California 2016 ballot propositions
On the ballot
|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|
|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|
- 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.
|Initiative||Marijuana Legalization Initiative||Marijuana||Legalizes recreational marijuana|
|Initiative||Public Pension Cuts Initiative||Pension||Implements cuts to California's public pension system, CalPERS|
|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|
|Legislative Control over University of California Amendment||Education||Subjects the UC system and Regents to legislative control as provided by statute|
|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|
|Public Bills Amendment||Gov't Acc||Requires that all bills be made public for at least 72 hours before being voted upon|
|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.
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."
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.
As of March 24, 2015, these measures have been approved for circulation.
|14-0010||Resident Deportation Ban Initiative||March 30, 2015|
|14-0012||"Innocent Human Life" Initiative||August 17, 2015|
|14-0013||"Secret Abortions" Initiative||August 19, 2015|
|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|
|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|
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.
|CISS||N/A||Federal Government Censure|
|#14-0009||Public Vote on Bonds|
- San Francisco Chronicle, "2016 election poised for initiative avalanche," December 11, 2014
- Fox & Hounds, "Top 10 Measures Likely to Appear on November 2016 California Ballot," December 15, 2014
- The Sacramento Bee, "Jerry Brown has nearly $24 million for future ballot campaigns," January 29, 2015
- Los Angeles Daily News, "Expect a ballot initiative carnival in 2016: Thomas Elias," February 16, 2015