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Bond Question A  - Senior Citizen Facility Bonds

Question: Shall the state be authorized to issue general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed $14,725,000 to make capital expenditures for certain senior citizen facility improvements, construction and equipment acquisition projects and provide for a general property tax imposition and levy for the payment of principal of, interest on and expeses incurred in connection with the issuance of the bons and the collection of the tax as permitted by law?

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Bond Question B - Library Acquisitions Bonds

Question: Shall the state be authorized to issue general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed 11,019,000 to make capital expenditures for academic, public and tribal library acquistions and provide for a general property tax imposition and levy for the payment of principal of, interest on and expenses incurred in connection with the issuance of the bonds and the collection of the tax as permitted by law?

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Bond Question C - Health Facility Bonds

Question: Shall the state be authorized to issue general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed $57,925,000 to make capital expenditures for cancer research and treatment facilities, other statewide and regional health facilities, educational facilities for statewide dental services and public health and behavioral health facilities and provide for a general property tax imposition and levy for the payment of principal of, interest on, and expenses incurred in connection with the issuance of the bonds and the collection of the tax as permitted by law?

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Bond Question D - Higher Education and Special Schools Bonds

Question: Shall the state be authorized to issue general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed $140,133,000 to make capital expenditures for certain higher educational and special schools capital improvements and acquisitions and provide for a general property tax imposition and levy for the payment of principal of, interest on and expenses incurred in connection with the issuance of the bonds and the collection of the tax as permitted by law?

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Constitutional Amendment 1 - School Board Membership and Elections

Summary: An amendment to the constitution to increase the size of school boards in school districts with a population greater than 200,000 from seven to nine members. It would also require that elections in school districts with a population greater than 200,000 be conducted by mail-in ballot or as otherwise provided by law.

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Constitutional Amendment 2 - Midterm Salary Increases for County Officers

Summary: Currently the constitution provides that salaries of county officers cannot be increased during their term of office. This amendment would allow county commissions to give midterm salary increases to county officers such as the sheriff, assessor, treasurer, clerk, surveyor and probate judge. It would also allow county commissioners to give themselves a midterm raise.

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Constitutional Amendment 3 - Confirmation of Heads of Cabinet Level Departmentts and Agencies

Summary: Currently law requires that cabinet secretaries be confirmed by the state senate, but, once confirmed, a secretary serves at the pleasure of the governor. The amendment would add a new section that would require that the heads of all cabinet-level departments or agencies whose appointment is subject to confirmation by the state senate be reconfirmed at the beginning of each term of a governor.

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Constitutional Amendment 4 - School Elections Held with Non-partisan Elections

Summary: This amendment would allow school elections to be held at the same time as non-partisan elections. The constitution currently prohibits school elections from being held with any other election. Non-partisan elections include municipal elections, bond elections, hospital elections, conservancy district elections and other special district elections.

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Constitutional Amendment 5 - Filling a Vacancy in the Lieutenant Governor's Office

Summary: This amendment would provide that in the case of a vacancy in the office of the lieutenant governor, the governor will fill the vacancy by appointment, subject to the consent of an absolute majority of the senate. Current law does not provide a procedure for filling a vacancy in the lieutenant governor's position.

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