California "Seniors Home Care Cost Accountability" Initiative (2014)

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A California "Seniors Home Care Cost Accountability" Initiative (#13-0064) has been approved for circulation in California as a contender for the November 4, 2014 ballot as an initiated state statute. Another version (#13-0040) was withdrawn before being approved for a ballot title or summary.

Text of measure

Ballot title:

In-Home Care Providers. Expenditures. Initiative Statute.

Official summary:

"Requires businesses providing in-home care services to spend at least 75% of their total annual home care service revenue on direct patient care. Limits administrative expenses, management compensation, and profit distributions collectively to 25% of revenue. Establishes state program to administer and enforce measure, provider fees, and fines up to $10,000 per year plus mandatory license revocation for violations. Dedicates fees and fines to fund program. Requires providers to prepare annual reports showing revenue and expenditures. Requires publication of these reports and information on provider violations."

Fiscal impact statement:

(Note: The fiscal impact statement for a California ballot initiative authorized for circulation is jointly prepared by the state's Legislative Analyst and its Director of Finance.)

"State administrative costs of between $8 million and $11 million annually, with the authority to fully recover these costs from fees levied on certain home care organizations."

Path to the ballot

See also: Signature requirements for ballot measures in California
Note: April 18, 2014 was the deadline for initiative and referendum proponents to submit collected signatures to county election officials, as suggested by the California Secretary of State.[1] The deadline, however, has operated in the past as a date of assured consideration. Signatures for initiatives, such as 2012's Proposition 30 and Proposition 31, have been submitted upwards of eighteen days after the deadline and still qualified for the general election ballot for that year. Proponents of initiatives who submit their signatures after the April 18 deadline for 2014, but by their initiative's petition circulation deadline, and have their initiative qualified, will have their initiative placed on the 2016 ballot.
  • Brandi Wolf submitted a letter requesting a title and summary for Version #13-0040 on November 6, 2013. This version was withdrawn from consideration by Wolf prior to receiving a title or summary.
  • Brandi Wolf submitted a letter requesting a title and summary for Version #13-0064 on December 23, 2013.
  • A title and summary for Version #13-0064 were issued by the Attorney General of California's office on February 19, 2014.
  • 504,760 valid signatures are required for qualification purposes.
  • Supporters had until July 21, 2014 to collect the required signatures. Filing sufficient signatures by that date would not allow the initiative to compete on the November 4, 2014 ballot.
  • The Secretary of State’s suggested signature filing deadline for the November 4, 2014 ballot was April 18, 2014.

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