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California 2008 ballot propositions

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Twenty-one (21) statewide ballot propositions were on the 2008 ballot in California.

Twelve were on the November 4, 2008 ballot, in addition to 380 local ballot measures.[1] Seven of the twelve November propositions were approved by voters. Cumulative spending on the November statewide ballot proposition campaigns was about $227 million.[2]

The November general election was the third time Californians went to the polls in 2008 to vote on statewide ballot propositions. On February 5, in addition to voting on presidential contenders in the Republican and Democratic party primaries, voters considered four referenda about the tribal gaming compacts and three unsuccessful initatives, including another contender in the long-running term limits issue which began in 1990.

The June 3 ballot addressed eminent domain, with Prop 98 losing in a landslide and Prop 99 coasting to a comfortable victory.

Altogether, twenty-one propositions were voted on in 2008:

On the ballot

February 5

See also: California 2008 presidential primary election results
Type Title Subject Description Result
CICA Proposition 91 Transportation Transportation funding Defeatedd
CICA/SS Proposition 92 Education Community College funding Defeatedd
CICA Proposition 93 Term limits Soften term limits Defeatedd
VR Proposition 94 Gambling Adds new slot machines, gives higher % of gambling revenues to state government Approveda
VR Proposition 95 Gambling Adds new slot machines, gives higher % of gambling revenues to state government Approveda
VR Proposition 96 Gambling Adds new slot machines, gives higher % of gambling revenues to state government Approveda
VR Proposition 97 Gambling Adds new slot machines, gives higher % of gambling revenues to state government Approveda

June 3

Type Title Subject Description Result
CICA Proposition 98 Eminent domain Bar state from condemning or damaging private property for private uses Defeatedd
CICA Proposition 99 Eminent domain Bar gov't from using eminent domain to acquire an owner-occupied residence Approveda

November 4

Type Title Subject Description Result
LBM Proposition 1A Bonds $9.95 billion in bonds for high-speed rail Approveda
CISS Proposition 2 Animal rights Regulations on animal confinement practices Approveda
CISS Proposition 3 Bonds $980 million in bonds for children’s hospitals. Approveda
CICA Proposition 4 Abortion Waiting period and parental notification before minors obtain abortions Defeatedd
CISS Proposition 5 Law enforcement Treatment for youth; rehab and shorter parole for nonviolent adult drug offenders Defeatedd
CISS Proposition 6 Law enforcement Increase crime prevention programs, harsher penalties on crime Defeatedd
CISS Proposition 7 Environment Promotes use of alternative fuels Defeatedd
CICA Proposition 8 Marriage Eliminates the right of same-sex couples to marry ApprovedaOverturnedot
CICA/SS Proposition 9 Law enforcement Laws governing treatment crime victims and parole procedures Approveda
CISS Proposition 10 Environment $5 billion in bonds for alternative fuels Defeatedd
CICA/SS Proposition 11 Redistricting Independent commission to draw legislative district boundaries Approveda
LBM Proposition 12 Bonds $900 million in bonds for home, farm purchasing assistance for vets Approveda

Role of billionaires

Four men who are on the list of Forbes 400 richest Americans were the primary sponsors of five of the twelve propositions on the November ballot:

Only one of the five ballot propositions that was primarily sponsored by a billionaire passed--Proposition 9.

Didn't make ballot

Title Subject Description
Drinking Water Bond Act Bonds $6,835,000,000 ($6.835 billion) in bonds for water projects
College Affordability Act Education Freeze mandatory fees paid by undergraduates for attending state universities for 5 years
Teacher Recruitment Education School districts prohibited from paying any employee a salary higher than that of highest-paid classroom teacher.
Protect Marriage Marriage Defines marriage as between one man and one woman
Eminent Domain Protection Eminent domain Restricts the use of eminent domain
Water Storage & Reliability Bond issue $11,690,000,000 ($11.69 billion) bond issue for water projects
Human Embryo Research Stem cells Bans "destructive human embryo research"
Human Cloning Ban Stem cells Bans human cloning
Abortion restrictions Abortion Ban on abortions at viability
Fair Districts Act Elections State legislative district boundary-drawing reforms
Healthcare for Veterans Health care Should U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs fully fund health care for vets?
Health Security Health care Establishes a California Health Security Plan
Voter Restoration Act Election reform State legislative district boundary-drawing reforms
Prisoner Rehabilitation Law enforcement Allows inmates more access to educational, treatment and visitation programs
Dietary Supplement Expense Taxes Medical expense deduction on state income tax for dietary supplements and special foods.
Repeals marijuana penalties Marijuana Decriminalizes marijuana
Tangible Ballots Elections Votes on a direct-recording electronic device must result in a tangible ballot
Prohibits sterilization Animal rights Forbids sterilization of animals or humans
Domestic Partnerships Marriage Only marriage between one man and one woman is recognized
Property Ownership Property rights Forbids local governments from denying land ownership
Animals are Property Animal rights Defines animals as property
Prohibition of Identification Devices Animal rights Prohibits placing identification devices under animal or human skin
Animal license fees Animal rights Forbids local governments from charging more than $50 for an animal license
Stray and relinguished animals Animal rights Establishes statewide standards for animal euthansia at shelters
Right to Health Health care Declares that health is a fundamental constitutional right
Health insurance Health care Health insurance for children
Taxpayer Protection Act Elections and campaigns Would prohibit taxpayer-funded lobbying
Political Party Nomination Elections Select presidential electors by proportional plurality vote if other states do, too
Corporate Crimes Business regulation Require business execs to report corporate crimes in writing
Electoral College Reform Elections Require parties to nominate a presidential elector from each congressional district
National Popular Vote Act Elections Presidential election would be based on popular vote
Healthy Californians Act Health care Would add "and affordable health care" to the bill of rights
Class Action Reform Act Judicial reform Reform class action regulations
Non-Profit Plaintiffs Act Judicial reform Allow certain non-profits to be plaintiffs in class-action lawsuits
Shareholder Approval of Compensation Business regulation If a public company does business in California, its shareholders must approve the compensation plans for the top 10 highest paid executives
Corporate Accountability Act Business regulation Compensate the public for the harm inflicted by corporate fraud
Prison Population Reduction Act Law enforcement Reduce prison population through work time credit and resentencing
Prisoner Rights Act Law enforcement Rehabilitation education for prisoners
Nuclear Energy Regulations Nuclear power Repeals existing restrictions on state approval of construction of nuclear power plants
Redistricting Proposal Redistricting Establishes Citizens Redistricting Commission
Wealth Tax Taxes Imposes 45% tax on value of property exceeding $40 million
Child Abuse Reporting Welfare To requiring training on recognizing child abuse and neglect to all those that are required to report it by law
Redistricting Proposal Redistricting Establishes Citizens Redistricting Commission
Worker's Compensation Health care Allows employees to choose medical treatment centers without company approval when injured "because of" work
Legislature Reimbursement Admin of gov't Restricts reimbursements to travel expenses. Would reduces expenses by $4.5 million annually
Lobbying Gifts Elections Bans legislatures from accepting gift from lobbyists or trade associations
Class Action Lawsuits Judiciary
Corporate Crime Reporting Business regulation
Treatment of Farm Animals Animal rights Enclosed animals must be able to fully extend their limbs or wings, lie down, stand up, and turn around.
Internet Poker Statute Gambling Creates a state owned poker site
Limit on Marriage Marriage Defines marriage as between one man and one woman
Pension reform Health care Reduces pension and retirement health care benefits for all public employees hired after July 9th, 2009
Personal Income Tax Abolishment Taxes Abolishes state personal income tax. Increases state sales and use tax by 5.5 percent.
Universal Health Care Reform Health care Would pass the Governor's plans for universal health care
Candidate Vote Requirement Election Reform Mandates a runoff election when no candidate in a state or federal election receives more than 50 percent of the total votes
Uninsured motorist Law enforcement Police officers who issue a citation for failure to provide proof of insurance must also remove the vehicle’s license plates

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