purposes
Proposed Amendment 5
Election:
General

2006

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 54%)
Topic Areas:
Budgets | Education: PreK-12

Summary: Click for Summary
A vote FOR this amendment will permit use of perpetual school funds for early childhood educational purposes through public schools, will create an early childhood education endowment fund and allocate $40,000,000 of perpetual school funds to the endowment fund, subject to reversion to the common schools if the annual income from $20,000,000 of private funds is not irrevocably committed to the endowment fund, and will define early childhood education for purposes of Article VII of the Constitution of Nebraska.



A vote AGAINST this amendment will not change the use of the perpetual school funds, will not create an early childhood education endowment fund, and will not define early childhood education.

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A constitutional amendment to provide for conditional guarantee of 10% of Nebraska lottery funds to be given to the State Fair Board for the operation of the Nebraska State Fair
Proposed Amendment 4
Election:
General

2004

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 55.6%)
Topic Areas:
Budgets | Gambling & Lotteries

Summary: Click for Summary
A constitutional amendment to require the proceeds of the lottery operated and regulated by the State of Nebraska to be appropriated by the Legislature for the costs of the lottery, the Nebraska Environmental Trust Fund, education, the Nebraska State Fair Board, and the Compulsive Gamblers Assistance Fund, subject to certain conditions.



A vote FOR this proposal would provide a conditional guarantee of 10% of state lottery proceeds to the Nebraska State Fair Board for operation of the Nebraska State Fair and specify the distribution of the remaining proceeds. Under this proposal, after payment of prizes and operating expenses and $500,000 to the Compulsive Gamblers Assistance Fund, the remaining state lottery proceeds would be distributed as follows: (1) 44 ½% to the Nebraska Environmental Trust Fund to be used as provided in the Nebraska Environmental Trust Act, (2) 44 ½% to be used for education as the Legislature may direct, (3) 10% to the Nebraska State Fair Board if the most populous city within the county in which the fair is located provides matching funds equivalent to ten percent of the amount available for distribution to the Board, but if the fair ceases operations, this share would be transferred to the state General Fund, and (4) 1% to the Compulsive Gamblers Assistance Fund.



A vote AGAINST this proposal will retain the Legislature’s authority to distribute state lottery proceeds.


A constitutional amendment to provide for the retention of judges of the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals on a statewide basis
Amendment 3B
Election:
General

1998

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Fail (Yes votes: 47.1%)
Topic Areas:
Elections | Judiciary

Summary: Click for Summary
Amend the constitution to provide that when a vacancy occurs in the Supreme Court, the appellate court, or any other inferior court, it shall be filled by the governor within 60 days through the judicial nominating commission device, and shall provide that the Chief Justice, each judge of the supreme court, and each judge of the appellate court shall have their right to remain in office voted on by the electorate of the entire state.


A constitutional amendment to provide that no person shall be denied the equal protection of the laws
Amendment 1
Election:
General

1998

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 72.6%)
Topic Areas:
Civil & Constitutional Law

Summary: Click for Summary
Amend the constitution by adding the to due process of law clause an equal protection clause providing that no person shall be denied “the equal protection of the laws.”


A constitutional amendment to provide that property fo the state and its governmental subdivisions is exempt from taxation to the extent such property is used for public purposes and to authorize classification and taxation of property not used for author
Amendment 2C
Election:
General

1998

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 57.8%)
Topic Areas:
Tax & Revenue

Summary: Click for Summary
Amend the constitution by providing that the property of the state and its governmental subdivisions shall remain exempt from taxation to the extent it is used for authorized public purposes; to the extent this property is not used for such purposes, the Legislature may classify it, exempt such classes, or authorize some or all of it subject to property taxes or in lieu of property tax payments, except as provided by law.


A constitutional amendment to provide that the Legislature shall not amend, repeal, modify, or impair a law enacted by the people by initiative, except upon a vote of at least two-thirds of all members of the Legislature
Initiative Measure 418
Election:
General

2004

Type:
Initiative

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 54.8%)
Topic Areas:
Elections-Initiative Process | Legislatures

Summary: Click for Summary
Shall the Nebraska Constitution be amended to provide that the Legislature shall not amend, repeal, modify, or impair a law enacted by the people by initiative, except upon a vote of at least two-thirds of all the members of the Legislature?



A vote FOR will amend the Nebraska Constitution to provide that the Legislature shall not amend, repeal, modify, or impair a law enacted by the people by initiative, except upon a vote of at least two-thirds of all members of the Legislature.



A vote AGAINST will not cause the Nebraska Constitution to be amended in such manner.


A constitutional amendment to provide that the people may enact laws by initiative measure to provide for the authorization, operation, regulation, and taxation of all forms of games of chance
Initiative Measure 417
Election:
General

2004

Type:
Initiative

Status: Fail (Yes votes: 48.9%)
Topic Areas:
Gambling & Lotteries

Summary: Click for Summary
Shall the Nebraska Constitution be amended to provide that the people may enact laws by initiative measure to provide for the authorization, operation, regulation, and taxation of all forms of games of chance?



A vote FOR will amend the Nebraska Constitution to provide that the people may enact laws by initiative measure to provide for the authorization, operation, regulation, and taxation of all forms of games of chance.



A vote AGAINST will not cause the Nebraska Constitution to be amended in such manner.


A constitutional amendment to remove the Lieutenant Governor and designate the Speaker as presiding officer of the Legislature
Proposed Amendment 2
Election:
General

2004

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Fail (Yes votes: 39.1%)
Topic Areas:
Legislatures

Summary: Click for Summary
A constitutional amendment to remove the Lieutenant Governor and designate the Speaker as presiding officer of the Legislature. (LR 211 CA)



A vote FOR this proposal will eliminate provisions that make the Lieutenant Governor the presiding officer of the Legislature and eliminate a provision that enables the Lieutenant Governor to vote on issues before the Legislature when the vote is a tie.



A vote AGAINST this proposal will retain the Lieutenant Governor as the presiding officer of the Legislature and continue the Lieutenant Governor’s authority to vote on issues before the Legislature when the vote is a tie.


A constitutional amendment to repeal and eliminate provisions dealing with township organization and towns
Amendment 2D
Election:
General

1998

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Fail (Yes votes: 37.1%)
Topic Areas:
Civil & Constitutional Law

Summary: Click for Summary
Amend the constitution to remove all references to townships or towns, and repeal outright a section which directs the Legislature by general law to provide for township organization.


A constitutional amendment to require the resignation of members of the Legislature elected to other state or local offices except as otherwise provided by law
Amendment 5
Election:
General

2000

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 78.1%)
Topic Areas:
Legislatures

Summary: Click for Summary
Legislative Constitutional Amendment

Provides that a member of the Legislature elected to any other state or local office prior to the end of the member’s legislative term shall resign from the legislature before the start of the legislative session during which the term of the other state or local office will begin, except as otherwise provided by law. (LR 6 CA)


A constitutional amendment to state that the language in the Constitution shall be construed to be gender neutral and to direct the Secretary of State to revise and reprint the Constitution to implement such construction
Amendment 2
Election:
General

2000

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Fail (Yes votes: 42.8%)
Topic Areas:
Civil & Constitutional Law

Summary: Click for Summary
Legislative Constitutional Amendment

Requires the language of the state constitution to be gender neutral, and directs the Secretary of State to revise and reprint the state constitution implementing this provision as soon as practicable after the approval of this amendment. (LR 11 CA)


Abolish the Office of the State Treasurer on January 8, 2015
Amendment 2
Election:
General

2010

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Fail (Yes votes: 32.9%)
Topic Areas:
State Government

Summary: Click for Summary
A vote FOR this amendment will abolish the office of the State Treasurer on January 8, 2015.



A vote AGAINST this amendment will not abolish the office of the State Treasurer.


Affirmative Action Ban
Initiative 424
Election:
General

2008

Type:
Initiative

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 57.5%)
Topic Areas:
Civil & Constitutional Law | Education: Higher Ed | Labor & Employment | Local Government | State Government

Summary: Click for Summary
A vote “FOR” will amend the Nebraska Constitution to prohibit the State, any public institution of higher education, political subdivision or government institution from discriminating against, or granting preferential treatment to, individuals or groups based upon race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in operating public employment, education, or contracting. Existing court orders would not be invalidated under the amendment. Bona fide qualifications based on sex reasonably necessary to normal operation of public employment, education or contracting, and actions necessary to obtain federal funds through federal programs would be permitted. A cause of action for violation would be created. The
amendment would apply to actions
after its adoption.



A vote “AGAINST” will not cause the Nebraska Constitution to be amended in such a manner.

[CA]


Allow Investment of Public Endowment Funds by Cities
Proposed Amendment 1
Election:
Primary

2008

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 58%)
Topic Areas:
Banking & Financial Services | Local Government

Summary: Click for Summary
May 13, 2008

A vote FOR this amendment will authorize the Legislature to permit certain cities to invest public endowment funds in the same manner as would a prudent investor. The cities, acting with care, skill and diligence, would be responsible to act exclusively to protect and benefit the public endowment investments subject to limitations as the Legislature may provide.

A vote AGAINST this amendment will retain the existing restrictions that prohibit investments in stocks of private corporations and associations.


Allows legislature to authorize off-track pari-mutuel betting on horse races
Amendment 1
Election:
General

1996

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Fail
Topic Areas:
Animal Rights/Hunting & Fishing | Gambling & Lotteries

Summary: Click for Summary
A constitutional amendment to remove the restriction that wagering on the results of horseraces by the parimutuel method be conducted within a licensed racetrack enclosure and to authorize such wagering to be conducted at locations and by means authorized by the legislature.



A vote FOR this proposal will allow the Legislature to authorize off-track pari-mutuel betting horseraces by such means and at such locations as it might determine, thus removing the present requirement that all betting on horseraces be conducted by licensees within licensed racetrack enclosures in the state.



A vote AGAINST this proposal will retain the present requirement that all pari-mutuel betting on horseraces be conducted by licensees within licensed racetrack enclosures.


Allows state legislators to participate in state employee benefit plans
Amendment 3
Election:
General

1996

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Fail
Topic Areas:
Labor & Employment | Legislatures

Summary: Click for Summary
A constitutional amendment to authorize members of the Legislature to participate in employee benefit programs or plans in which other state officers are authorized to participate.



A vote FOR this proposal will authorize members of the state Legislature to participate in employee benefit programs in which other state officers are authorized to participate.



A vote AGAINST this proposal will continue the present prohibition against state legislators participating in employee benefit plans available to other state officers.


Anti-picketing
Unknown2
Election:
General

1922

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 57.0%)
Topic Areas:
Labor & Employment

Summary: Click for Summary
Summary not available.


Approval of income tax law
Unknown1
Election:
General

1966

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Fail (Yes votes: 30.1%)
Topic Areas:
Tax & Revenue

Summary: Click for Summary
Summary not available.


Authorization for cities and towns owning electric light plants to extend their lines
Unknown2
Election:
General

1930

Type:
Initiative

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 73.0%)
Topic Areas:
Energy & Electric Utilities | Local Government

Summary: Click for Summary
Summary not available.

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Authorization for cities, villages and public electric light and power districts to extend their lines
Unknown1
Election:
General

1930

Type:
Initiative

Status: Fail (Yes votes: 47.9%)
Topic Areas:
Energy & Electric Utilities | Local Government

Summary: Click for Summary
Summary not available.

[S]


Authorize Video Keno
Initiative Measure 421
Election:
General

2006

Type:
Initiative

Status: Fail (Yes votes: 39%)
Topic Areas:
Gambling & Lotteries

Summary: Click for Summary
Shall the Nebraska County and City Lottery Act be amended to: (1) Authorize video keno player stations where players insert cash or a winning ticket to select or quick pick numbers from eighty numbers displayed on a video player station and an electronic selection device randomly selects numbers from the same pool of eighty numbers, with winning plays determined by matching the player-selected numbers with the numbers randomly selected by the electronic selection device; (2) Impose a tax on video keno revenues; and (3) Provide for distribution of video keno revenues to counties, cities, or villages and lottery operators.



A vote “FOR” will amend the Nebraska County and City Lottery Act to authorize the use of video keno gaming devices.



A vote “AGAINST” will not cause the Nebraska County and City Lottery Act to be amended to authorize the use of video keno gaming devices.
[S]


Authorizing a State Lottery
Amendment 1
Election:
General

1992

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Pass
Topic Areas:
Gambling & Lotteries

Summary: Click for Summary
A vote FOR this proposal will: (1) authorize the Legislature to establish, operate, and regulate a state lottery; (2) provide that the proceeds thereof shall be appropriated by the Legislature to pay for the costs of establishing and maintaining such lottery, as well as for other purposes as directed by the Legislature; (3) provide that no lottery game shall be conducted as part of such lottery unless its type has been approved by a majority of the members of the Legislature.



A vote AGAINST this proposal will continue the present constitutional prohibition against the establishment of a state lottery, the proceeds of which could be used for general state purposes as directed by the Legislature.



A vote FOR this proposal will: (1) provide that, if a state lottery is etablished pursuant to the Constitution, the Legislature would be authorized to use a portion of the receipts thereof to compensate depositors of industrial loan and investment companies, which filed for bankruptcy or entered receivership after November 1, 1983, for unreimbursed losses of guaranteed deposits, notwithstanding any other provision in the Constitution prohibiting such reimbursement; and will (2) provide that no appropriation for such reimbursement shall be made by the Legislature after July 1, 1997.



A vote AGAINST this proposal will not provide specific constitutional sanction for the use by the legislature of part of the proceeds from a state lottery for the above-stated purpose, despite other constitutional provisions prohibiting such use.


Ban same sex marriage
Initiative 416
Election:
General

2000

Type:
Initiative

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 70.1%)
Topic Areas:
Civil & Constitutional Law

Summary: Click for Summary
Amends the Nebraska Constitution to provide that only marriage between a man and a woman shall be valid or recognized in Nebraska, and to provide that the uniting of two persons of the same sex in a civil union, domestic partnership or other similar same-sex relationship shall not be valid or recognized in Nebraska.

[CA]


Bank charters
Unknown1
Election:
General

1922

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 53.6%)
Topic Areas:
Banking & Financial Services

Summary: Click for Summary
Summary not available.


Bingo
Unknown2
Election:
General

1958

Type:
Initiative

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 58.7%)
Topic Areas:
Gambling & Lotteries | Human Services

Summary: Click for Summary
Summary not available.

[CA]


Change the Limit on Legislative Terms from Two to Three Consecutive Terms
Amendment 3
Election:
General

2012

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Fail (Yes votes: 35.3% (unofficial))
Topic Areas:
Legislatures | Term Limits

Summary: Click for Summary
A vote FOR this constitutional amendment would change the number of terms a member of the Legislature may serve from two consecutive four year terms to three consecutive four year terms.



A vote AGAINST this constitutional amendment would retain two consecutive four year terms as the number of terms a member of the Legislature may serve.

LR 358 CA


Change the Powers of Municipalities Relating to Fund Sources for Economic or Industrial Development
Amendment 1
Election:
General

2010

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 50.6%)
Topic Areas:
Economic Development | Local Government

Summary: Click for Summary
A vote FOR this amendment will authorize the Legislature to permit municipalities to fund economic or industrial development projects or programs from additional fund sources, subject to a vote of a majority of the registered voters of such municipality voting upon the question. Fund sources may include property taxes, local option sales tax, or any other general tax levied by the municipality or generated from municipally owned utilities or grants, donations, or state and federal funds received by the municipality.



A vote AGAINST this amendment will not authorize the Legislature to permit municipalities to fund economic or industrial development projects or programs from additional fund sources.


Changing the Powers of Municipalities
Proposed Amendment 1
Election:
General

2008

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Fail (Yes votes: 45.6%)
Topic Areas:
Economic Development | Local Government

Summary: Click for Summary
A vote “FOR” this amendment will remove a requirement that cities and villages use only general tax revenue for economic and industrial development projects and programs.



A vote “AGAINST” this amendment will keep the requirement that cities and villages use only general tax revenue for economic and industrial development projects and programs.


Closed shop, abolition
Unknown1
Election:
General

1946

Type:
Initiative

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 59.8%)
Topic Areas:
Labor & Employment

Summary: Click for Summary
Summary not available.

[CA]


Commissioner of education, election of
Unknown
Election:
General

1960

Type:
Initiative

Status: Fail (Yes votes: 42.9%)
Topic Areas:
Education: PreK-12 | State Government

Summary: Click for Summary
Summary not available.

[CA]


Commissioner of education, election of
Unknown1
Election:
General

1964

Type:
Initiative

Status: Fail (Yes votes: 40.7%)
Topic Areas:
Education: PreK-12 | State Government

Summary: Click for Summary
Summary not available.

[CA]


Create property tax levy limits for governmental subdivisions and establish provisions relating to valuation of real property for tax purposes
Measure 412
Election:
General

1996

Type:
Initiative

Status: Fail (Yes votes: 25.4%)
Topic Areas:
Tax & Revenue

Summary: Click for Summary
Shall the Nebraska Constitution be amended, through severable provisions, to: create property tax levy limits for various governmental subdivisions which could be exceeded by a majority vote of the votes; authorize the Legislature to prescribe means to determine the fair market value of real property for property tax purposes; provide that the value of real property for such purposes may not exceed 80% of fair market value for agricultural and horticultural land or 100% of fair market value for other real property; and require the Legislature to establish standards of efficiency for delivery of local governmetal services?

[CA]


Creation of unicameral, nonpartisan Legislature
Unknown1
Election:
General

1934

Type:
Initiative

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 59.7%)
Topic Areas:
Legislatures

Summary: Click for Summary
Summary not available.

[CA]


Direct primary and nonpartisan elections, establishment
Unknown
Election:
General

1924

Type:
Initiative

Status: Fail (Yes votes: 41.8%)
Topic Areas:
Elections

Summary: Click for Summary
Summary not available.

[CA]


Economic Development in Cities and Villages
LR 11 (Ballot number unknown)
Election:
General

1990

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 60.0%)
Topic Areas:
Economic Development | Local Government

Summary: Click for Summary
A constitutional amendment to empower the legislature to authorize incorporated cities and villages to use local sources of revenue for economic and industrial development with voter approval.


Employer’s Liability
Unknown1
Election:
General

1914

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 51.9%)
Topic Areas:
Labor & Employment

Summary: Click for Summary
Not available.

[S]


Establish a 2 Percent Limitation on Annual Budget Increases of All Governmental Subdivisions
Unknown2
Election:
General

1990

Type:
Initiative

Status: Fail (Yes votes: 30.8%)
Topic Areas:
Budgets | Legislatures

Summary: Click for Summary
“The 2 Percent Solution” – would amend constitution to limit spending by the state government and its subdivisions. The state shall not increase annual or biennial budgets or appropriations and associated expenditures for a fiscal year by more than two percent over that of the prior fiscal year execept and only with the approving vote fo 4/5 of the members of the legislature for the state; or by the approving majority vote of a local subdivision of government.

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Establish a Nebraska State Lottery System
Unknown1
Election:
General

1990

Type:
Initiative

Status: Fail (Yes votes: 35.3%)
Topic Areas:
Gambling & Lotteries | Tax & Revenue

Summary: Click for Summary
Would amend constitution by creating the Nebraska Lottery for property tax relief and veterans aid. Create state lottery system which will police and regulate lottery activity, curtail illegal lottery activities and provide revenue to the state and non-profit organizations

[CA]


Establish provisions relating to amending the U.S. constitution to limit terms of members of Congress
Measure 409
Election:
General

1996

Type:
Initiative

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 58.3%)
Topic Areas:
Federal Government | Term Limits

Summary: Click for Summary
Shall the Nebraska Constitution be amended to: instruct Nebraska’s members of Congress and state legislators to support passage and ratification of an amendment to the U.S. Constitution limiting U.S. Representatives to three terms and Senators to two terms; inform voters of the position of candidates for Congress and legislature on the specified congressional term limits by placing language on election ballots; and instruct state legislators to apply to Congress to convene an Article V Convention for the purpose of proposing an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to limit congressional terms?

[CA]


Establish Right to Keep and Bear Arms for Lawful Purposes
Unknown2
Election:
General

1988

Type:
Initiative

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 64.5%)
Topic Areas:
Civil & Constitutional Law

Summary: Click for Summary
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Establish the Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education
LB 1141 (Ballot number unknown)
Election:
General

1990

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 56.0%)
Topic Areas:
Education: Higher Ed | State Government

Summary: Click for Summary
A constitutional amendment to establish the Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education, to provide powers for the commission, and to provide for membership on the commission.


Establish the Right to Hunt, to Fish, and to Harvest Wildlife
Amendment 2
Election:
General

2012

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 76.7% (unofficial))
Topic Areas:
Animal Rights/Hunting & Fishing

Summary: Click for Summary
A vote FOR this constitutional amendment would set forth a constitutional right to hunt, to fish, and to harvest wildlife and would designate public hunting, fishing, and harvesting of wildlife as a preferred means of managing and controlling wildlife. The right set forth by this constitutional amendment would be subject to certain laws, rules, and regulations, and this constitutional amendment would not be construed to modify current laws relating to trespass or property right laws or constitutional provisions pertaining to water.



A vote AGAINST this constitutional amendment would result in the right to hunt, to fish, and to harvest wildlife not being added to the Constitution of Nebraska and public hunting, fishing, and harvesting of wildlife not being designated a preferred means of managing and controlling wildlife.

LR 40 CA


Gas tax, prohibition of diversion
Unknown2
Election:
General

1944

Type:
Initiative

Status: Fail (Yes votes: 43.0%)
Topic Areas:
Tax & Revenue | Transportation

Summary: Click for Summary
Summary not available.

[CA]


Grounds for Impeachment of a Civil Officer
Amendment 1
Election:
General

2012

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 83.0% (unofficial))
Topic Areas:
Local Government | State Government

Summary: Click for Summary
A vote FOR this constitutional amendment would authorize impeachment of civil officers for acts that occur
in pursuit of the office. Current law only allows for impeachment for acts that occur while in office.



A vote AGAINST this constitutional amendment would not authorize impeachment of civil officers for acts
that occur while the civil officer is pursuing the office.

LR 19 CA


Income tax, prohibit
Unknown
Election:
General

1968

Type:
Initiative

Status: Fail (Yes votes: 35.6%)
Topic Areas:
Tax & Revenue

Summary: Click for Summary
Summary not available.

[CA]


Increase the Amount of State Lottery Proceeds to be Distributed to the Compulsive Gamblers Assistance Fund
Proposed Amendment 3
Election:
General

2006

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Fail (Yes votes: 39%)
Topic Areas:
Budgets | Gambling & Lotteries

Summary: Click for Summary
A vote FOR this amendment will increase the allocation of state lottery proceeds to the Compulsive Gamblers Assistance Fund from $500,000 to $1,000,000.



A vote AGAINST this amendment will not increase the allocation to the Compulsive Gamblers Assistance Fund.

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Investment of Public Endowment Funds
Proposed Amendment 2
Election:
General

2006

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Fail (Yes votes: 43%)
Topic Areas:
Banking & Financial Services | Tax & Revenue

Summary: Click for Summary
A vote FOR this amendment will authorize the Legislature to permit political subdivisions to invest public endowment funds in the same manner as would a prudent investor acting with skill, care, and diligence and in such investments that the political subdivision, acting in a fiduciary capacity for the exclusive purpose of protecting and benefiting such investment, may determine, subject to limitations as the Legislature may provide.



A vote AGAINST this amendment will retain the existing, more limiting restrictions on a political subdivision’s ability to invest public endowment funds.

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Legislative Pay Increase
Constitutional Amendment 1
Election:
Primary

2006

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Fail (Yes votes: 44.8%)
Topic Areas:
Labor & Employment | Legislatures

Summary: Click for Summary
A constitutional amendment to provide for an annual salary for members of the Legislature equal to twenty-one thousand dollars in 2007 and increased annually thereafter by the change in the prior calendar year in a consumer price index designated by law, not to exceed four percent.

[CA]


Limit legislators to no more than two consecutive terms
Initiative 415
Election:
General

2000

Type:
Initiative

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 55.8%)
Topic Areas:
Legislatures | Term Limits

Summary: Click for Summary
Amends the Nebraska Constitution so as to limit members of the Nebraska Legislature to two consecutive terms. Under this amendment, no person will be eligible to serve as a member of the Nebraska Legislature for four years after the completion of two consecutive legislative terms. Legislative service prior to January 1, 2001, will not be counted for calculating consecutive terms, and service in office for more than one-half of a term will be considered
service for a full term.

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Limit on State Spending
Initiative Measure 423
Election:
General

2006

Type:
Initiative

Status: Fail (Yes votes: 30%)
Topic Areas:
Budgets

Summary: Click for Summary
Shall the Nebraska Constitution be amended to limit state spending based upon a calculation involving previous appropriations, the inflation rate and population change? The Legislature could seek voter authorization to exceed the spending limit. Appropriations subject to the limit would not include emergency appropriations and appropriations of monies from the federal government, monies from nongovernmental entities, proceeds from the sale of property, monies dedicated to pro-rata taxpayer relief and refunds, monies from user charges, income from certain permanent funds such as endowment and pension funds, and surplus funds held in reserve. Taxpaying resident could enforce the spending limit.



A vote “FOR” will amend the Nebraska Constitution to impose a state spending limit based upon a calculation involving previous appropriations, the inflation rate and population change in Nebraska.



A vote “AGAINST” will not amend the Nebraska Constitution to impose such a state spending limit.

[CA]


Limit political subdivision budget increase to 5 percent
Unknown3
Election:
General

1978

Type:
Initiative

Status: Fail (Yes votes: 44.5%)
Topic Areas:
Budgets

Summary: Click for Summary
Summary not available.

[S]


Liquor traffic, prohibition
Unknown1
Election:
General

1916

Type:
Initiative

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 55.6%)
Topic Areas:
Business & Commerce | Drug/Alcohol/Tobacco Policy

Summary: Click for Summary
Summary not available.

[CA]


Make “quality education” a fundamental constitutional right of each person
Measure 411
Election:
General

1996

Type:
Initiative

Status: Fail (Yes votes: 22.4%)
Topic Areas:
Civil & Constitutional Law | Education: PreK-12

Summary: Click for Summary
Shall the Nebraska Constitution be amended to provide that: “quality education” shall be a fundamental constitutional right of each person; the “thorough and efficient education” of all persons between the ages of 5 and 21 in the common schools shall be the “paramount duty” of the state; beginning with the 1998-1999 school year, the Legislature shall establish a school finance system which provides for thorough education in efficiently operated public schools; and that for 1998-1999 each school district shall receive at least as much per pupil funding as in 1997-1998. (Provisions severable).

[CA]


Medicaid Expansion Initiative
Initiative
Election:
General

2018

Type:
Initiative

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 53.6%)
Topic Areas:
Health

Summary: Click for Summary
The measure expands Medicaid coverage pursuant to the Affordable Care Act, expanding coverage to those under 65 and whose income is 138 percent or below of the federal poverty line and who are not eligible for other state medical insurance coverage.


Minimum Wage Increase
Initiative 425
Election:
General

2014

Type:
Initiative

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 59.2% unofficial)
Topic Areas:
Labor & Employment

Summary: Click for Summary
A vote “FOR” will amend the Nebraska statute establishing a minimum wage rate for employees
to increase the current state minimum wage from seven dollars and twenty-five cents ($7.25) per
hour to eight dollars ($8.00) per hour on January 1, 2015, and to nine dollars ($9.00) per hour
on January 1, 2016.
A vote “AGAINST” will not cause the Nebraska statute establishing a minimum wage rate for
employees to be amended in such manner.
Shall the Nebraska statute establishing a minimum wage rate for employees be amended to
increase the current state minimum wage from seven dollars and twenty-five cents ($7.25) per
hour to eight dollars ($8.00) per hour on January 1, 2015, and to nine dollars ($9.00) per hour on
January 1, 2016?


Nebraska City Armory
Unknown2
Election:
General

1914

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Fail (Yes votes: 23.3%)
Topic Areas:
Local Government

Summary: Click for Summary
Not available.

[S]


Pari-mutuel betting authorization
Unknown2
Election:
General

1934

Type:
Initiative

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 57.3%)
Topic Areas:
Gambling & Lotteries

Summary: Click for Summary
Summary not available.

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Partial repeal of primary
Unknown3
Election:
General

1922

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Fail (Yes votes: 31.4%)
Topic Areas:
Elections

Summary: Click for Summary
Summary not available.


Partial repeal of primary
Unknown
Election:
General

1920

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Fail (Yes votes: 27.1%)
Topic Areas:
Elections

Summary: Click for Summary
Summary not available.


Prohibit purchase of Nebraska farm and ranch lands by other than Nebraska family farm corporatioins
Unknown
Election:
General

1982

Type:
Initiative

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 56.4%)
Topic Areas:
Agriculture | Business & Commerce

Summary: Click for Summary
[CA]


Prohibition of liquor traffic
Unknown1
Election:
General

1944

Type:
Initiative

Status: Fail (Yes votes: 24.8%)
Topic Areas:
Business & Commerce | Drug/Alcohol/Tobacco Policy

Summary: Click for Summary
Summary not available.

[S]


Prohibition of sale of municipally owned plants except for cash, etc.
Unknown3
Election:
General

1930

Type:
Initiative

Status: Fail (Yes votes: 42.3%)
Topic Areas:
Local Government

Summary: Click for Summary
Summary not available.

[S]


Provide increased state aid for public schools
Unknown
Election:
General

1978

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Fail (Yes votes: 41.7%)
Topic Areas:
Education: PreK-12 | Tax & Revenue

Summary: Click for Summary
Summary not available.


Provide that number of signatures needed to place initiative and referendum proposals on the ballot be based on votes cast for governor in the most recent general election
Measure 410
Election:
General

1996

Type:
Initiative

Status: Fail (Yes votes: 42.4%)
Topic Areas:
Elections-Initiative Process

Summary: Click for Summary
Shall the Nebraska Constitution be amended to provide that: petitions seeking to place proposed measures on the ballot for a vote of the people be signed by registered voters equaling ten percent of the votes cast for Governor at the most recent preceding general election if for a proposed Constitutional amendment; seven percent if for enactment of a law; ten percent of such votes cast if seeking to suspend the effect of an act of the Legislature pending a vote of the people; and five percent of such votes cast if for a referendum on an act of the Legislature?

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Provides for a Right of Direct Appeal to the Supreme Court in Capital Cases
LR 8 (Ballot number unknown)
Election:
General

1990

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 67.0%)
Topic Areas:
Criminal Justice | Judiciary

Summary: Click for Summary
A constitutional amendment to provide a right of direct appeal to the Supreme Court in capital cases, to provide that the right of appeal in all other cases shall be to the appellate court or to the Supreme Court as may be provided by law, to provide for an appellate court, to authorize the Supreme Court to assign duties to judges of the appellate court, to eliminate specific provisions on the clerk and reporter of the Supreme Court, and to harmonize provisions.


Provides for the merger or consolidation of counties or other local governments, if approved by the voters
Amendment 2
Election:
General

1996

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Pass
Topic Areas:
Local Government

Summary: Click for Summary
A constitutional amendment to authorize legislation relating to mergers and consolidations by local governments, to authorize the Legislature to provide for differences in tax rates within and outside municipalities, to change a restriction on allocation of proceeds from motor vehicle taxes, to provide that property of the state and its governmental subdivisions is exempt from taxation to the extent such property is used for public purposes and to authorize classification and taxation of such property, and to repeal and eliminate provisions dealing wtih township organization and towns.


Public power districts, in lieu of taxes
Unknown1
Election:
General

1958

Type:
Initiative

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 61.5%)
Topic Areas:
Energy & Electric Utilities | Local Government

Summary: Click for Summary
Summary not available.

[CA]


Pure Food Department, creation
Unknown2
Election:
General

1916

Type:
Initiative

Status: Fail (Yes votes: 46.3%)
Topic Areas:
Business & Commerce | State Government

Summary: Click for Summary
Summary not available.

[CA]


Referendum to Repeal the Elimination of the Death Penalty
Referendum 426
Election:
General

2016

Type:
Popular Referendum

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 61.2% unofficial)
Topic Areas:
Criminal Justice

Summary: Click for Summary
Keeps the death penalty as a possible penalty for the crime of murder in the first degree by repealing Legislative Bill 268, passed in 2015 by the First Session of the 104th Nebraska Legislature.


Registration of voters
Unknown4
Election:
General

1922

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Fail (Yes votes: 35.3%)
Topic Areas:
Elections

Summary: Click for Summary
Summary not available.


Relating to the Issuing of Liquor Liceenses
Amendment 2
Election:
General

1992

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Pass
Topic Areas:
Business & Commerce | Drug/Alcohol/Tobacco Policy | Local Government

Summary: Click for Summary
A vote FOR this proposal will place in the Constitution a specific provision authorizing the governing bodies of municipalities and counties to approve, deny, suspend, cancel, or revoke retail and bottle club liquor licenses within their jurisdictions as authorized by the Legislature.



A vote AGAINST this proposal will not place the above provision in the Constitution, but will leave these powers of the municipalities and counties solely based on the statutory authority they presently have and could be granted in the future by the Legislature.


Remove the Requirement that Property be Blighted for
Purposes of Rehabilitating, Acquiring, or Redeveloping Such property through use of debt
Proposed Amendment 6
Election:
General

2006

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Fail (Yes votes: 30%)
Topic Areas:
Economic Development | Land Use/Property Rights

Summary: Click for Summary
A vote FOR this amendment will remove the requirement that property eligible for public debt and special property tax financing be substandard and blighted and allow development of property as a qualifying purpose for the use of public debt and special property tax financing. The Legislature will also be given the authority to: (1) determine the terms and conditions for use of public debt and special property tax financing; (2) authorize counties, in addition to cities and villages, to use public debt and special property tax financing; (3) authorize cities and villages to expand the use of public debt and special property tax financing beyond their boundaries; and (4) extend the pledge and payment schedule for public debt and special property tax treatment from fifteen years to thirty years under specified circumstances.



A vote AGAINST this amendment will retain the constitutional requirement that property be substandard and blighted in order to use public debt and special property tax financing, will not add development of property as a qualifying purpose, will not authorize use of public debt and special property tax financing beyond the boundaries of cities and villages, will not authorize the Legislature to expand the use of public debt and special property tax financing by counties, and will not extend the pledge and payment schedule from fifteen years to thirty years.

[CA]


Repeal of increased vehicle registration fee
Unknown2
Election:
General

1950

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 52.0%)
Topic Areas:
Tax & Revenue | Transportation

Summary: Click for Summary
Summary not available.


Repeal of incresed gas tax
Unknown1
Election:
General

1950

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 51.5%)
Topic Areas:
Tax & Revenue | Transportation

Summary: Click for Summary
Summary not available.


Repeal School District Consolidation Law
Referendum Measure 422
Election:
General

2006

Type:
Popular Referendum

Status: Fail (Yes votes: 44%)
Topic Areas:
Education: PreK-12 | Local Government

Summary: Click for Summary
[NOTE: The failing vote on this measure means that voters repealed the LB 126.]



A vote to “Retain” will retain Legislative Bill 126 enacted in 2005 by the First Session of the Ninety-Ninth Nebraska Legislature, and that bill will (1) dissolve all Class I school districts and repeal the statutes dealing with their formation; (2) attach Class I school districts to Class II,III, IV and VI school districts; (3) distribute Class I territory, assets and liabilities (except for bonded indebtedness); (4) prevent elementary attendance centers for all school districts including former Class I districts from being closed under certain circumstances; (5) provide for certain student transportation requirements; and (6) provide for aid to schools for transition and elementary improvement.



A vote to “Repeal” will repeal Legislative Bill 126 enacted in 2005 by the First Session of the Ninety-Ninth Nebraska Legislature, and that repeal will (1) eliminate provisions dissolving all Class I school districts and repealing the statutes dealing with their formation; (2) eliminate provisions attaching Class I school districts to Class II, III, IV and VI school districts; (3) eliminate provisions for the distribution of Class I territory, assets and liabilities (except for bonded indebtedness); (4) eliminate provisions which prevent elementary attendance centers for all school districts including former Class I districts from being closed under certain circumstances; (5) eliminate certain student transportation requirements; and (6) eliminate provisions for aid to schools for transition and elementary improvement.



Shall Legislative Bill 126, enacted by the First Session of the Ninety-Ninth Nebraska Legislature be retained? The purposes of Legislative Bill 126 are to: dissolve all Class I school districts and repeal the statutes dealing with their formation; attach Class I school districts to Class II, III, IV or VI school districts; distribute Class I territory, assets and liabilities (except for bonded indebtedness); prevent elementary attendance centers for all school districts from being closed under certain circumstances; provide for certain student transportation requirements; and provide for aid to schools for transition and elementary improvement.

[S]


Require deposits on beverage containers
Unknown2
Election:
General

1978

Type:
Initiative

Status: Fail (Yes votes: 43.0%)
Topic Areas:
Business & Commerce

Summary: Click for Summary
Summary not available.

[S]


Require the Public Service Commission to set access charges that local carriers charge long distance companies on a cost of service basis
Measure 414
Election:
General

1998

Type:
Initiative

Status: Fail (Yes votes: 42.2%)
Topic Areas:
Telecom & Info Technology

Summary: Click for Summary
The object of this petition is to benefit consumers by requiring long distance carriers to pass on, for the benefit of long distance customers, mandatory reductions in access charges by local exchange carriers for calls within Nebraska.

[S]


Retention of School Consolidation Law (LB 662)
Unknown1
Election:
General

1986

Type:
Popular Referendum

Status: Fail (Yes votes: 33.5%)
Topic Areas:
Education: PreK-12

Summary: Click for Summary


Retention of Seat Belt Use Law (LB 496)
Unknown2
Election:
General

1986

Type:
Popular Referendum

Status: Fail (Yes votes: 49.9%)
Topic Areas:
Civil & Constitutional Law | Transportation

Summary: Click for Summary


Retention of the Tax Equity and Educational Opportunities Support Act
Unknown3
Election:
General

1990

Type:
Popular Referendum

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 56.1%)
Topic Areas:
Tax & Revenue

Summary: Click for Summary
Would repeal all provisions of LB 1059 and 1059A. This repeal would, among other things, cancel the 25% state sales tax rate increase and the increases in the state income tax rate imposed by LB 1059.


Revenue Bonds in Support of Nonprofit Enterprises
Amendment 1
Election:
Primary

2010

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 52.5%)
Topic Areas:
Local Government

Summary: Click for Summary
A vote FOR this amendment will authorize the Legislature to permit counties, cities, and villages to acquire, own, develop, and lease or finance real and personal property for use by nonprofit enterprises for nonsectarian, nondevotional, and nonreligious purposes and to issue revenue bonds for such purpose; will prohibit the use of condemnation for acquiring such property and operation of such property as a business by the county, city, or village; and will not authorize the county, city, or village to impose any tax to repay the obligations represented by such revenue bonds.



A vote AGAINST this amendment will not authorize the Legislature to permit counties, cities, and villages to acquire, own, develop, and lease or finance real and personal property for use by nonprofit enterprises or to issue revenue bonds for such purpose.


Schools, state aid
Unknown2
Election:
General

1946

Type:
Initiative

Status: Fail (Yes votes: 28.1%)
Topic Areas:
Education: PreK-12 | Tax & Revenue

Summary: Click for Summary
Summary not available.

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Set Limits on Terms of Certain Elected State and U.S. Congressional Officials
Unknown
Election:
General

1992

Type:
Initiative

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 68.2%)
Topic Areas:
Federal Government | Legislatures | State Government | Term Limits

Summary: Click for Summary
A vote FOR will create a constitutional limit on the number of consecutive terms in office for various elected state officials; and will prohibit Nebraska’s Representatives in Congress and the U.S. Senate from being listed on the ballot after serving a specified number of consecutive terms.



A vote AGAINST will not create such constitutional limits on terms and ballot listing.



Shall the Nebraska Constitution be amended to: (1) set limits of two consecutive terms in office for Nebraska Legislators, the Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, Auditor of Public Accounts, Treasurer, Attorney General, Public Service Commissioners, State Board of Education members; and (2) prohibit persons who have served four consecutive terms as a Representative in Congress or two consecutive terms in the U.S. Senate from being listed on any official ballot for re-election. Terms currently being served would not be counted in applying these restrictions.



NOTE: Declared void by the Nebraska Supreme Court in 1994.

[CA]


Set Limits on Terms of Certain Elected State and U.S. Congressional Officials
Measure 408
Election:
General

1994

Type:
Initiative

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 67.7%)
Topic Areas:
Federal Government | Legislatures | State Government | Term Limits

Summary: Click for Summary
A vote FOR will create a constitutional limit on the number of consecutive terms in office for various elected state and local officials, and will prohibit Nebraska’s Representatives in Congress and the U.S. Senate from being listed on the ballot after serving a specified number of consecutive terms.



NOTE: U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in U.S. Term Limits v. Thornton (1995) rendered the limits on members of Congress unconstitutional. In 1996, the Nebraska Supreme Court ruled in Duggan v. Beerman that the Congressional limits in the initiative were not severable, and therefore, the whole of Measure 408 was unconstitutional.

[CA]


Slot machines, licensing
Unknown
Election:
General

1938

Type:
Initiative

Status: Fail (Yes votes: 25.7%)
Topic Areas:
Gambling & Lotteries

Summary: Click for Summary
Summary not available.

[CA]


Soldiers’ bonus
Unknown
Election:
General

1948

Type:
Initiative

Status: Fail (Yes votes: 48.0%)
Topic Areas:
Military & Veterans Affairs

Summary: Click for Summary
Summary not available.

[S]


State aid to schools
Unknown
Election:
General

1974

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Fail (Yes votes: 41.5%)
Topic Areas:
Education: PreK-12 | Tax & Revenue

Summary: Click for Summary
Summary not available.


State police
Unknown
Election:
General

1932

Type:
Initiative

Status: Fail (Yes votes: 39.9%)
Topic Areas:
State Government

Summary: Click for Summary
Summary not available.

[S]


State property tax, termination of
Unknown2
Election:
General

1966

Type:
Initiative

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 50.9%)
Topic Areas:
Tax & Revenue

Summary: Click for Summary
Summary not available.

[CA]


Taxation of Agricultural and Horticultural Land
LR 2 (Ballot number unknown)
Election:
General

1990

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 61.3%)
Topic Areas:
Agriculture | Tax & Revenue

Summary: Click for Summary
A constitutional amendment to authorize the legislature to provide that agricultural land and horticultural land, as defined by the legislature, constitute a separate and distinct class of property for purposes of taxation and that such land may be taxed by a method which results in values that are not uniform and proportionate with all other tangible property and franchises but which results in values that are uniform and proportionate upon all property within the class of agricultural land and horticultural land and to eliminate a provision permitting separate and distinct classification of such property.


To enact a statute that permits communities to authorize gaming, establishes the numbers of such casinos and gaming devices which may be operated, and a Nebraska Gaming Commission to regulate gaming
Initiative Measure 420
Election:
General

2004

Type:
Initiative

Status: Fail (Yes votes: 47.2%)
Topic Areas:
Gambling & Lotteries

Summary: Click for Summary
Shall a statute be enacted which: (1) permits communities to authorize (A) all games of chance at casinos in hotels near the border in metropolitan class cities, (B) the use of gaming devices at casinos, strategic premises where at least 250 of such devices are operated, and racetracks, and (C) the use of limited gaming devices at casinos, strategic premises, racetracks and establishments which sell alcoholic liquor for consumption on the premises; (2) establishes the numbers of such casinos and gaming devices which may be operated in various locations; and (3) establishes a Nebraska Gaming Commission to regulate such gaming.



A vote FOR will enact a statute which permits communities to: (1) authorize all games of chance including slot machines, table games, counter games or card games at casinos in hotels in metropolitan class cities within 2 miles of the Nebraska border; (2) authorize the use of electronic, mechanical or other gaming devices at casinos, strategic premises where at least 250 of such devices are operated, and racetracks; and (3) authorize the use of limited gaming devices which do not dispense currency or tokens and which do not have a cash winnings hopper, mechanical or simulated spinning reels or a side handle at casinos, strategic premises, racetracks and establishments which sell alcoholic liquor for consumption on the premises. The statute will also establish the numbers of such casinos and gaming devices which may be operated in various locations and establish a Nebraska Gaming Commission to regulate such gaming.



A vote AGAINST will not cause such a statute to be enacted.


To enact a statute that provides for taxation and distribution of gaming proceeds and establishes an annual gaming license fee on each operator per permitted location
Initiative Measure 419
Election:
General

2004

Type:
Initiative

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 51.2%)
Topic Areas:
Gambling & Lotteries

Summary: Click for Summary
Shall a statute be enacted which: (1) establishes an annual tax on gross gaming revenue generated at permitted locations of 36% of the first $15 million and 20% of gross gaming revenue exceeding $15 million; (2) distributes 75% of gaming tax revenues from casinos to the State and 25% to the community authorizing such gaming; (3) distributes 25% of gaming tax revenues at other permitted locations to the State and 75% to the authorizing community or communities; (4) establishes a $100 annual gaming license fee on each operator per permitted location?



A vote FOR will enact a statute which: (1) establishes an annual tax on gross gaming revenue generated at permitted locations (defined as locations where authorized operators operate games of chance, including casinos, strategic premises, racetracks, and on-premises establishments) of 36% of the first $15 million of gross gaming revenue and 20% of gross gaming revenue in excess of $15 million; (2) distributes 75% of gaming tax revenues from casinos to the State General Fund and 25% to the community authorizing such casino gaming; (3) distributes 25% of gaming tax revenues at other permitted locations to the State General Fund and 75% to the authorizing community or communities, pro rata; and (4) establishes an annual gaming license fee of $100 on each operator per permitted location.



A vote AGAINST will not cause such a statute to be enacted.


Ton mile tax
Unknown
Election:
General

1956

Type:
Initiative

Status: Fail (Yes votes: 43.6%)
Topic Areas:
Tax & Revenue | Transportation

Summary: Click for Summary
Summary not available.

[S]


University Removal
Unknown3
Election:
General

1914

Type:
Initiative

Status: Fail (Yes votes: 31.1%)
Topic Areas:
Education: Higher Ed

Summary: Click for Summary
Not available.

[S]


Withdraw Nebraska from Central Interstate Low-Level Radioactive Waste Compact
Unknown1
Election:
General

1988

Type:
Initiative

Status: Fail (Yes votes: 35.2%)
Topic Areas:
Environmental Protection

Summary: Click for Summary
[S]


Women’s Suffrage, Authorization
Unknown4
Election:
General

1914

Type:
Initiative

Status: Fail (Yes votes: 47.4%)
Topic Areas:
Civil & Constitutional Law | Elections

Summary: Click for Summary
Not available.

[CA]


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