Should revenue from the sale of disposable shopping bags be allocated to the Wildlife Conservation fund? Official 2016 California Ballot Measure?
Proposition 67 will ban plastic bags and transfer the revenue from the sale of disposable bags to the Wildlife Conservation fund. Proposition 65 would also ban plastic bags. If proposition 65 and 67 both pass the proposition that has the most votes will be enacted. See public opinion
Should California keep the death penalty? Official 2016 California Ballot Measure?
Proposition 66 keep the death penalty in place and will speed up executions through a series of procedural adjustments that we suspect would have little to no effect. It opposes Proposition 62 which is also on the California ballot in 2016 and seeks to ban the death penalty. See public opinion
Do you support the current ban on plastic shopping bags? Official 2016 California Ballot Measure?
Proposition 65 will uphold the current plastic bag ban in California. Proposition 67 would also ban plastic bags but would transfer the revenue from the sale of disposable bags to the Wildlife Conservation fund. If proposition 65 and 67 both pass the proposition that has the most votes will be enacted. See public opinion
Should California legalize marijuana? Official 2016 California Ballot Measure?
Proposition 64 will legalize the possession and consumption of marijuana by adults over the age of 21. Marijuana sold under the act would be subject to a 15% sales tax which would be distributed to teen drug prevention programs and law enforcement training. Proponents of the proposition include the California Democratic Primary, the ACLU of California and Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsome. Opponents of the proposition include Purdue Pharma (the manufacturer or OxyContin,) Abbot Laboratories (maker of the opiod Vicodi) and their Super PAC Project SAM (founded by Kevin Sabet, David Frum and Patrick Kennedy). See public opinion
Should California enact stricter gun control measures including banning large capacity ammunition magazines? Official 2016 California Ballot Measure?
Proposition 63 would enact stricter gun control measures including requiring federal background checks to purchase ammunition, banning the possession of large-capacity ammunition magazines and prohibiting people who have been convicted of stealing a firearm from possessing firearms. Proponents include Senator Diane Feinstein, Senator Barbara Boxer, the City of L.A. and the City of San Francisco. Opponents include the California Republican Party and the NRA. See public opinion
Should California repeal the death penalty? Official 2016 California Ballot Measure?
Proposition 62 repeals the death penalty and replaces it with life imprisonment without possibility of parole. It applies retroactively to inmates who are on death row. Proponents include Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsome and former President Jimmy Carter. Opponents include the California Republican Party and former Governor Pete Wilson. Proposition 66 is also on the California state ballot in 2016 and it seeks to keep the death penalty in place. Whichever proposition receives the most votes will pass. See public opinion
Should there be a limit on the prices MediCal pays for prescription drugs? Official 2016 California Ballot Measure?
California Proposition 61 requires state agencies to pay the same prices that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (USDVA) pays for prescription drugs. A 2005 report indicated that the USDVA paid 20% less for prescription drugs than the California State Government does through MediCal. Proponents including the AIDS Health Foundation and Bernie Sanders argue that Medical is currently getting ripped off by Pharma companies. Opponents including the major Pharmaceutical Companies argue that capping costs will restrict patient's access to life-saving drugs. See public opinion
Should the California State Legislature Overturn Citizen's United? Official 2016 California Ballot Measure?
Proposition 59 grants California's elected officials the authority to propose and ratify an amendment to the federal Constitution overturning the United States Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. Citizens United ruled that laws placing certain limits on political spending by corporations and unions are unconstitutional. There is no direct fiscal effect on state or local governments. See public opinion
Should the English only requirement be removed from bi-lingual education? Official 2016 California Ballot Measure?
Proposition 58 repeals Proposition 277 which was passed in 1998. Proposition 277 required Limited English Proficient (LEP) students to become proficient in English. Proposition 58 allows school districts to establish dual-language immersion programs for both native and non-native English speakers. It also allows parents of students to select an available language acquisition program that best suits their child. Proponents argue that it will encourage public schools to teach students more than one language. Opponents argue that it will cause more students to graduate from public schools with poor English. See public opinion
Should the tax on cigarettes be raised by $2 a pack? Official 2016 California Ballot Measure?
Proposition 56 will increase cigarette taxes by $2.00 per pack. Other products containing nicotine including electronic cigarettes and tobacco products will also incur a similar tax. The tax will raise an additional net state revenue of $1 billion to $1.4 billion in 2017-18, with potentially lower revenues in future years. Revenues would be used primarily to augment spending on health care for low-income Californians. See public opinion
Should the state government extend the personal income tax increases on incomes over $250K per year? Official 2016 California Ballot Measure?
Proposition 55 will extend personal income tax increases on incomes over $250K per year for another 12 years. Since 2012 this proposition has raised approximately $12 billion. 89% of the revenue goes towards K-12 schools and the remaining 11% goes to community colleges. See public opinion
Should all bills before the state legislature be posted on the internet for public viewing? Official 2016 California Ballot Measure?
Proposition 54 will require all bills before the legislature to be posted online 72 hours before they are voted on. The proposition also requires the legislature to post audio recordings of each session online and allows them to be replayed without permission from the state. The recordings will cost taxpayers a fee of approximately $1 million to set up. See public opinion
Should voter approval be required for all bonds issued over $2 Billion? Official 2016 California Ballot Measure?
Proposition 53 will require the state legislature to receive voter approval for all bonds issued over $2 billion. The proposition will not affect bonds issued by cities, freeways, natural disasters or the University system. Proponents argue that it will limit spending and hold politicians accountable. Opponents argue that it will hurt California's ability to maintain and repair its infrastructure. See public opinion
Should private hospitals pay a tax to fund MediCal? Official 2016 California Ballot Measure?
Proposition 52 would make a temporary tax levied on private hospitals since 2009 permanent. In 2009 the state Legislature imposed a tax on private hospitals to fund the state's MediCal shortfall. Proponents argue that the tax goes right back into the hospitals in the form of MediCal reimbursements and helps the state's budget because the funds are matched by the federal government. In 2015 the tax raised $4 billion from private hospitals and a matching $4 billion from Washington. Proposition 52 would guarantee that the Medi-Cal funds raised by the hospital tax are spent reimbursing hospitals, not attending to any of Medi-Cal's many other needs. Opponents, including the SEIU, argue that it hurts private hospitals and their employees. See public opinion
Should the state issue $9 billion in bonds for K-12 schools? Official 2016 California Ballot Measure?
Proposition 51 will enable the state to issue $9 billion in bonds to fund the improvement and construction of K-12 schools in California. Allocations include $3 billion to the construction of new schools, $2 billion to new community colleges and $500 million will to charter schools. Proponents including Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsome argue that the bonds are necessary to fund the state's decaying educational infrastructure. Opponents, including Governor Jerry Brown, argue that it will put the state further into debt and not allocate resources evenly amongst poor and rich school districts. See public opinion
Should more felons convicted of non-violent crimes be eligible for parole? Official 2016 California Ballot Measure?
Proposition 57 will allow people convicted of nonviolent crimes to be eligible for parole consideration if they have exhibited good behavior. The proposition will save the California Department of Corrections tens of millions of dollars annually. See public opinion
Should condoms be required during the filming of pornographic films? Official 2016 California Ballot Measure?
Proposition 60 will require actors to wear condoms in all adult films shot in California. The proposition also requires production companies to obtain health permits and cover the costs of treating and preventing sexually transmitted diseases. Proponents, including the AIDS healthcare foundation, argue that the law will help prevent the spread of sexually transmitted and hold adult film production companies accountable for health hazards. Opponents, including the California Democratic Party and the AIDS Project L.A., argue that the proposition would violate worker privacy. See public opinion
Should voters be required to present a photo ID when voting? Learn more?
Currently, 30 states have laws that require voters to show some form of strict identification when they vote in person. Voters without a valid state ID are able to apply for no-fee ID cards before the election. Supporters say that voting should be treated like driving a car or boarding an airplane and presenting an ID is necessary to prove the identity of everyone who votes. Opponents say this disadvantages the elderly and the poor who do not drive and do not have the resources to apply for an ID. See public opinion
Should California set aside 3% of tax revenue into a “rainy day” fund? Learn more?
The California Rainy Day Budget Stabilization Fund Act would increase the state’s savings from 5% to 10% by setting aside 3% of state revenues. Exceptions would include years when revenues drop below the previous years budget and increasing the amount of savings during years of budget surplus. See public opinion
Should California split into 6 separate states? Learn more?
Silicon Valley based Technology investor Tim Draper is attempting to collect 1 million signatures to add a proposition to the 2014 California ballot that would split California into 6 Separate States. Each state would create their own new government with 2 Senators representing each on the federal level. Learn more or See public opinion
Should California raise $11.1B in bonds to overhaul its water infrastructure? Learn more?
The Safe, Clean, and Reliable Drinking Water Supply Act would allow California to borrow $11.1B (27% towards water storage, 20% towards sustainability, 15% towards ecosystem and watershed restoration, 11% towards water recycling and treatment facilities, 13% towards water management, 9% towards groundwater protection and cleanup, and 4% towards drought relief and safe drinking water). The bond would be funded by California taxpayers through the state's general fund. See public opinion
Should government records be open to public inspection at all times? Learn more?
The 2014 California Compliance of Local Agencies with Public Records Act is a state constitutional amendment that will require local governments to make all public records available for inspections during regular office hours. The administrative costs of this requirement will be reimbursed by the state government. Learn more or See public opinion
Should medical doctors and physicians be required to undergo regular drug testing? Learn more?
In response to a growing problem in the medical community (1 in 10 doctors suffers from drug or alcohol abuse), this proposition would require doctors in California to undergo drug tests and have the results of those tests forwarded to the California Medical Board. Doctors would also be required to inform authorities of other doctors whom they believe may be using drugs. Learn more or See public opinion
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Should Indian casinos be allowed to operate on land outside their designated reservation? Learn more?
The 2014 Referendum to Overturn Indian Gaming Compacts will allow Native American tribes to open and operate casinos off of their designated reservation lands. If passed the proposition would allow small tribes with little land to open dozens of casinos that are close to major cities. The proposition is backed by the North Fork Rancheria Band of Mono Indians and other smaller tribes who aim to open casinos that are closer to San Francisco, San Jose, Los Angeles and San Diego. Opponents argue that the proposition will flood the state with casinos and threaten the business of tribal casinos who have been operating on reservation lands for decades. See public opinion
Do you support California’s newly proposed high-speed rail project? Learn more?
In Jan 2015, the State of California broke ground on the nation’s largest high-speed rail project. If completed, the railway would connect Los Angeles and San Francisco with bullet trains traveling up to 220-miles-per-hour. The railway was initially projected to cost $33 Billion but that figure has since been raised to a total cost of $98 Billion – making it the most expensive rail project in the history of the U.S. Proponents say the railway will revive the economies of cities in central California and have long term environmental benefits. Opponents argue that the ballooning costs will ultimately doom the project – leaving California taxpayers with miles of abandoned pieces of track. See public opinion
Should state insurance regulators be able to ban unreasonable health insurance premium increases? Learn more?
The 2014 Approval of Healthcare Insurance Rate Changes Initiative Statute will give California state insurance regulators the ability to reject "unreasonable" health insurance premium increases. If voters approve the measure, health insurance companies will have to present and justify their rate increases to the insurance commissioner, who has the authority to reject unreasonable increases. It is modeled after Proposition 103 which gives state regulators the power to reject unreasonable car insurance rates. See public opinion
Should doctors be required to notify a minor's parents before performing an abortion procedure? Learn more?
This potential California ballot measure would require a medical professional who is performing an abortion to notify a minor’s parents at least 48 hours before the procedure (in writing). Three similar initiatives appeared on the ballot in the past and failed. The last measure in 2008 failed by 52-48. Learn more or See public opinion
Would you favor removing the state income tax and replacing it with a higher sales tax? Learn more?
A group of Georgia lawmakers are proposing a bill that would replace the state's income tax with a higher sales tax. Proponents say that a higher sales tax would make sure everyone pays a fairer share of taxes. Opponents say this would severely hurt the state's budget. The income tax brought in almost $8.4 billion in 2011, or about 55 percent of all revenue. See public opinion
Should the state spend $600 million building affordable multi-family housing for veterans? Learn more?
The 2014 Veterans Housing and Homeless Prevention Bond Act will redirect $600 million from a 2008 bond to build multi-family housing for veterans. The 2008 bond gave funds directly to veterans to buy homes but was put on hold due to the recession and the vast depreciation of the housing market. See public opinion