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An interactive history of constitutional amendments in Minnesota

Since the state’s founding in 1858, Minnesotans have voted on 213 amendments to the state constitution, approving 120 of them. Some of the amendments have altered fundamentally the structure of the state government; others have been a bit more frivolous, including a failed 1914 effort to tax dog owners and use the revenue to compensate owners of other animals injured in dog attacks (one of 11 proposed amendments that year).

With this promiscuous history of emendation, Minnesotans eventually voted to make the process more stringent. In 1898, a key revision was made to the requirements for amending the constitution: Rather than requiring a “Yes” majority of the total votes cast on the amendment, amendments now require a majority of all the votes cast in the election — people who don’t vote on an amendment are effectively voting “No.”

The table below summarizes all the amendments considered by Minnesotans over the years. They are separated into eight thematic categories, displayed below, with the exception of the pending marriage amendment. For amendments prior to 1898, the approval percentage reflects the "Yes" votes compared to the total votes on the amendment. After 1898, it is the "Yes" percentage of all the votes cast in the election.

The source for the table is the Minnesota Legislative Reference Library.  Click on the categories below to filter the table.

Year Category Purpose Adopted Approval Ballot Language
2012 Civil Rights To provide that only a union of one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in Minnesota (no data) (no data) 2011 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 88
2008 Revenue & Spending To 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 2034 Y 55.99% 2008 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 151
2006 Highways & Transit To dedicate the motor vehicle sales tax to highways and public transportation. Y 57.27% 2005 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 88
1998 Environment & Land Use To extend use of lottery for environmental trust fund. Y 73.95% 1998 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 342
1998 Structure of Government To abolish the office of state treasurer. Y 51.67% 1998 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 387 (Art. 1 Sec. 3)
1998 Environment & Land Use To preserve hunting and fishing heritage. Y 74.61% 1998 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 392
1996 Structure of Government To provide for recall of elected state officials. Y 82.92% 1996 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 469
1996 Revenue & Spending To authorize a bonus for Persian Gulf War veterans. Y 60.35% 1996 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 429
1994 Gambling & Vice To permit off-track wagering on horse racing in a manner prescribed by law. N 46.88% 1994 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 626
1990 Revenue & Spending To dedicate 40 percent of the state lottery proceeds to the environment and natural resources trust fund until the year 2001. Y 75.31% 1990 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 610
1988 Judicial Branch To allow the use of juries of fewer 12 members in civil and nonfelony cases. Y 56.74% 1988 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 716
1988 Environment & Land Use To establish a Minnesota Environmental and Natural Resources Trust Fund for environmental, natural resources, and wildlife purposes. Y 77.41% 1988 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 690
1988 Revenue & Spending To permit the legislature to authorize a lottery operated by the state. Y 57.13% 1988 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 690
1984 Environment & Land Use To allow the exchange of state-owned lands for other lands owned by state or local governments. Y 55.65% 1984 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 643
1984 Revenue & Spending To 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. Y 53.88% 1984 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 482
1982 Structure of Government To allow the creation of a court of appeals. Y 71.08% 1982 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 501
1982 Highways & Transit To remove restrictions on the interest rate for and the amount of trunk highway bonds. Y 60.13% 1982 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 510
1982 Gambling & Vice To permit the legislature to authorize on-track pari-mutuel betting on horse racing. Y 60.40% 1982 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 518
1982 Revenue & Spending To provide state bonding authority for the improvement and rehabilitation of railroad facilities. Y 65.48% 1982 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 600
1980 Elections To require campaign spending limits for executive and legislative offices and public disclosure of campaign spending for all state candidates. Y 70.09% 1980 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 587
1980 Revenue & Spending To remove restrictions on the interest rate for and the amount of highway bonds. N 46.37% 1980 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 549
1980 Structure of Government To remove requirement of senate approval for notaries public. N 45.44% 1980 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 592
1980 Elections To establish a bipartisan reapportionment commission. N 49.85% 1980 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 588
1980 Elections To establish initiative and referendum. N 46.67% 1980 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 587
1976 Highways & Transit To 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. N 27.93% 1975 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 203
1974 Structure of Government To revise organization and language of constitution. Y 62.88% 1974 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 409
1974 Elections To ease vote requirement for amending constitution. N 49.28% 1974 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 457
1974 Revenue & Spending To allow legislature to determine railroad taxes. Y 57.19% 1974 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 467
1972 Structure of Government To allow flexible legislative sessions. Y 54.58% 1971 1st Sp. Sess Laws of Minnesota Chapter 26
1972 Judicial Branch To reorganize the state judicial system; to provide for appointment of clerks of district court; to authorize discipline and removal of Y 57.10% 1971 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 957
1972 Elections To provide for the joint election of the governor and lieutenant governor; to remove the lieutenant governor as the presiding officer of the senate. Y 60.02% 1971 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 958
1972 Revenue & Spending To authorize bonus payment for Vietnam veterans. Y 63.81% 1971 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 959
1970 Elections To reduce voting age requirement from 21 to 19 years; to provide an age requirement of 21 years to hold public office. Y 50.45% 1969 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 996
1970 Revenue & Spending To authorize the legislature to define or limit categories of tax-exempt property. Y 69.84% 1969 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 925
1968 Structure of Government To allow legislators to assume another elective or appointive office upon resignation from the legislature. Y 63.20% 1967 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 869
1968 Structure of Government To allow legislature to present bills to governor within three days after legislature adjourns; allowing governor 14 days to sign or veto such bills. Y 65.21% 1967 1st Sp. Sess Laws of Minnesota Chapter 51
1966 Elections To allow legislators to seek election to other offices and to provide resignation procedure for legislators. N 43.89% 1965 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 689
1964 Revenue & Spending To 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. Y 80.23% 1963 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 99
1964 Structure of Government To remove obsolete language from constitution. Y 68.71% 1963 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 870
1962 Revenue & Spending To consolidate the swamp land fund and the permanent school fund; to set distribution requirements and investment restrictions. Y 65.39% 1961 1st Sp. Sess Laws of Minnesota Chapter 14
1962 Revenue & Spending To allow state to contract long- and short-term debts for public improvements upon approval of 3/5 of both houses of the legislature. Y 57.46% 1961 1st Sp. Sess Laws of Minnesota Chapter 99
1962 Structure of Government To remove restrictions on length of legislative sessions. Y 55.76% 1961 1st Sp. Sess Laws of Minnesota Chapter 100
1960 Structure of Government To extend the legislative session; to restrict the time during which bills can be introduced; to set qualifications for legislators running for other elective offices. N 48.39% 1959 1st Sp. Sess Laws of Minnesota Chapter 89
1960 Structure of Government To allow an extra legislative session for reapportionment if reapportionment is not completed during the regular session. N 38.09% 1959 1st Sp. Sess Laws of Minnesota Chapter 47
1960 Structure of Government To provide for succession to the office of governor: to provide for continuity of government in emergencies caused by enemy attack. Y 61.77% 1959 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 680
1960 Elections To 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. Y 62.96% 1959 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 696
1958 Structure of Government To authorize the legislature to revise and consolidate provisions relating to local government, home rule and special laws. Y 60.48% 1957 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 809
1958 Structure of Government To provide for four-year terms for state constitutional officers to take effect for terms beginning in 1963. Y 54.48% 1957 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 813
1958 Structure of Government To permit members of the legislature to hold certain elective and nonelective state offices. N 48.89% 1957 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 922
1956 Highways & Transit To 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. Y 73.42% 1955 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 882
1956 Revenue & Spending To authorize the legislature to divert 50% of the occupation mining tax proceeds earmarked for education from permanent trust funds to current educational needs. Y 75.12% 1955 1st Sp. Sess Laws of Minnesota Chapter 6
1956 Judicial Branch To permit the legislature to reorganize the judicial power of the state. Y 65.10% 1955 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 881
1954 Judicial Branch To permit legislature to extend probate jurisdiction by a 2/3 vote. Y 52.23% 1953 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 759
1954 Judicial Branch To authorize the legislature to limit the liability of stockholders of state banks. Y 53.47% 1953 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 760
1954 Structure of Government To 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. Y 54.69% 1953 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 761
1954 Elections To 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. Y 54.47% 1953 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 762
1952 Revenue & Spending To authorize a change in the investment and loan requirements governing permanent school and university funds. N 41.39% 1951 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 721
1952 Structure of Government To 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. N 44.96% 1951 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 722
1952 Elections To clarify meaning of who shall be entitled to vote. N 49.08% 1951 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 723
1952 Judicial Branch To permit legislature to extend probate jurisdiction by a 2/3 vote. N 44.28% 1951 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 724
1952 Highways & Transit To provide for a 65-10-25 apportionment of excise tax on motor vehicles. N 39.74% 1951 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 725
1950 Revenue & Spending To authorize forestry management funds by diverting certain proceeds (25%) from the public land trust fund. N 34.37% 1949 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 746
1950 Revenue & Spending To authorize diversion of 1% of the proceeds of the occupation mining tax to the veterans’ compensation fund. Y 55.63% 1949 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 643
1950 Highways & Transit To provide for a 50-44-6 apportionment of the excise tax on petroleum products. N 39.38% 1949 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 747
1948 Highways & Transit To provide for 50-50 apportionment of excise tax on petroleum products. N 42.50% 1947 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 639
1948 Elections To authorize submission of two or more amendments without requiring voters to vote N 25.41% 1947 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 640
1948 Structure of Government To authorize 2/3 of the legislature to call for a constitutional convention without submitting the question to the voters. N 23.44% 1947 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 641
1948 Revenue & Spending To authorize the state to pay a veterans’ bonus. Y 52.85% 1947 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 642
1944 Highways & Transit To authorize state construction and operation of airports; to authorize taxes on aircraft fuel and aircraft sales. Y 61.66% 1943 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 666
1942 Revenue & Spending To change requirements for investment or loan of permanent school and permanent university funds. Y 50.72% 1941 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 171
1942 Structure of Government To simplify and reduce the expense of publishing amendments to city and village charters. Y 56.21% 1941 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 135
1940 Structure of Government To change requirements for publication of proposed amendments to city and village charters. N 48.85% 1939 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 447
1938 Environment & Land Use To authorize the legislature to exchange state public lands for federal lands. Y 53.20% 1937 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 492
1938 Structure of Government To change requirements for publication of proposed amendments to city and village charters. N 42.66% 1937 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 493
1936 Environment & Land Use To authorize the legislature to exchange state public lands for federal lands. N 38.56% 1935 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 393
1936 Revenue & Spending To exempt personal property from state tax. N 30.54% 1935 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 394
1934 Revenue & Spending To define “academies, colleges, universities and seminaries of learning” to mean, for tax purposes, property actually used in instruction and housing of students. N 44.38% 1933 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 444
1934 Highways & Transit To authorize legislature to add new routes to trunk highway system. N 47.83% 1933 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 439
1934 Revenue & Spending To authorize taxation of lands acquired through rural credit system. N 46.60% 1933 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 441
1934 Revenue & Spending To exempt all household goods and farm machinery and equipment from taxation. Y 59.20% 1933 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 442
1934 Environment & Land Use To authorize the legislature to exchange state public lands for federal lands. N 44.03% 1933 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 443
1932 Revenue & Spending To authorize taxation of income, franchises and privileges of railroad companies; to authorize legislation to make taxation of national banking associations conform to federal law. N 39.85% 1931 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 420
1932 Highways & Transit To authorize taxation of motor vehicles of companies paying taxes under the gross earnings taxation system. Y 50.97% 1931 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 418
1932 Environment & Land Use To authorize the legislature to exchange state public lands for federal lands. N 41.16% 1931 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 417
1932 Revenue & Spending To authorize the taxation of lands acquired through rural credit system. N 44.40% 1931 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 419
1930 Judicial Branch To provide two elective associate supreme court justices to replace appointed court commissioners. Y 51.67% 1929 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 430
1930 Environment & Land Use To authorize the legislature to exchange state public lands for federal lands. N 45.72% 1929 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 431
1930 Judicial Branch To authorize the legislature to limit the liability of stockholders in corporations. Y 58.77% 1929 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 429
1928 Highways & Transit To place revenue generated by motor fuel tax 2/3 in trunk highway fund and 1/3 in bridge fund. Y 50.72% 1927 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 445
1928 Judicial Branch To authorize the legislature to limit the liability of stockholders in corporations. N 47.28% 1927 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 444
1926 Judicial Branch To fix the number of justices on the state supreme court. N 45.93% 1925 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 428
1926 Environment & Land Use To authorize enactment of laws promoting forestation and reforestation of public and private lands. Y 52.99% 1925 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 427
1926 Judicial Branch To authorize the legislature to limit the liability of stockholders in corporations. N 44.73% 1925 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 429
1924 Highways & Transit To place revenue generated by excise taxes on motor fuels in trunk highway fund. Y 59.92% 1923 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 447
1924 Structure of Government To change requirements for publication of proposed amendments to city and village charters. N 28.35% 1923 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 448
1924 Environment & Land Use To establish state-owned and operated public terminal grain elevators. N 29.19% 1923 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 449
1924 Environment & Land Use To 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. N 49.29% 1923 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 450
1924 Environment & Land Use To authorize state expenditure to prevent forest fires, including compulsory taxation, clearing and improvement of public and private wild lands. Y 53.04% 1923 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 451
1922 Revenue & Spending To establish a state rural credit system to aid agricultural development. Y 74.77% 1921 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 528
1922 Revenue & Spending To tax mining of iron and other ores. Y 66.43% 1921 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 529
1920 Highways & Transit To provide a state trunk highway system. Y 66.04% 1919 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 530
1920 Judicial Branch To extend terms of probate judges to four years. Y 56.01% 1919 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 531
1920 Revenue & Spending To authorize state income tax and to change provisions on tax-exempt property. N 41.49% 1919 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 532
1918 Gambling & Vice To prohibit the manufacture and the sale of liquor. N 49.82% 1917 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 515
1916 Revenue & Spending To authorized a revolving fund for improving state school and swamp lands. Y 57.90% 1915 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 379
1916 Revenue & Spending To authorize investment of school and university funds in first mortgages on improved farms. Y 50.82% 1915 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 380
1916 Environment & Land Use To authorize the state to mine ore under public waters. N 44.11% 1915 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 381
1916 Judicial Branch To increase number of justices of supreme court, and to authorize the court to appoint its own clerk. N 31.32% 1915 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 382
1916 Structure of Government To authorize the governor to cut down items in appropriation bills. N 32.84% 1915 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 383
1916 Environment & Land Use To authorize condemnation of private lands for construction of private drainage ditches. N 31.89% 1915 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 384
1916 Elections To establish initiative and referendum. N 45.10% 1915 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 385
1916 Judicial Branch To extend terms of probate judges to four years. N 44.89% 1915 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 386
1914 Elections To establish initiative and referendum. N 47.07% 1913 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 584
1914 Judicial Branch To increase number of justices of supreme court, and to authorize the court to appoint its clerk. N 35.68% 1913 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 585
1914 Revenue & Spending To authorize a revolving fund for improving state school and swamp lands. N 45.66% 1913 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 586
1914 Structure of Government To repeal the requirement as to publication of treasurer’s report annually in a St. Paul newspaper and also in the biennial session laws. N 36.76% 1913 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 587
1914 Revenue & Spending To authorize investment of school and university funds in first mortgages on improved farms. N 44.70% 1913 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 588
1914 Judicial Branch To extend terms of probate judges to four years. N 36.03% 1913 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 589
1914 Structure of Government To limit size of state senate and number of senators from any county. N 27.50% 1913 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 590
1914 Elections To authorize the recall by the voters of “every public official in Minnesota, elective or appointive.” N 39.17% 1913 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 593
1914 Revenue & Spending To authorize special dog taxes and use of proceeds to compensate owners of animals injured by dogs. N 38.29% 1913 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 594
1914 Environment & Land Use To authorize state bounties for reforestation N 30.36% 1913 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 591
1914 Environment & Land Use To authorize certain public lands to be set aside as state forests Y 50.14% 1913 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 592
1912 Revenue & Spending To authorize a one mill state tax for roads and bridges and to permit state to assume entire cost of any project. Y 55.97% 1911 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 390
1912 Revenue & Spending To authorize state hail insurance. N 41.52% 1911 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 391
1912 Revenue & Spending To authorize investment of school and university funds in first mortgages on improved farms. N 48.17% 1911 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 392
1912 Structure of Government To amend the municipal home rule clause to authorize commission government and for other purposes. N 44.92% 1911 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 393
1912 Structure of Government To authorize legislature to establish educational qualifications for county superintendents of schools. N 48.04% 1911 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 394
1912 Structure of Government To limit size of state senate and number of senators from any county. N 35.02% 1911 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 395
1910 Revenue & Spending To permit state to assume half the cost of any road or bridge project. Y 51.50% 1909 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 506
1910 Structure of Government To repeal the requirement as to publication of treasurer’s report annually in a St. Paul newspaper and also in the biennial session laws. N 39.91% 1909 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 507
1910 Revenue & Spending To authorize state hail insurance. N 35.12% 1909 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 508
1910 Structure of Government To authorize reapportionment of legislative representation at any time. N 30.69% 1909 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 509
1910 Environment & Land Use To authorize and require an annual state tax for reforestation work. N 32.30% 1909 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 510
1910 Environment & Land Use To authorize tax exemptions to encourage reforestation. N 28.35% 1909 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 511
1908 Revenue & Spending To limit the exemption of church property from taxation to that “used for religious purposes.” N 37.76% 1907 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 477
1908 Revenue & Spending To permit unlimited state taxation for road and bridge purposes. N 43.41% 1907 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 478
1908 Revenue & Spending To authorize state hail insurance. N 38.76% 1907 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 479
1908 Structure of Government To authorize legislature to establish educational qualifications for county superintendents of schools. N 47.79% 1907 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 480
1906 Revenue & Spending To simplify the taxing provisions by a “wide open” section. Y 54.88% 1905 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 168
1906 Revenue & Spending To increase state road and bridge tax, and to Y 49.89% 1905 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 212
1906 Structure of Government To permit farmers to sell their produce without licenses. Y 67.13% 1905 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 283
1904 Revenue & Spending To increase debt limit of municipalities borrowing school and university funds. Y 59.10% 1903 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 25
1904 Judicial Branch To abolish the requirement of a grand jury. Y 50.84% 1903 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 269
1902 Revenue & Spending To increase state road and bridge tax, and to eliminate restrictions on expenditure of fund. N 41.64% 1902 1st Sp. Sess Laws of Minnesota Chapter 1
1902 Revenue & Spending To increase debt limit of municipalities borrowing permanent school funds. N 42.30% 1902 1st Sp. Sess Laws of Minnesota Chapter 1
1902 Revenue & Spending To simplify the taxing provisions of the constitution. N 45.13% 1902 1st Sp. Sess Laws of Minnesota Chapter 1
1900 Revenue & Spending To increase debt limit of municipalities borrowing permanent school funds. N 34.59% 1899 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 92
1898 Elections To permit women to vote for and serve on library boards. Y 62.15% 1897 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 175
1898 Structure of Government To make it more difficult to amend constitution. Y 67.97% 1897 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 185
1898 Structure of Government To amend the municipal home rule section. Y 68.19% 1897 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 280
1898 Highways & Transit To provide state road and bridge fund. Y 64.82% 1897 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 333
1896 Judicial Branch To take pardoning power from governor and to confer it on a pardon board. Y 74.30% 1895 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 2
1896 Elections To prohibit aliens from voting. Y 65.13% 1895 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 3
1896 Structure of Government To authorize home rule for cities. Y 64.74% 1895 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 4
1896 Revenue & Spending To require compensation for property destroyed or damaged for public use. Y 64.03% 1895 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 5
1896 Revenue & Spending To permit cities, towns and villages, as well as counties and school districts, to borrow school and university funds. Y 77.87% 1895 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 6
1896 Revenue & Spending To provide flexible system for taxing large corporations. Y 79.23% 1895 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 7
1894 Revenue & Spending To authorize inheritance taxes. Y 72.43% 1893 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 1
1892 Structure of Government To extend and strengthen the prohibition against special legislation. Y 79.85% 1891 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 1
1892 Revenue & Spending To authorize various gross earnings taxes and a tonnage tax on iron ore. N 39.16% 1891 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 2
1890 Judicial Branch To provide for verdicts by 5/6 of jury in civil cases. Y 61.82% 1889 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 1
1888 Economy To prohibit the monopolization of the markets of food products. Y 93.72% 1887 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 1
1888 Economy To guarantee the payment of liens of workmen and material-men out of exempted property. Y 75.98% 1887 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 2
1888 Structure of Government To extend biennial sessions of legislature to 90 days each. Y 73.91% 1887 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 3
1886 Revenue & Spending To provide for loans of state school funds to counties and school districts. Y 88.01% 1885 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 1
1883 Structure of Government To make auditor’s term four years, to conform to system of biennial elections. Y 75.33% 1883 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 1
1883 Structure of Government To establish the official year and to provide for a system of biennial elections. Y 75.89% 1883 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 2
1883 Judicial Branch To make term of clerk of supreme court four instead of three years. Y 75.39% 1883 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 3
1883 Judicial Branch To make terms of justices of supreme court six instead of seven years. Y 75.39% 1883 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 3
1883 Judicial Branch To make terms of district judges six instead of seven years. Y 75.39% 1883 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 3
1881 Revenue & Spending To authorize levy of water-mains assessments on a frontage basis. Y 65.65% 1881 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 1
1881 Structure of Government To remove time limitations from sessions of legislature. N (no data) 1881 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 2
1881 Revenue & Spending To regulate compensation of legislators. N (no data) 1881 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 2
1881 Structure of Government To prohibit special legislation on certain subjects. Y 87.10% 1881 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 3
1881 Revenue & Spending To provide for sale of swamp lands and appropriation of proceeds of swamp land funds. Y 86.01% 1881 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 4
1879 Revenue & Spending To restrict issuance of county, town, and municipal bonds to aid railroads. Y 96.99% 1879 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 1
1877 Structure of Government To establish biennial sessions of legislature. Y 64.59% 1877 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 1
1877 Structure of Government To extend terms of representatives and senators to two and four years, respectively. Y 56.85% 1877 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 1
1877 Structure of Government To provide for state canvassing board. Y 62.32% 1877 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 1
1877 Elections To authorize women to vote in local option elections. N 44.54% 1877 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 2
1877 Judicial Branch To establish single liability for stockholders in all corporations except banks. N 48.41% 1877 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 4
1877 Revenue & Spending To authorize sale of internal improvement lands and use of proceeds to pay railroad bonds. N 22.65% 1877 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 5
1877 Revenue & Spending To prohibit use of state school funds to support sectarian schools. Y 68.82% 1877 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 3
1876 Structure of Government To authorize governor to veto items of appropriation bills. Y 91.44% 1876 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 1
1876 Judicial Branch To establish single liability for stockholders in all corporations except banks. N 48.76% 1876 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 2
1876 Judicial Branch To authorize district judges to sit on supreme bench when supreme court justices disqualified. Y 87.14% 1876 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 3
1875 Judicial Branch To provide for an indefinite number of judges in each judicial district. Y 54.90% 1875 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 1
1875 Elections To authorize the legislature to grant women suffrage in school affairs. Y 55.56% 1875 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 2
1875 Revenue & Spending To prescribe manner in which school funds could be invested. Y 73.22% 1875 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 3
1875 Judicial Branch To establish single liability for stockholders in ordinary business corporations. N 38.74% 1875 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 4
1873 Structure of Government To provide for biennial sessions of the legislature. N 30.63% 1873 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 3
1873 Structure of Government To extend terms of representatives and senators to two and four years, respectively. N 32.43% 1873 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 3
1873 Structure of Government To provide for state canvassing board. N 32.04% 1873 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 3
1873 Revenue & Spending To provide more effectively for the safekeeping of public funds. Y 83.31% 1873 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 4
1872 Revenue & Spending To authorize state loan for asylum buildings. Y 52.03% 1872 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 11
1872 Judicial Branch To exempt stockholders in manufacturing or mechanical businesses from double liability. Y 51.44% 1872 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 12
1872 Revenue & Spending To restrict issuance of county, town, and municipal bonds to aid railroads. Y 78.17% 1872 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 13
1872 Revenue & Spending To provide for sale of internal improvement lands. Y 92.75% 1872 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 14
1871 Revenue & Spending To require popular approval of changes in railroad gross earnings tax law. Y 81.94% 1871 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 18
1871 Revenue & Spending To authorize state loan for asylum buildings. N 14.15% 1871 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 19
1870 Judicial Branch To exempt holders of railroad stock from double liability. N 39.91% 1870 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 21
1869 Structure of Government To abolish Manomin county. Y 88.91% 1869 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 50
1869 Structure of Government To authorize special assessments for local improvements. Y 91.23% 1869 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 51
1868 Elections To authorize Negroes to vote. Y 56.73% 1868 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 106
1868 Judicial Branch To abolish requirement of grand jury. N 32.58% 1868 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 107
1868 Revenue & Spending To authorize sale of 500,000 acres of internal improvement lands and investment of proceeds in state or national securities. N 40.31% 1868 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 108
1867 Elections To authorize Negroes to vote. N 48.83% 1867 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 25
1867 Revenue & Spending To subject shares in state and national banks to state taxation. N 20.29% 1867 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 118
1865 Elections To authorize Negroes to vote. N 45.30% 1865 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 57
1860 Structure of Government To limit legislative sessions to 60 days. Y 97.81% 1860 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 22
1860 Revenue & Spending To require popular approval of tax to pay railroad bonds: to repeal the $5 million amendment. Y 96.17% 1860 Concurrent Resolution 1
1858 Revenue & Spending To authorize $5 million railroad loan. Y 78.80% 1858 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 1
1858 Structure of Government To establish state government May 1, 1858. Y 78.80% 1858 Laws of Minnesota Chapter 2

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