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State Constitutional Amendments Considered

This list of proposed constitutional amendments was originally compiled by the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State, and has been augmented with links to the original ballot language. The list can be sorted by year, and by whether the amendments were accepted or rejected.

Since statehood, 213 proposed constitutional amendments have been voted on by the electorate and 120 of them have been adopted. One proposed constitutional amendment will be on the ballot in 2016.

The ratification process for constitutional amendments changed in 1898, as described by the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State:

"From 1858 until 1898, the Minnesota Constitution required that a proposed amendment be approved by a simple majority of both chambers af the legislature and then ratified by a simple majority of the voters at the next general election who voted “yes” or “no” on the proposed amendment. The total number of voters who cast any ballot at the election did not determine whether an amendment was approved or rejected. The total election vote figures set forth below for 1858 through 1898 are for historical information only.

"Since 1898, the Minnesota Constitution has required that a constitutional amendment be approved by a simple majority of both chambers of the legislature at one session, and then ratified by “a majority of all the electors voting at the election,” whether or not the voter casts a “yes” or “no” vote on a proposed amendment. (Article IX, Section 1 of the Constitution of Minnesota). Therefore, although the following table may indicate that more votes were cast to approve an amendment than the votes cast to reject the amendment, the amendment may still have failed because a majority of all voters at the election did not cast a “yes” vote."

For more information on the amendment process and analysis of Minnesota constitutional amendments, see:

Ballot
Year
Purpose Adopted or Rejected 'Yes' Votes 'No' Votes Total Votes in Election Ballot Language
2016To authorize a council to establish salaries for legislators.N/ANot AvailableNot AvailableNot Available2013 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 124
2012To require all voters to present valid photo identification to voteR1,362,0091,539,0442,950,780t2012 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 167
2012To provide that only a union of one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in MinnesotaR1,399,9161,510,4342,950,780t2011 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 88
2008To protect our natural resources and preserve Minnesota’s arts and cultural heritage by increasing the sales and use tax rate beginning July 1, 2009, by three-eights of one percent on taxable sales until the year 2034A1,635,0461,141,5402,920,214t2008 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 151
2006To dedicate the motor vehicle sales tax to highways and public transportation.A1,270,042837,8392,217,719v2005 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 88
1998To extend use of lottery for environmental trust fund.A1,556,895460,7472,105,343t1998 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 342
1998To abolish the office of state treasurer.A1,087,789855,8532,105,343t1998 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 387 (Art. 1 Sec. 3)
1998To preserve hunting and fishing heritage.A1,570,720462,7492,105,343t1998 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 392
1996To provide for recall of elected state officials.A1,833,523248,7782,211,161t1996 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 469
1996To authorize a bonus for Persian Gulf War veterans.A1,334,409740,0392,211,161t1996 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 429
1994To permit off-track wagering on horse racing in a manner prescribed by law.R841,277847,8021,794,618t1994 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 626
1990To dedicate 40 percent of the state lottery proceeds to the environment and natural resources trust fund until the year 2001.A1,388,105329,8061,843,104t1990 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 610
1988To establish a Minnesota Environmental and Natural Resources Trust Fund for environmental, natural resources, and wildlife purposes.A1,645,090375,7522,125,119t1988 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 690
1988To permit the legislature to authorize a lottery operated by the state.A1,214,032843,3072,125,119t1988 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 690
1988To allow the use of juries of fewer 12 members in civil and nonfelony cases.A1,205,730806,7662,125,119t1988 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 716
1984To allow the exchange of state-owned lands for other lands owned by state or local governments.A1,176,809611,2002,114,842t1984 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 643
1984To remove restrictions on the investment of the permanent school fund and to allow the limits on the investment of the fund and the apportionment of the returns on the investment to school districts to be set by law.A1,139,390631,3782,114,842t1984 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 482
1982To allow the creation of a court of appeals.A1,304,127385,7381,834,737t1982 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 501
1982To remove restrictions on the interest rate for and the amount of trunk highway bonds.A1,103,221563,8651,834,737t1982 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 510
1982To permit the legislature to authorize on-track pari-mutuel betting on horse racing.A1,108,255624,7211,834,737t1982 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 518
1982To provide state bonding authority for the improvement and rehabilitation of railroad facilities.A1,201,321492,7361,834,737t1982 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 600
1980To require campaign spending limits for executive and legislative offices and public disclosure of campaign spending for all state candidates.A1,457,454398,5512,079,411t1980 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 587
1980To remove restrictions on the interest rate for and the amount of highway bonds.R964,212823,1922,079,411t1980 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 549
1980To remove requirement of senate approval for notaries public.R944,883850,2512,079,411t1980 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 592
1980To establish a bipartisan reapportionment commission.R1,036,581754,9352,079,411t1980 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 588
1980To establish initiative and referendum.R970,407854,1642,079,411t1980 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 587
1976To permit proceeds from increases in motor fuel taxes to be placed in the general fund; to remove restrictions on interest rate for and amount of highway bonds.R552,5431,134,8471,978,590t1975 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 203
1974To revise organization and language of constitution.A815,064311,7811,296,209t1974 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 409
1974To ease vote requirement for amending constitution.R638,775474,5191,296,209t1974 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 457
1974To allow legislature to determine railroad taxes.A741,353372,1581,296,209t1974 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 467
1972To allow flexible legislative sessions.A968,088603,3851,773,838t1971 1st Sp. Sess Laws of Minnesota Chapter 26
1972To reorganize the state judicial system; to provide for appointment of clerks of district court; to authorize discipline and removal ofA1,012,916531,8311,773,838t1971 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 957
1972To provide for the joint election of the governor and lieutenant governor; to remove the lieutenant governor as the presiding officer of the senate.A1,064,580503,3421,773,838t1971 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 958
1972To authorize bonus payment for Vietnam veterans.A1,131,921477,4731,773,838t1971 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 959
1970To reduce voting age requirement from 21 to 19 years; to provide an age requirement of 21 years to hold public office.A700,449582,8901,388,525t1969 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 996
1970To authorize the legislature to define or limit categories of tax-exempt property.A969,774287,8581,388,525t1969 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 925
1968To allow legislature to present bills to governor within three days after legislature adjourns; allowing governor 14 days to sign or veto such bills.A1,044,418316,9161,601,515t1967 1st Sp. Sess Laws of Minnesota Chapter 51
1968To allow legislators to assume another elective or appointive office upon resignation from the legislature.A1,012,235359,0881,601,515t1967 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 869
1966To allow legislators to seek election to other offices and to provide resignation procedure for legislators.R575,967471,4271,312,288t1965 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 689
1964To prevent amendment or repeal of taconite tax policies for 25 years; to authorize legislature to impose limitations for not more than 25 years on taxation of copper and nickel mining.A1,272,590204,1331,586,173t1963 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 99
1964To remove obsolete language from constitution.A1,089,798254,2161,586,173t1963 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 870
1962To consolidate the swamp land fund and the permanent school fund; to set distribution requirements and investment restrictions.A828,880288,4901,267,502t1961 1st Sp. Sess Laws of Minnesota Chapter 14
1962To allow state to contract long- and short-term debts for public improvements upon approval of 3/5 of both houses of the legislature.A728,255385,7231,267,502t1961 1st Sp. Sess Laws of Minnesota Chapter 99
1962To remove restrictions on length of legislative sessions.A706,761393,5381,267,502t1961 1st Sp. Sess Laws of Minnesota Chapter 100
1960To extend the legislative session; to restrict the time during which bills can be introduced; to set qualifications for legislators running for other elective offices.R763,434501,4291,577,509t1959 1st Sp. Sess Laws of Minnesota Chapter 89
1960To allow an extra legislative session for reapportionment if reapportionment is not completed during the regular session.R600,797661,0091,577,509t1959 1st Sp. Sess Laws of Minnesota Chapter 47
1960To provide for succession to the office of governor: to provide for continuity of government in emergencies caused by enemy attack.A974,486305,2451,577,509t1959 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 680
1960To prescribe the place where a person moving to a new precinct within 30 days before an election may vote; eliminating obsolete provisions on the voting rights of persons of Indian blood.A993,186302,2171,577,509t1959 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 696
1958To authorize the legislature to revise and consolidate provisions relating to local government, home rule and special laws.A712,552309,8481,178,173t1957 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 809
1958To provide for four-year terms for state constitutional officers to take effect for terms beginning in 1963.A641,887382,5051,178,173t1957 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 813
1958To permit members of the legislature to hold certain elective and nonelective state offices.R576,300430,1121,178,731t1957 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 922
1956To permit the legislature to reorganize the judicial power of the state.A939,957307,1781,443,856t1955 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 881
1956To authorize the consolidation of present trunk highway articles and sections, to increase state aid and supervision of public highways; to permit tax of motor vehicles and fuel; to apportion funds for highway purposes 62-29-9 to state and local highways.A1,060,063230,7071,443,856t1955 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 882
1956To authorize the legislature to divert 50% of the occupation mining tax proceeds earmarked for education from permanent trust funds to current educational needs.A1,084,627209,3111,443,856t1955 1st Sp. Sess Laws of Minnesota Chapter 6
1954To provide for a 60% popular vote before a new state constitution can be ratified and to remove constitutional bar precluding members of the legislature from serving in a constitutional convention.A638,818266,4341,168,101t1953 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 761
1954To permit gubernatorial appointments in case of vacancy in certain offices to run until end of term or January 1 to eliminate need for election to short terms.A636,237282,2121,168,101t1953 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 762
1954To permit legislature to extend probate jurisdiction by a 2/3 vote.A610,138303,8381,168,101t1953 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 759
1954To authorize the legislature to limit the liability of stockholders of state banks.A624,611290,0391,168,101t1953 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 760
1952To authorize a change in the investment and loan requirements governing permanent school and university funds.R604,384500,4901,460,326t1951 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 721
1952To provide for a 60% popular majority of voters voting on the question before a new state constitution can be considered legally ratified by the electorate.R656,618424,4921,460,326t1951 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 722
1952To clarify meaning of who shall be entitled to vote.R716,670371,5081,460,326t1951 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 723
1952To permit legislature to extend probate jurisdiction by a 2/3 vote.R646,608443,0051,460,326t1951 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 724
1952To provide for a 65-10-25 apportionment of excise tax on motor vehicles.R580,316704,3361,460,326t1951 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 725
1950To authorize forestry management funds by diverting certain proceeds (25%) from the public land trust fund.R367,013465,2391,067,967t1949 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 746
1950To authorize diversion of 1% of the proceeds of the occupation mining tax to the veterans’ compensation fund.A594,092290,8701,067,967t1949 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 643
1950To provide for a 50-44-6 apportionment of the excise tax on petroleum products.R420,530456,3461,067,967t1949 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 747
1948To provide for 50-50 apportionment of excise tax on petroleum products.R534,538539,2241,257,804t1947 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 639
1948To authorize submission of two or more amendments without requiring voters to voteR319,667621,5231,257,804t1947 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 640
1948To authorize 2/3 of the legislature to call for a constitutional convention without submitting the question to the voters.R294,842641,0131,257,804t1947 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 641
1948To authorize the state to pay a veterans’ bonus.A664,703420,5181,257,804t1947 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 642
1944To authorize state construction and operation of airports; to authorize taxes on aircraft fuel and aircraft sales.A737,091264,1491,195,397t1943 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 666
1942To change requirements for investment or loan of permanent school and permanent university funds.A415,012190,563818,182t1941 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 171
1942To simplify and reduce the expense of publishing amendments to city and village charters.A459,868144,842818,182t1941 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 555
1940To change requirements for publication of proposed amendments to city and village charters.R635,815287,2861,301,573t1939 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 447
1938To authorize the legislature to exchange state public lands for federal lands.A609,046259,0071,144,926t1937 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 492
1938To change requirements for publication of proposed amendments to city and village charters.R488,370260,1521,144,926t1937 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 493
1936To authorize the legislature to exchange state public lands for federal lands.R448,917397,1061,164,268t1935 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 393
1936To exempt personal property from state tax.R355,588543,8471,164,268t1935 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 394
1934To define “academies, colleges, universities and seminaries of learning” to mean, for tax purposes, property actually used in instruction and housing of students.R472,374247,1661,064,332t1933 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 444
1934To authorize legislature to add new routes to trunk highway system.R509,074279,8771,064,332t1933 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 439
1934To authorize taxation of lands acquired through rural credit system.R496,017215,6231,064,332t1933 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 441
1934To exempt all household goods and farm machinery and equipment from taxation.A630,125181,1261,064,332t1933 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 442
1934To authorize the legislature to exchange state public lands for federal lands.R468,617216,7601,064,332t1933 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 443
1932To authorize taxation of income, franchises and privileges of railroad companies; to authorize legislation to make taxation of national banking associations conform to federal law.R420,052409,9241,054,203t1931 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 420
1932To authorize taxation of motor vehicles of companies paying taxes under the gross earnings taxation system.A537,292227,6341,054,203t1931 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 418
1932To authorize the legislature to exchange state public lands for federal lands.R433,913258,2571,054,203t1931 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 417
1932To authorize the taxation of lands acquired through rural credit system.R468,101261,8561,054,203t1931 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 419
1930To provide two elective associate supreme court justices to replace appointed court commissioners.A428,013130,833828,401t1929 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 430
1930To authorize the legislature to exchange state public lands for federal lands.R378,716174,231828,401t1929 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 431
1930To authorize the legislature to limit the liability of stockholders in corporations.A486,818135,345828,401t1929 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 429
1928To place revenue generated by motor fuel tax 2/3 in trunk highway fund and 1/3 in bridge fund.A542,796346,1091,070,274t1927 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 445
1928To authorize the legislature to limit the liability of stockholders in corporations.R506,065223,7251,070,274t1927 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 444
1926To fix the number of justices on the state supreme court.R331,964148,784722,781t1925 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 428
1926To authorize enactment of laws promoting forestation and reforestation of public and private lands.A383,003127,592722,781t1925 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 427
1926To authorize the legislature to limit the liability of stockholders in corporations.R323,322140,422722,781t1925 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 429
1924To place revenue generated by excise taxes on motor fuels in trunk highway fund.A520,769197,455869,151t1923 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 447
1924To change requirements for publication of proposed amendments to city and village charters.R246,414200,391869,151t1923 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 448
1924To establish state-owned and operated public terminal grain elevators.R253,732257,492869,151t1923 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 449
1924To authorize enactment of laws promoting forestation and reforestation of public and private lands, including irrepealable provisions for forest land tax and a yield tax on timber products.R428,407143,977869,151t1923 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 450
1924To authorize state expenditure to prevent forest fires, including compulsory taxation, clearing and improvement of public and private wild lands.A460,965143,518869,151t1923 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 451
1922To establish a state rural credit system to aid agricultural development.A534,31073,917714,630t1921 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 528
1922To tax mining of iron and other ores.A474,69791,011714,630t1921 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 529
1920To provide a state trunk highway system.A526,936199,603797,945t1919 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 530
1920To extend terms of probate judges to four years.A446,959171,414797,945t1919 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 531
1920To authorize state income tax and to change provisions on tax-exempt property.R331,105217,558797,945t1919 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 532
1918To prohibit the manufacture and the sale of liquor.R189,614173,665380,604t1917 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 515
1916To authorized a revolving fund for improving state school and swamp lands.A240,97558,100416,215t1915 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 379
1916To authorize investment of school and university funds in first mortgages on improved farms.A211,52956,147416,215t1915 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 380
1916To authorize the state to mine ore under public waters.R183,59764,255416,215t1915 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 381
1916To increase number of justices of supreme court, and to authorize the court to appoint its own clerk.R130,363108,002416,215t1915 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 382
1916To authorize the governor to cut down items in appropriation bills.R136,70083,324416,215t1915 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 383
1916To authorize condemnation of private lands for construction of private drainage ditches.R132,74197,432416,215t1915 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 384
1916To establish initiative and referendum.R187,71151,544416,215t1915 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 385
1916To extend terms of probate judges to four years.R186,84772,361416,215t1915 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 386
1914To establish initiative and referendum.R168,00441,577356,906t1913 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 584
1914To increase number of justices of supreme court, and to authorize the court to appoint its clerk.R127,35268,886356,906t1913 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 585
1914To authorize a revolving fund for improving state school and swamp lands.R162,95147,906356,906t1913 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 586
1914To repeal the requirement as to publication of treasurer’s report annually in a St. Paul newspaper and also in the biennial session laws.R131,21358,827356,906t1913 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 587
1914To authorize investment of school and university funds in first mortgages on improved farms.R159,53138,145356,906t1913 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 588
1914To extend terms of probate judges to four years.R128,60164,214356,906t1913 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 589
1914To limit size of state senate and number of senators from any county.R98,14484,436356,906t1913 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 590
1914To authorize the recall by the voters of “every public official in Minnesota, elective or appointive.”R139,80144,961356,906t1913 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 593
1914To authorize special dog taxes and use of proceeds to compensate owners of animals injured by dogs.R136,67159,786356,906t1913 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 594
1914To authorize state bounties for reforestationR108,35263,782356,906t1913 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 591
1914To authorize certain public lands to be set aside as state forestsA178,95444,033356,906t1913 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 592
1912To authorize a one mill state tax for roads and bridges and to permit state to assume entire cost of any project.A195,72451,135349,678t1911 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 390
1912To authorize state hail insurance.R145,17360,439349,678t1911 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 391
1912To authorize investment of school and university funds in first mortgages on improved farms.R168,44039,483349,678t1911 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 392
1912To amend the municipal home rule clause to authorize commission government and for other purposes.R157,08641,971349,678t1911 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 393
1912To authorize legislature to establish educational qualifications for county superintendents of schools.R167,98336,584349,678t1911 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 394
1912To limit size of state senate and number of senators from any county.R122,45777,187349,678t1911 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 395
1910To permit state to assume half the cost of any road or bridge project.A159,74644,387310,165t1909 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 506
1910To repeal the requirement as to publication of treasurer’s report annually in a St. Paul newspaper and also in the biennial session laws.R123,78751,650310,165t1909 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 507
1910To authorize state hail insurance.R108,92663,205310,165t1909 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 508
1910To authorize reapportionment of legislative representation at any time.R95,18161,520310,165t1909 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 509
1910To authorize and require an annual state tax for reforestation work.R100,16863,962310,165t1909 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 510
1910To authorize tax exemptions to encourage reforestation.R87,94373,697310,165t1909 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 511
1908To limit the exemption of church property from taxation to that “used for religious purposes.”R134,14165,776355,263t1907 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 477
1908To permit unlimited state taxation for road and bridge purposes.R154,22656,557355,263t1907 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 478
1908To authorize state hail insurance.R137,71061,084355,263t1907 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 479
1908To authorize legislature to establish educational qualifications for county superintendents of schools.R169,78542,114355,263t1907 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 480
1906To simplify the taxing provisions by a “wide open” section.A156,05146,982284,366t1905 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 168
1906To increase state road and bridge tax, and toA141,87049,232284,366t1905 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 212
1906To permit farmers to sell their produce without licenses.A190,89734,094284,366t1905 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 283
1904To increase debt limit of municipalities borrowing school and university funds.A190,71839,334322,692t1903 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 25
1904To abolish the requirement of a grand jury.A164,05552,152322,692t1903 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 269
1902To simplify the taxing provisions of the constitution.R124,58421,251276,071t1902 1st Sp. Sess Laws of Minnesota Chapter 1
1902To increase state road and bridge tax, and to eliminate restrictions on expenditure of fund.R114,96923,948276,071t1901 House File 353
1902To increase debt limit of municipalities borrowing permanent school funds.R116,76620,777276,071t1901 House File 100
1900To increase debt limit of municipalities borrowing permanent school funds.R108,68130,160314,181t1899 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 92
1898To permit women to vote for and serve on library boards.A71,70443,660252,562g1897 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 175
1898To make it more difficult to amend constitution.A69,76032,881252,562g1897 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 185
1898To amend the municipal home rule section.A68,75432,068252,562g1897 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 280
1898To provide state road and bridge fund.A70,04338,017252,562g1897 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 333
1896To take pardoning power from governor and to confer it on a pardon board.A130,35445,097337,229g1895 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 2
1896To prohibit aliens from voting.A97,98052,454337,229g1895 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 3
1896To authorize home rule for cities.A107,08658,312337,229g1895 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 4
1896To require compensation for property destroyed or damaged for public use.A101,18856,839337,229g1895 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 5
1896To permit cities, towns and villages, as well as counties and school districts, to borrow school and university funds.A127,15136,134337,229g1895 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 6
1896To provide flexible system for taxing large corporations.A163,69442,922337,229g1895 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 7
1894To authorize inheritance taxes.A108,33241,242296,249g1893 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 1
1892To extend and strengthen the prohibition against special legislation.A77,61419,583255,921g1891 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 1
1892To authorize various gross earnings taxes and a tonnage tax on iron ore.R53,37282,910255,921g1891 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 2
1890To provide for verdicts by 5/6 of jury in civil cases.A66,92941,341240,892g1889 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 1
1888To prohibit the monopolization of the markets of food products.A194,93213,064261,632g1887 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 1
1888To guarantee the payment of linens of workmen and material-men out of exempted property.A153,90848,649261,632g1887 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 2
1888To extend biennial sessions of legislature to 90 days each.A150,00352,946261,632g1887 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 3
1886To provide for loans of state school funds to counties and school districts.A131,53317,914220,558g1885 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 1
1883To make auditor’s term four years, to conform to system of biennial elections.A74,37524,359130,713g1883 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 1
1883To establish the official year and to provide for a system of biennial elections.A75,78224,082130,713g1883 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 2
1883To make term of clerk of supreme court four instead of three years.A73,56524,016130,713g1883 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 3
1883To make terms of justices of supreme court six instead of seven years.A73,56524,016130,713g1883 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 3
1883To make terms of district judges six instead of seven years.A73,56524,016130,713g1883 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 3
1881To authorize levy of water-mains assessments on a frontage basis.A35,01918,320102,193g1881 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 1
1881To remove time limitations from sessions of legislature.RNot AvailableNot Available102,193g1881 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 2
1881To regulate compensation of legislators.RNot AvailableNot Available102,193g1881 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 2
1881To prohibit special legislation on certain subjects.A56,4918,369102,193g1881 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 3
1881To provide for sale of swamp lands and appropriation of proceeds of swamp land funds.A51,9038,440102,193g1881 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 4
1879To restrict issuance of county, town, and municipal bonds to aid railroads.A54,8101,70099,048g1879 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 1
1877To establish biennial sessions of legislature.A37,99520,83398,614g1877 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 1
1877To extend terms of representatives and senators to two and four years, respectively.A33,07225,09998,614g1877 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 1
1877To provide for state canvassing board.A36,07221,81498,614g1877 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 1
1877To authorize women to vote in local option elections.R26,46832,96398,614g1877 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 2
1877To establish single liability for stockholders in all corporations except banks.R24,41526,02098,614g1877 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 4
1877To authorize sale of internal improvement lands and use of proceeds to pay railroad bonds.R17,32459,17698,614g1877 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 5
1877To prohibit use of state school funds to support sectarian schools.A36,78016,66798,614g1877 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 3
1876To authorize governor to veto items of appropriation bills.A47,3024,426123,931p1876 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 1
1876To establish single liability for stockholders in all corporations except banks.R21,72122,830123,931p1876 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 2
1876To authorize district judges to sit on supreme bench when supreme court justices disqualified.A41,0696,063123,931p1876 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 3
1875To provide for an indefinite number of judges in each judicial district.A22,56018,53484,017g1875 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 1
1875To authorize the legislature to grant women suffrage in school affairs.A24,34019,46884,017g1875 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 2
1875To prescribe manner in which school funds could be invested.A28,75510,51784,017g1875 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 3
1875To establish single liability for stockholders in ordinary business corporations.R16,34925,85884,017g1875 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 4
1873To provide for biennial sessions of the legislature.R14,00731,72977,057g1873 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 3
1873To extend terms of representatives and senators to two and four years, respectively.R11,67524,33177,057g1873 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 3
1873To provide for state canvassing board.R12,11625,69477,057g1873 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 3
1873To provide more effectively for the safekeeping of public funds.A27,1435,43877,057g1873 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 4
1872To authorize state loan for asylum buildings.A29,15826,88190,919p1872 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 11
1872To exempt stockholders in manufacturing or mechanical businesses from double liability.A23,09121,79490,919p1872 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 12
1872To restrict issuance of county, town, and municipal bonds to aid railroads.A27,9167,79690,919p1872 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 13
1872To provide for sale of internal improvement lands.A55,4384,33190,919p1872 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 14
1871To require popular approval of changes in railroad gross earnings tax law.A41,8149,21678,172g1871 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 18
1871To authorize state loan for asylum buildings.R6,72440,79778,172g1871 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 19
1870To exempt holders of railroad stock from double liability.R7,44611,21018,656l1870 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 21
1869To abolish Manomin county.A13,3921,67154,525g1869 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 50
1869To authorize special assessments for local improvements.A26,6362,56054,525g1869 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 51
1868To authorize Negroes to vote.A39,49330,12171,818p1868 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 106
1868To abolish requirement of grand jury.R14,76330,54471,818p1868 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 107
1868To authorize sale of 500,000 acres of internal improvement lands and investment of proceeds in state or national securities.R19,39828,72971,818p1868 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 108
1867To authorize Negroes to vote.R27,47928,79463,376g1867 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 25
1867To subject shares in state and national banks to state taxation.R8,74234,35164,376g1867 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 118
1865To authorize Negroes to vote.R12,13514,65131,160g1865 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 57
1860To limit legislative sessions to 60 days.A19,78544234,737p1860 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 22
1860To require popular approval of tax to pay railroad bonds: to repeal the $5 million amendment.A18,64874334,737p1860 Concurrent Resolution 1
1858To authorize $5 million railroad loan.A25,0236,73331,756s1858 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 1
1858To establish state government May 1, 1858.A25,0236,73331,756s1858 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 2

a - preliminary data
g - number of votes cast for governor
l - legislative election
p - number of votes cast for president
s - special election
t - total number of persons voting at election
v - According to the State Canvassing Report for the November 7, 2006 General Election, approved by the State Canvassing Board at their meeting of November 21, 2006, the numbers in the table are the relevant totals for the 2006 Constitutional Amendment. In Legislative Manuals published since 2006, the no vote listed appears to include both the votes cast as "no" and the blank votes.

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