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California 2016 ballot propositions

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Four statewide ballot propositions have been certified for the 2016 ballot in California. One legislative referral is on the June 7, 2016, primary ballot and one is on the November 8, 2016, general election ballot. Additionally, one initiative and one veto referendum are on the general election ballot.

On the ballot

June 7:

Type Title Subject Description
LRCA Suspension of Legislators Amendment Legislature Requires a two-thirds majority to suspend a legislator and defines the removal of rights, privileges and powers of a suspended legislator

November 8:

Type Title Subject Description
CICA/SS Medi-Cal Hospital Reimbursement Initiative Healthcare Requires voter approval of changes to the hospital fee program
LRSS Multilingual Education Act Education Repeals Prop 227 of 1998, thus allowing for bilingual education in public schools
VR Plastic Bag Ban Referendum Business Ratifies SB 270, thus prohibiting plastic single-use carryout bags

Pending initiatives

See also: Potential 2016 ballot measures

Proposed initiatives and referrals

Some initiatives are publicly proposed before they are officially proposed to the attorney general's office. The following is a list of proposed legislative referrals and unofficially proposed initiatives.


Type Title Subject Description
Initiative Marijuana Legalization Initiative Marijuana Legalizes recreational marijuana
Initiative Public Pension Cuts Initiative Pension Implements cuts to California's public pension system, CalPERS
CICA Governor to President Initiative State Exec Renames the California Governor to California President
CISS National Flag Initiative Fed Con Requires the California state flag to be displayed at equal height with the United States national flag
CISS Out-of-State Political Contributions Initiative Elections Prohibits out-of-state political donations


Type Title Subject Description
LRCA Legislative Control over University of California Amendment Education Subjects the UC system and Regents to legislative control as provided by statute
LRCA Age to Vote in Primary Amendment Suffrage Allows a person who is 17, but who will be 18-years old at the time of a general election, to vote in the primary or intervening special election
LRCA Public Bills Amendment Gov't Acc Requires that all bills be made public for at least 72 hours before being voted upon
LRCA People’s Government Amendment Con Language Makes technical, non-substantive changes to the provision that all political power is inherent in the people
LBM Safe Neighborhood Parks, Rivers, and Coastal Protection Bonds Bonds Authorizes the issuance of bonds for a safe neighborhood parks, rivers and coastal protection program

Cost of processing

It costs the Attorney General of California about $5,000 per filed initiative to implement the required process of issuing a ballot title and summary. Those who file proposed initiatives are only required to pay $200 of this cost, or 4% of the actual cost of processing each initiative. The $200-per-filed-initiative fee was set in 1943.[1]

Political consultant Steven Maviglio commented on the number of filed proposals, "It all boils down to money. There's a $3 million gap, sometimes thankfully, between an idea for the ballot and the reality of getting before the voters. Unfortunately, filing a ballot initiative has become a publicity stunt...This also has become a business operation for many political consultants. Dream up an idea, file a measure, and then see if you can find a Sugar Daddy to fund it. Many of the measures will end up falling by the wayside if they can't attract the millions required to be on the ballot and then approved by voters."[2]

Submitted to Att'y General

When an initiative proponent has prepared the text of a ballot initiative they hope to qualify for the ballot, they must submit this text to the "Initiative Coordinator" at the Office of the Attorney General of California with an accompanying letter requesting that the Attorney General's office prepare a ballot title and summary of the proposal.

Once the AG's office has prepared that title and summary, they send a copy of it to the initiative's sponsor and to the California Secretary of State's office. Each initiative is given a "summary date." This date is determined by the Attorney General's office and is the date that they provide the summary to the sponsor. Each initiative then has a circulation deadline that is 150 days after its summary date, while proposed veto referendums have a circulation deadline that is 90 days after the legislation targeted by the referendum was signed by the Governor of California.

As of March 24, 2015, these initiatives are pending review.

Type Identifying # Proponent Received by AG Title expected Working title
CISS #15-0006 Louis J. Marinelli February 20, 2015 April 28, 2015 Devolution Panel Initiative
CISS #15-0007 Steve Clark February 26, 2015 May 4, 2015 Spousal Support Awards Initiative
CISS #15-0008 Matt McLaughlin February 26, 2015 May 4, 2015 “Sodomite Suppression” Initiative
CISS #15-0009 Michael Weinstein March 2, 2015 May 6, 2015 Drug Price Relief Initiative
CISS #15-0010 James T. Lawrence March 23, 2015 May 27, 2015 Use of Unreasonable Force Initiative

Cleared for circulation

Once the Office of the Attorney General of California has prepared a ballot title and a summary of a proposed initiative, the initiative is considered to be "cleared for circulation". Its supporters than have 150 days from the date that the title and summary were prepared to collect and submit to election officials the required signatures. Many times, initiative sponsors submit more than one version of a proposed initiative to the Attorney General's office. When this happens, a circulation deadline for an earlier version may elapse with no signatures having been submitted, but the general idea of that initiative is still in play because its sponsors have instead set their sights on circulating a version that filed later on that has, or will have, a later circulation deadline.

See also: Signature requirements for ballot measures in California

The signature deadlines for the approved-for-circulation initiatives below are based on when the Attorney General of California provided a ballot title and summary for the proposal.

As of March 24, 2015, these measures have been approved for circulation.

Type Title Description Signature deadline
CICA 14-0010 Resident Deportation Ban Initiative March 30, 2015
CICA 14-0012 "Innocent Human Life" Initiative August 17, 2015
CICA 14-0013 "Secret Abortions" Initiative August 19, 2015
CICA 14-0014 "Secret Abortions" Initiative August 24, 2015
CISS 15-0001 Nuclear Waste Regulation Initiative September 10, 2015
CISS 15-0002 Electric Utility District Initiative September 10, 2015
CICA 15-0003 Public Vote on Bonds September 10, 2015
CISS 15-0004 Condoms in Pornographic Films September 14, 2015
CISS 15-0005 Public Education Facilities Bond September 21, 2015

Withdrawn/missed deadline

See also: Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot


Note that initiative sponsors sometimes file multiple versions of what is essentially the same ballot initiative with the Attorney General of California. Each version is given its own summary date and circulation date. This means that while the circulation deadline may come and go on one version of the initiative without signatures being filed, the initiative itself may still be alive, if its sponsors are pinning their hopes on a later version of the initiative with a deadline farther in the future.

Type Identifying # Description
CISS N/A Federal Government Censure
CICA/SS #13-0063 "Six Californias"
CICA #14-0009 Public Vote on Bonds

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