Voters approve smoking ban
Nevada decided Tuesday they didn’t want legalized marijuana sold at state-sanctioned pot shops and approved constitutional amendments raising Nevada’s minimum wage and curbing government seizures of private property.
Question 7, to legalize adult possession of up to 1 ounce of marijuana and require the state to set up procedures to tax and regulate its sale failed, 58 percent to 42 percent with more than half the expected votes counted.
Question 6, setting Nevada’s minimum wage at $1 above the federal standard, was given final approval after it was overwhelming embraced by voters in 2004. Question 2, setting new restrictions on eminent domain, must be approved again in 2008.
Nevadans also appeared to favor the more restrictive of competing measures to limit exposure to secondhand smoke.
Questions 4 and 5 both sought to restrict smoking in public places, but to varying degrees. With about half the votes tallied, Question 4 was narrowly failing, while Question 5, which imposes tougher limits on secondhand smoke, was passing.
Question 1, requiring lawmakers to fund education before other state budgets, also was favored in partial returns.
Three other proposed constitutional amendments were passed by the 2003 and 2005 legislatures and put to voters Tuesday for final approval.
Question 11, allowing lawmakers to be paid for each day they are in session instead of the current 60-day limit, was rejected. Question 10 authorizing lawmakers to call themselves into special session was failing, while Question 9, to reduce the size of the Board of Regents from 13 members to nine, was too close to call.
Question 8 to amend the state’s sales tax to exempt farm machinery while expanding exemptions for the trade-in value of used vehicles also was approved by an overwhelming margin.
Election 06: Ballot questions
Constitutional Amendment Initiatives
Yes 54.78 percent; 300,948
No 45.22 percent; 248,443
Nevada property owner’s bill of rights
Yes 62.99 percent; 340,224
No 37 percent; 199,879
Responsibly Protect Nevadans from Second-Hand Smoke Act
No 52 percent; 287,989
Yes 47.99 percent; 265,728
Clean Indoor Air Act
Yes 54 percent; 299,777
No 45.97 percent; 255,062
Raise the Minimum Wage for Working Nevadans Act
Yes 68.74 percent; 381,097
No 31.26 percent; 173,300
Regulation of Marijuana Initiative
No 55.87 percent; 309,876
Yes 44.13 percent; 244,727
2005 Legislative Resolutions/Bills
AB 554 Sales and Use Tax
Yes 68.75 percent; 370,599
No 31.25 percent; 168,461
AJR 11 Board of Regents
No 50.61 percent; 266,936
Yes 49.39 percent; 260,537
AJR 13 Legislators Call Special Session
No 52.32 percent; 276,217
Yes 47.68 percent; 251,764
SJR 11 Legislators Paid Every Day of Session
No 70.17 percent; 376,158
Yes 29.83 percent; 159,939