Four more initiatives added in last-minute California qualification

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June 25, 2010


SACRAMENTO, California:

Nine initiated propositions and only one legislative referral have qualified for the November 2, 2010 ballot in California. On the June 24 deadline for making the cut, the Office of the California Secretary of State announced that the Final Four had slipped in under the wire and onto the ballot. The nine successful initiated measures join one referred measure (Water Bonds). Although the deadline for initiated measures has now passed, the California State Legislature still has several weeks to add additional referred measures to the November ballot.

Some ballot measure watchers say that the theme of the 2010 ballot is taxes, government spending and fiscal policy. Three of the newly-certified California measures support that observation. One measure would allow the state budget (but not tax increases) to be enacted with a simple majority vote of the California legislature versus the current 2/3rds requirement. Another says that voters must give permission before any new taxes can be imposed and a third measure eliminates three corporate tax breaks.

The fourth newly-certified measure will allow a different set of trend-spotters to claim that the 2010 ballot is all about The War of Redistricting.

Of the nine initiated measures on the November ballot, 4 propose new statutes, while 5 would amend the California Constitution.

List of qualified measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
CISS Proposition 19 Marijuana Legalize and tax marijuana Defeatedd
CICA Proposition 20 Elections Congressional district lines to be re-drawn by a committee Approveda
CISS Proposition 21 Taxes Increase vehicle license fees by $18 a year to fund state parks Defeatedd
CICA Proposition 22 State spending State government prohibited from taking designated types of local funds Approveda
CISS Proposition 23 Environment Suspend AB 32, the "Global Warming Solutions Act" until unemployment falls below 5.5% for a year Defeatedd
CISS Proposition 24 Taxes Eliminates three business tax breaks Defeatedd
CICA Proposition 25 State spending Budget and related legislation can be passed with simple majority, rather than current 2/3rds requirement Approveda
CICA Proposition 26 Taxes Requires a 2/3 supermajority vote in the legislature to pass certain state and local fees Approveda
CICA Proposition 27 Elections Return task of redistricting to the California State Legislature (repealing Prop 11) Defeatedd

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