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California’s Ballot Propositions

 

FCLCA's Update on the November 4 General Election

FCLCA's Recommendations on the November 4, 2014 Ballot Propositions

Definitions

Ballot Proposition

A proposal placed before the voters. In California, statewide ballot propositions include initiatives and referendums (see below).  They may be used to revise state law.

In addition, all amendments to the California Constitution (which sets forth the fundamental laws by which the State of California is governed) come about as a result of constitutional amendments approved by the voters at a statewide election.

Initiative

Allows a proponent to bypass the Legislature and go directly to the voters to address an issue of public concern.

Upon obtaining title and summary from the Attorney General, the proponent has 150 days to gather the signatures of registered voters. If the initiative revises state law, qualified signatures

must total at least five percent of the votes cast for governor in the last gubernatorial election. If the initiative revises the California Constitution, the threshold increases to eight percent.

Referendum

Allows the voters to reject or approve all or part of a law passed by the Legislature and signed by the governor. To qualify for the ballot requires a petition with the signatures of qualified voters totaling at least five percent of the votes cast in the last gubernatorial election.

Proposition 30: Temporary Taxes to Fund Education, Guaranteed Local Public Safety Funding. SUPPORT.

Proposition 31: State Budget, State and Local Government. OPPOSE.

Proposition 32: Political Contributions by Payroll Deduction, Contributions to Candidates. OPPOSE.

Proposition 33: Auto Insurance Companies Pricing. OPPOSE.

Proposition 34: Death Penalty Abolition. SUPPORT.

Proposition 35: Human Trafficking Penalties. OPPOSE.

Proposition 36: Three Strikes Reform. SUPPORT.

Proposition 37: Genetically Engineered Foods Labeling.  SUPPORT.

Proposition 38: Taxes for Education, Early Childhood Development Programs. OPPOSE.

Proposition 39: Tax Treatment for Multi-State Corporations, Clean Energy Programs. SUPPORT.

Proposition 40: Redistricting, State Senate Districts, REFERENDUM. SUPPORT.