California 2012 ballot propositions

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Altogether, thirteen statewide ballot propositions were on the 2012 ballot in California.

2012 was a high-stakes, high-drama ballot proposition year in California.

A mid-season tug-of-war led to a successful effort to change the traditional order of how the propositions are numbered, and the order in which they appeared on the ballot. A "trailer bill" appended to the 2012 budget and signed by Jerry Brown required that all proposed constitutional amendments were to appear at the top of the ballot proposition portion of the ballot, before any proposed state statutes appear. This was done to give an advantage to Jerry Brown's Tax increase for Education(Proposition 30), a proposed constitutional amendment, over Molly Munger's Tax increase for Education(Proposition 38), which was a proposed statute[1][2][3][4]

The 2012 ballot was the first time in the hundred-year history of initiative & referendum California that no legislative referrals were on a general election year ballot in the state.[5]

The total amount spent collecting signatures to qualify propositions for the 2012 ballot was $28,244,069.

On the ballot

See also: 2012 ballot measures

June 5:

Type Title Subject Description Result
CICA Proposition 28 Term limits Limit of 8 years (senate)/6 years (assembly) replaced with 12-year limit on combined service Approveda
CISS Proposition 29 Taxes Increase the tax on cigarettes to fund cancer research Defeatedd

November 6:

Type Title Subject Description Result
CICA Proposition 30 Taxes Jerry Brown's Tax Increase (revenues for general fund and education) Approveda
CICA/SS Proposition 31 State budget Two-Year Budget Cycle Defeatedd
CISS Proposition 32 Labor Ban on corporate and union contributions to state and local candidates Defeatedd
CISS Proposition 33 Insurance Car insurance rates can be based on a person's history of insurance coverage ("persistency discounts") Defeatedd
CISS Proposition 34 Death penalty "End the Death Penalty" Defeatedd
CISS Proposition 35 Law enforcement Increased Penalties for Human Trafficking and Sex Slavery ApprovedaOverturnedot
CISS Proposition 36 Law enforcement Modification of the "Three Strikes" Law Approveda
CISS Proposition 37 Regulations Mandatory Labeling of Genetically Engineered Food Defeatedd
CISS Proposition 38 Taxes Molly Munger's State Income Tax Increase for Education Defeatedd
CISS Proposition 39 Taxes Income Tax Increase for Multistate Businesses Approveda
VR Proposition 40 Redistricting Referendum on the State Senate Redistricting Plan Approveda

Summary of campaign spending

This chart is a summary of donations to the various campaign committees involved with promoting or opposing the propositions on the November 6, 2012, ballot as of Saturday, November 3, 2012.

In California, campaign committees can register as being simultaneously involved with multiple ballot propositions. Because of this, if you were to add up all the donations listed below, the number you would get is higher than the total that has actually been contributed. For example, the $53.4 million donated to defeat Proposition 30 overlapped with the $60.5 million donated to support Proposition 32 by the over $43 million that was given to the Small Business Action Committee.

Proposition Donations in favor Donations against
Proposition 30 $67,100,000 $53,400,000
Proposition 31 $4,400,000 $573,700
Proposition 32 $60,500,000 $73,300,000
Proposition 33 $17,100,000 $275,700
Proposition 34 $7,400,000 $391,900
Proposition 35 $3,700,000 $0
Proposition 36 $2,700,000 $119,900
Proposition 37 $8,700,000 $45,600,000
Proposition 38 $47,800,000 $42,300
Proposition 39 $31,400,000 $45,000
Proposition 40 $601,100 $2,300,000

Shuffling ballots

Three of 2012's questions were originally scheduled to appear on the February 7 presidential preference ballot. However, on July 29, 2011, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill that moved California's presidential primary from February 7 to June 5.[6] Then, on October 7, Brown signed Senate Bill 202, thereby moving all ballot proposition elections in 2012 onto the November 6, 2012 ballot, with the exception of two initiatives that had already been qualified for the June 5 election.

The Rainy Day Budget Stabilization Act was originally certified for the November 6, 2012, ballot. However, a line was included in Senate Bill 202, signed by Gov. Brown on October 7, 2011, that moved the Rainy Day Act from the November 6, 2012, ballot to the November 4, 2014 ballot.

The Water Bond Measure, up until June 5, 2012, was scheduled to be on the November 6 ballot; at that time, the state legislature acted to remove it from the 2012 ballot and place it, instead, on the state's 2014 ballot.

Initiative petitions

Cost of processing

It cost 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.[7]

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."[8]

Circulation procedures

See also: Potential 2012 ballot measures and California 2014 ballot propositions

The process of qualifying an initiative for the ballot in California begins when its proponents file the proposed language of the new law with the Attorney General of California. 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 then have 150 days from the date that the title and summary were prepared to collect and submit to election officials the required signatures.

To qualify for the 2012 ballot, regardless of their initiative's "150-day deadline," proponents had to file their signatures by March 2, 2012 (if a full check of all signatures was required) or by the "suggested deadline" of April 20, 2012, if so many signatures were filed that the random sampling system came into play.

In 2012, five major proposed initiatives filed their signatures between May 1 and May 15, 2012, well after the "suggested deadline" of April 20 provided by election officials, and still qualified for the November ballot.[9][10][11][12] (Sponsors of a sixth initiative filed their signatures on May 18[13]; this measure did not qualify in time to make the 2012 ballot and will instead appear on the state's 2014 ballot).

Cost of signatures

See also: California ballot initiative petition signature costs
Ballot measure Subject Signature collection company Cost Signatures required CPRS
Proposition 28 Term limits Kimball Petition Management $1,424,087 694,354 $2.05
Proposition 29 Taxes Arno Political Consultants $663,867 433,971 $1.53
Proposition 30 Taxes Kimball Petition Management $8,773,490 807,615 $10.86
Proposition 31 Budgets Progressive Campaigns (PCI) $2,806,880 807,615 $3.48
Proposition 32 Labor Bader & Associates $1,170,886 504,760 $2.32
Proposition 33 Insurance Arno Political Consultants $1,700,916 504,760 $3.37
Proposition 34 Death penalty Kimball Petition Management $1,418,122 504,760 $2.81
Proposition 35 Law enforcement Progressive Campaigns (PCI) $1,437,523 504,760 $2.85
Proposition 36 Law enforcement Progressive Campaigns (PCI) $1,475,775 504,760 $2.92
Proposition 37 Regulation Masterson & Wright $1,463,968 504,760 $2.90
Proposition 38 Taxes Arno Political Consultants, 12 others $4,952,513 504,760 $9.81
Proposition 39 Taxes Masterson & Wright $1,796,003 504,760 $3.56
Proposition 40 Redistricting Bader & Associates $584,126 504,760 $1.18
TOTAL: $28,244,069

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 #10-0004 Public fund investments prohibited in businesses that do business with Israel
CICA #10-0018 Parental notification required prior to minor's abortion
CICA #10-0019 No divorces
CISS #10-0020 Public fund investments prohibited in businesses that do business with Israel
CISS #10-0021 Require mortgage lenders to reduce mortgage balances to current fair market value of property
CICA #10-0022 Speech based on "biblical authority" granted absolute first amendment speech protections
CISS #10-0023 Requires law enforcement personnel to investigate immigration status of possible illegal immigrants
CISS #10-0024 Electoral college votes determined by presidential vote in congressional districts
CISS #11-0001 "Election Day Holiday Act"
CISS #11-0003 "Article V Convention"
CICA #11-0005 "Save Our Secret Ballot in California Act"
CICA #11-0006 "California Deficit Prevention Act"
CICA #11-0007 "Public Employee Pension Reform Act"
CISS #11-0008 "The Nuclear Waste Act of 2011"
CICA #11-0009 "Best Practices Budget Accountability Act"
#11-0010 Qualified for the ballot
CISS #11-0011 "Regulate Marijuana Like Wine Act"
CISS #11-0012 No CalWORKS Benefits for Children of Undocumented Immigrants
#11-0013 Qualified for the ballot
CICA #11-0014 "Foreclosure Modification Amendment"
CICA #11-0015 Parental Notification Before Minor's Abortion
CICA #11-0016 Parental Notification Before Minor's Abortion
CICA #11-0018 Public Pension and Retirement Systems Required to Invest in California Businesses
VR #11-0019 The "Amazon Sales Tax" Referendum
CICA #11-0020 "End Public Sector Bargaining Act"
CICA #11-0021 "Tax Public Pensions Above $100,000 Per Year Act"
CICA #11-0022 "Raise Public Pension Retirement Ages Act"
VR #11-0023 Non-Discrimination Requirements for School Material, Repeal of SB 48
VR #11-0024 $150 Fire Prevention Fee
VR #11-0025 Redevelopment Agencies
CISS #11-0026 "Pension Solvency Act"
CISS #11-0027 Purchase of State and Local Materials
#11-0028 Qualified for the ballot
CISS #11-0029 No Special Benefits for Incumbents, Officials or Candidates Initiative
CISS #11-0030 Incumbents, Officials and Candidates Not Allowed to Favor Large Donors
CISS #11-0031 Politicians Made Personally Liable for Unscrupulous Behavior
CISS #11-0032 Cap on Retirement Benefits for Government Officials and Advisors
CISS #11-0033 Tax on Oil
#11-0035 Qualified for the ballot
VR #11-0036 Referendum on the U.S. Congress Redistricting Plan
CICA #11-0037 Parental Notification Before Minor's Abortion
CICA #11-0038 Parental Notification Before Minor's Abortion
CISS #11-0039 Regulate Marijuana Like Wine
CISS #11-0040 Reduced Marijuana Penalties
CICA #11-0041 Define human personhood as beginning at moment of conception
CISS #11-0042 Rules governing disposal of nuclear waste
CICA/SS #11-0043 Eliminate Environmental Protection Laws and Agencies
CISS #11-0044 Tax on oil to fund education
CISS #11-0045 Tax on prescriptions of controlled substances
CISS #11-0046 "Repeal Cannabis Prohibition Act"
VR #11-0047 Referendum on SB 202
CICA #11-0048 Parental Notification Before Minor's Abortion
CICA #11-0049 Parental Notification Before Minor's Abortion
VR #11-0050 Referendum on AB 131, the Non-Resident Tuition Act
CICA #11-0051 Tax on California Oil and Gas
CISS #11-0052 "Repeal the Dills Act"
CISS #11-0053 Initiative to Require State Law Enforcement Officers to Enforce Federal Immigration Laws
CICA #11-0054 Regulation of Corporations
VR #11-0055 Referendum on AB 1236, the Prohibition on Use of E-Verify Act
CISS #11-0056 Concealed Carry for Firearms
#11-0057 Qualified for the ballot
CICA #11-0058 Right of Same-Sex Couples to Marry
#11-0059 Qualified for the ballot
CISS #11-0060 Variety of Rules and Regulations on Health Insurers
CICA #11-0061 Guarantee of Sales Tax Allocations to Local Governments
CISS #11-0062 Online K-12 Education, College Preparatory Courses
CICA #11-0063, 64 Pension Reform
CISS #11-0065 State Police Required to Enforce Federal Immigration Laws
CICA #11-0066 No Benefits for Part-Time Local Officials
CICA #11-0067 Very Significant Expansion in Size of State Legislature
#11-0068 Qualified for the ballot
CICA #11-0069 State Legislature Must Be 50% Female
CISS #11-0070 Approval of Healthcare Insurance Rate Changes
#11-0072 Signatures submitted, but too late for the 2012 ballot
CISS #11-0073 Marijuana Legalization
CISS #11-0074 Repeal Non-Discrimination Requirements for School Instruction
CISS #11-0075 Permit Parents to Excuse Children from Instruction in Social Sciences and Family Life
CICA #11-0076, 77 Parental Notification Before Minor's Abortion
CICA #11-0078 Pollution Producers To Pay for Pollution Mitigation
CICA #11-0079 Fees on Pollution Producers to Pay for Mitigation
#11-0080 Qualified for the ballot
CISS #11-0081 Charity Care Provided by Non-Profit Hospitals
CISS #11-0082 Limit on Prices Set by Private Hospitals
CISS #11-0083 Repeal of Non-Discrimination Requirements for School Instruction
CICA #11-0084 Elimination of California High Speed Rail Authority
CISS #11-0085 Repeals Non-Discrimination Requirements for School Instruction
CICA/SS #11-0086 Tuition & Fees at California Colleges Paid by Taxpayers, Not Students
CICA #11-0087 Tax Assessment Required of Most Commercial Property Every Three Years
CISS #11-0089 Payment of State Income Tax by Undocumented Workers
CICA #11-0090 Jerry Brown's (First) Tax Increase Proposal
CISS #11-0091 "Millionaire's Tax"
CICA #11-0092 Government Spending Limits
CISS #11-0093 "Children Learning Accurate Social Science"
CISS #11-0094 "Protection from Transnational Gangs" Initiative
CICA #11-0095 Part-Time Legislature/Two-Year Budget Cycle Initiative
CISS #11-0096 Tax on Oil; Revenues to Higher Education
CISS #11-0097 "Corporate Political Accountability" Initiative
CISS #11-0098 Regulation and Taxation of Medical Marijuana Industry
#11-0099 Qualified for the ballot
#11-0100 Qualified for the ballot
CICA #12-0001 Jerry Brown's (First) Tax Increase Proposal
CICA #12-0002 Property Tax Exemption for Disabled Vets
CICA #12-0003 "Corporations Are Not People"
CISS #12-0004 "Stop the $100 Billion Bullet Train to Nowhere"
CISS #12-0005 Medical Marijuana Patient Access and Associations
CICA #12-0006 "Public Postsecondary Student Tuition and Fees"
CICA #12-0007 "Government Spending Limit" Initiative
#12-0009 Qualified for the ballot

Legislative referrals

This is a list of some proposals that members of the California State Legislature had introduced as potential statewide ballot propositions. However, none of these propositions ultimately qualified for the ballot.[5]

Type Title Subject Description
Advisory AB 78 Immigration Create a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants
LRCA SCA 5 Elections Reduce threshold required to pass parcel taxes from 2/3rds to 55%
LRCA ACA 6 I&R Ballot initiatives to spend money must identify where money would come from
LRCA SCA 7 Admin of gov't Public bodies required to post agendas and disclose any actions taken in meetings

Local ballot measures

See also: Local ballot measure elections in 2012

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