California Rules Governing Purchase of State and Local Materials (2012)

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A Rules Governing Purchase of State and Local Materials Initiative (#11-0027), known by its supporters as the Bring Manufacturing Jobs Back to California Act, was approved for circulation in California with a circulation deadline of February 27, 2012. However, its sponsors did not submit petition signatures to election officials by the deadline.

To earn a spot on the state's 2012 ballot, sponsors of the initiative would have had to collect 504,760 signatures.

A letter requesting a title and summary for the proposed initiative was signed by Jim Gonzalez, Bill Zimmerman, and John Thiella and was received by the Attorney General of California's office on August 9, 2011.

11-0027 would have prohibited the State of California and all local government entities throughout the state from purchasing or leasing manufactured tangible personal property, or materials or structural components to be incorporated into real property, that were made outside of the United States. The California State Legislature could provide exemptions only for "specifically identified and particularly described" items. Spare parts for currently owned equipment, books or media intended for libraries, and artwork or artifacts intended for museums, are also exempt from the act.[1]

Text of measure

See also: Ballot titles, summaries and fiscal statements for California's 2012 ballot propositions

Ballot title:

State and Local Government Purchasing. Made in United States. Initiative Statute.

Official summary:

"Amends existing state law, previously held unconstitutional, that required state and local governments to use only products made in the United States. Eliminates exceptions for materials that are not generally produced in the United States, for medical and scientific equipment, for sewing machines, for printing presses, and for office machines and supplies. Creates new limited exceptions for some foreign materials, including where restriction prohibited by federal law, for spare parts for existing equipment, and for literature, artwork, and historical artifacts."

Summary of estimated fiscal impact:

(This is a summary of the initiative's estimated "fiscal impact on state and local government" prepared by the California Legislative Analyst's Office and the Director of Finance.)

"Increased state and local government costs to purchase goods and materials, potentially in the range of hundreds of millions of dollars annually."

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