The Constitution fixes the mileage reimbursement rate for legislators at five cents per mile for their travel to and from a legislative session. Constitutional Amendment G would repeal this constitutional limitation. A vote "Yes" will change the Constitution. A vote "No" will leave the Constitution as it is.
The Constitution limits "corporations" to business entities with powers or privileges not possessed by individuals or partnerships. The Constitution also requires the payment of money, property or labor for issuance of corporate stock and bonds; prohibits the increase of corporate stock and debt without consent of stockholders holding a larger value of stock first obtained; and protects cumulative voting rights of stockholders. Constitutional Amendment H would repeal the above provisions and permit a 2008 Legislative Session bill (HB 1139) to become law. The new law would allow a corporation to restrict cumulative voting and to issue corporate stock for any consideration determined to be adequate by its board of directors. A vote "Yes" will change the Constitution. A vote "No" will leave the Constitution as it is.
The Constitution limits the length of regular legislative sessions held during odd-numbered years to no more than forty legislative days, and those held during even-numbered years to no more than thirty-five legislative days. Constitutional Amendment I would set all regular legislative sessions at a maximum of forty legislative days. A vote "Yes" will change the Constitution. A vote "No" will leave the Constitution as it is.
The Constitution establishes term limits for legislators. No legislator may serve in the state house of representatives or the state senate for more than four consecutive terms, or a total of eight consecutive years. Constitutional Amendment J would repeal legislator term limits.A vote "Yes" will change the Constitution.A vote "No" will leave the Constitution as it is.
State and federal law regulates the purchase and sale of stocks and other securities. A common "stock market" transaction is a "short sale" where, for example, an investor who believes a publicly traded stock is over-priced will borrow that stock from an owner, sell the borrowed stock, and repurchase the stock later at a lower price to repay the loan, thereby making money if the price has fallen. If the price goes up, the investor must repurchase the stock at the higher price to repay the loan, and will lose money. Measure 9 would prohibit short sales. State law currently does not regulate the time frame for the delivery of securities upon sale. Measure 9 would prohibit anyone from routinely taking longer than three business days to deliver securities they have sold. If adopted, Measure 9 will likely be challenged in court and may be declared to be preempted by federal law and the United States Constitution. A vote "Yes" will adopt the proposed law. A vote "No" will reject the proposed law.
State law prohibits the acceptance of campaign contributions from all government and tribal entities, expenditure of public funds to support or oppose ballot measures, and certain state and county contracts which financially benefit legislators. Measure 10 would prohibit state and local governments, their officers, employees, independent contractors, consultants and candidates, from using government revenues or resources for campaigning or lobbying. Some communications and appearances before legislators and public bodies are exempted. It would prohibit persons who employ legislators or recent legislators from obtaining government contracts. It would prohibit, until two years after contract termination: some public officers, candidates and their agents from soliciting, accepting or directing contributions from some holders of competitively bid government contracts and their family members; and no-bid government contract holders, their officers, employees, agents, vendors and family members from making contributions to, or independent expenditures for, all candidate campaigns. The Secretary of State would be required to summarize government contracts over $500 on its website. If approved, all or part of Measure 10 will likely be challenged in court and may be declared to be in violation of the United States Constitution. If so, the State may be required to pay attorney fees and costs. A vote "Yes" will adopt the proposed law. A vote "No" will reject the proposed law.
Currently a woman may obtain an abortion during the first 24 weeks of pregnancy. Beyond 24 weeks, abortions may be performed only if necessary to preserve the life or health of the woman. Measure 11 would prohibit all abortions performed by medical procedures or substances administered to terminate a pregnancy, except for: abortions medically necessary to prevent death or the serious risk of substantial and irreversible impairment of a major bodily organ or system of the woman; and abortions to terminate a pregnancy of less than 20 weeks resulting from rape or incest reported to law enforcement. When an abortion is performed as a result of reported rape or incest, the woman must consent to biological sampling from herself and the embryo or fetus for DNA testing by law enforcement. Measure 11 would allow the provision of contraception substances prior to the time pregnancy can be determined by conventional medical testing, or assistance in obtaining abortions in states where the procedure is legal. If approved, Measure 11 will likely be challenged in court and may be declared to be in violation of the United States Constitution. The State may be required to pay attorneys fees and costs. A vote "Yes" will adopt the proposed law. A vote "No" will reject the proposed law.