Ballot titles, summaries and fiscal statements for California 2014 ballot propositions

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2014 propositions
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June 3
Proposition 41Approveda
Proposition 42Approveda
November 4
Proposition 1
Proposition 2
Proposition 45
Proposition 46
Proposition 47
Proposition 48
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June 3

Proposition 41

See also: California Proposition 41, Veterans Housing and Homeless Prevention Bond (2014)

Title

Veterans Housing and Homeless Prevention Bond Act of 2014.

Summary

  • Authorizes $600 million in general obligation bonds for affordable multifamily supportive housing to relieve homelessness, affordable transitional housing, affordable rental housing, or related facilities for veterans and their families.
  • Provides funding for programs to address homeless veterans and those at risk of becoming homeless and annual evaluations of the effectiveness of housing programs funded by the bonds.
  • Appropriates money from General Fund to pay off bonds.

Fiscal impact

Increased state bond costs averaging about $50 million annually over 15 years.
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Proposition 42

See also: California Proposition 42, Compliance of Local Agencies with Public Records (2014)

Title

Public Records, Open Meetings. State Reimbursement to Local Agencies. Legislative Constitutional Amendment.

Summary

  • Requires local government agencies, including cities, counties, and school districts, to comply with specific state laws providing for public access to meetings of local government bodies and records of government officials.
  • Eliminates requirements that the State reimburse local government agencies for compliance with these laws.

Fiscal impact

  • Reduced state payments to local governments in the tens of millions of dollars annually.
  • Potential increased local government costs of tens of millions of dollars annually from possible additional state requirements on local governments to make information available to the public.

November 4

Proposition 43

See also: California Proposition 43, Water Bond (2014)

Title

Safe, Clean, and Reliable Drinking Water Supply Act of 2012.

Summary

To protect water quality and ensure safe, clean drinking water; meet the water supply needs of California residents, farms, businesses; expand water conservation and recycling; restore fish and wildlife habitat; reduce polluted runoff that contaminates rivers, streams, beaches, and bays; and protect the safety of water supplies threatened by earthquakes and other natural disasters; the State of California shall issue bonds totalling eleven billion one hundred forty million dollars ($11,140,000,000) paid from existing state funds subject to independent, annual audits, and citizen oversight.

Fiscal impact

Increased state bond costs of under $385 million annually through 2015, thereafter reaching $765 million annually for a few decades. Potentially significant state and local operations and maintenance costs and local costs for matching requirements.

Proposition 44

Note: There is no ballot title, summary or fiscal note for Proposition 44 as of July 9, 2014.

Proposition 45

See also: California Proposition 45, Insurance Companies Required to Justify Their Rates to the Public Initiative (2014)

Title

Approval of Healthcare Insurance Rate Changes. Initiative Statute.

Summary

Requires health insurance rate changes to be approved by Insurance Commissioner before taking effect. Requires sworn statement by health insurer as to accuracy of information submitted to Insurance Commissioner to justify rate changes. Provides for public notice, disclosure and hearing on health insurance rate changes, and subsequent judicial review. Does not apply to employer large group health plans. Prohibits health, auto and homeowners insurers from determining policy eligibility or rates based on lack of prior coverage or credit history.

Fiscal impact

Increased state administrative costs ranging in the low millions to low tens of millions of dollars annually to regulate health insurance rates, funded with revenues collected from filing fees paid by health insurance companies.

Proposition 46

See also: California Proposition 46, Medical Malpractice Lawsuits Cap and Drug Testing of Doctors (2014)

Title

Drug and Alcohol Testing of Doctors. Medical Negligence Lawsuits. Initiative Statute.

Summary

Requires drug and alcohol testing of doctors and reporting of positive test to the California Medical Board. Requires Board to suspend doctor pending investigation of positive test and take disciplinary action if doctor was impaired while on duty. Requires doctors to report any other doctor suspected of drug or alcohol impairment or medical negligence. Requires health care practitioners to consult state prescription drug history database before prescribing certain controlled substances. Increases $250,000 cap on pain and suffering damages in medical negligence lawsuits to account for inflation.

Fiscal impact

Increased state and local government health care costs from raising the cap on medical malpractice damages, likely ranging from the tens of millions of dollars to several hundred million dollars annually.

Uncertain, but potentially significant, state and local government savings from new requirements on health care providers, such as provisions related to prescription drug monitoring and alcohol and drug testing of physicians. These savings would offset to some extent the health care costs noted above.

Proposition 47

See also: California Proposition 47, Reduced Penalties for Some Crimes Initiative (2014)

Title

Criminal Sentences. Misdemeanor Penalties. Initiative Statute.

Summary

Requires misdemeanor sentence instead of felony for petty theft, receiving stolen property, and forging/writing bad checks when value or amount involved is $950 or less. Requires misdemeanor sentence instead of felony for certain drug possession offenses. Allows felony sentence for these offenses if person has previous conviction for crimes such as rape, murder or child molestation or is a registered sex offender. Requires resentencing for persons serving felony sentences for these offenses unless court finds unreasonable public safety risk. Applies savings to mental health and drug treatment programs, K-12 schools, and crime victims.

Fiscal impact

Net state criminal justice system savings that could reach the low hundreds of millions of dollars annually, which would be spent on truancy prevention, mental health and substance abuse treatment, and victim services. Net county criminal justice system savings that could reach the low hundreds of millions of dollars annually.

Proposition 48

See also: California Proposition 48, Referendum on Indian Gaming Compacts (2014)

Title

Referendum to Overturn Indian Gaming Compacts.

Summary

If signed by the required number of registered voters and timely filed with the Secretary of State, this petition will place on the statewide ballot a challenge to a state law previously approved by the Legislature and the Governor. The law must then be approved by a majority of voters at the next statewide election to go into effect. The law ratifies two gaming compacts (with the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians, and the Wiyot Tribe); and it exempts execution of the compacts, certain projects, and intergovernmental agreements from the California Environmental Quality Act.

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