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2010 Ballot Measures Results

(Totals as of noon Nov. 16)

Amends the state Constitution to state that no rule or law shall require, directly or indirectly, any person, employer or health care provider to participate in any health care system. It bans any law that penalizes a person or employer for paying directly for health care services or that penalizes a health care provider for accepting direct payments. In effect, it bans any law that would penalize a person, employer or health care provider for not participating in a health care system. Similarly, no law or rule shall restrict or limit the sale or purchase of health care insurance. Referred by the Legislature (HCR2014, 2009 Regular Session).

YES: 55.28% (892,690)
NO: 44.72% (722,299)


Amends the state Constitution to prohibit preferential treatment for or against any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity or national origin in the areas of public employment, public education or public contracting. Provides exemptions to remain eligible for federal grants, for programs which impose bona fide qualifications based on sex and in cases where a court order or consent decree mandates preferential treatment. Referred by the Legislature (HCR2019, 2009 Regular Session).

YES: 59.51% (952,084)
NO: 40.49% (647,711)


Amends the state Constitution to state that citizens of Arizona have a constitutional right to hunt, fish and harvest wildlife; that exclusive authority to regulate hunting and fishing are vested with the Legislature; and that lawful hunting and fishing are the preferred means of managing and controlling wildlife in the state. Referred by the Legislature (HCR2008, 2010 Regular Session).

YES: 43.52% (714,142)
NO: 56.48% (926,988)


Amends the state Constitution to specifically permit the state to exchange or dispose of trust land or to restrict its interest or rights in trust land in order to assist in the preservation and protection of military installations in the state. This amendment will also permit the state to exchange trust land for land of equal or greater value for land management reasons. Referred by the Legislature (SCR1047, 2010 Regular Session).

YES: 49.71% (792,392)
NO: 50.29% (801,667)


Amends the state Constitution to change the name of the office of Secretary of State to Lieutenant Governor. The offices of Governor and Lieutenant Governor are to be determined separately in the primary election, and the primary winners will run as a team in the general election. Effective for the 2014 election. [Note: This amendment does not alter the line of succession, which already states the elected secretary of state is first in line of succession if the governor cannot complete a term of office.] Referred by the Legislature (SCR1013, 2010 Regular Session).

YES: 40.77% (655,250)
NO: 59.23% (951,817)


Amends the state Constitution to require initiative petitions for ballot

Propositions be filed with the Secretary of State’s Office six months before the general election, instead of four months. The effect will be to require petitions to be filed in early May instead of early July. Referred by the Legislature (HCR2018, 2010 Regular Session).

YES: 50.00% (792,697)
NO: 50.00% (792,820)
Note: Total is within the recount margin of 200 votes.


Amends the state Constitution to state that the right to vote by secret ballot in elections dealing with employee representation is fundamental and that, if the law permits or requires an election to form a union, voting must be done by secret ballot. Referred by the Legislature (SCR1001, 2010 9th Special Session).

YES: 60.46% (978,106)
NO: 39.54% (639,690)


Amends statute to provide for the medical use of marijuana by sufferers of a “debilitating medical condition,” defined as cancer, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, ALS or other disease with stated debilitating symptoms or whose treatment produces stated side effects. A qualifying patient with a written certificate issued by a physician may apply to the Department of Health Services for a Marijuana Registry Card which, if granted, permits the person, or a registered caregiver, to purchase marijuana from licensed, nonprofit dispensaries. The dispensary, after consulting a stateoperated, secure, online database to verify the eligibility of the person, may supply up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana not more than once in any 14-day period. Provisions are also written to permit the patient to grow up to 12 marijuana plants as long as they are cultivated in an enclosed, locked facility. The state or any insurance plan is not required to consider marijuana as a covered or reimbursable expense. Costs incurred by the state in implementing the provisions of this initiative shall be covered by fees collected from dispensaries and patients, fines assessed for violations of these provisions and donations received. Contains various rules, conditions, exceptions and a severability clause.

Proposed by initiative petitions circulated by the Arizona Medical Marijuana Policy Project.

YES: 50.13% (841,346)
NO: 49.87% (837,005)


Amends statute to cause all money in the Land Conservation Fund to revert to the state General Fund. [Note: In 1998, the Legislature passed the Growing Smarter Act, and in that year’s general election, voters approved an annual ap

Propriation of $20 million to purchase and conserve open space in or near urban areas. The Land Conservation Fund consists of those annual ap

Propriations plus money received as donations.] Legislative staff estimates a current balance of approximately $125 million in the fund. Referred by the Legislature (HCR2002, 2010 7th Special Session).

YES: 25.99% (416,322)
NO: 74.01% (1,185,457)


Repeals statutes establishing the Early Childhood Development and Health Board and sweeps all unencumbered money remaining in its accounts and all future revenue into the state General Fund. The taxes imposed to fund programs approved by the Board are not repealed by this

Proposition; however, use of the money is restricted to health and human services for children. [Note: In 2006, voters approved

Proposition 203, which imposed additional taxes on tobacco products to pay for programs for early childhood development. Tax revenue from

Prop. 203 is approximately $125 million per year. The measure was popularly known as First Things First.] Legislative staff estimates a current available balance of approximately $325 million in the Board’s accounts. Referred by the Legislature (HCR2002, 2010 7th Special Session).

YES: 30.10% (492,058)
NO: 69.90% (1,142,741)

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