California 2010 ballot propositions

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14 statewide ballot propositions were on California ballots in 2010, including nine statewide initiatives on the November 2, 2010 ballot and five statewide measures on the June 8, 2010 ballot. Altogether, six propositions were approved and eight were defeated.

More than 90 proposed statewide ballot initiatives had been filed with California election officials or proposed in the California State Legislature as possible contenders for either the June 8, 2010 and November 2, 2010 ballots.[1]

To qualify for the ballot, proposed initiated state statutes needed 433,971 signatures and proposed initiated constitutional amendments needed 694,354 signatures.

Of the 184 ballot measures on statewide ballots nationally in 2010, the 8 of the 10 ballot propositions that attracted the most spending were from California.

On the ballot

2010 propositions
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June 8
Proposition 13
Proposition 14Text
Proposition 15Text
Proposition 16Text
Proposition 17Text
November 2
Proposition 19Text
Proposition 20Text
Proposition 21Text
Proposition 22Text
Proposition 23Text
Proposition 24Text
Proposition 25Text
Proposition 26Text
Proposition 27Text
Local measures

June 8

Through June 2, a cumulative total of $70 million was spent advocating for and against the 5 propositions on the June ballot.[2]

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Proposition 13 Taxes Seismic retrofitting should not add to property's tax assessed value Approveda
LRCA Proposition 14 Elections Top two primary vote getters move to general regardless of party affiliation Approveda
LRSS Proposition 15 Elections Public funding of politician's campaigns Defeatedd
CICA Proposition 16 Elections New two-thirds vote requirement for local public electricity providers Defeatedd
CISS Proposition 17 Regulation Discount for those who have had continuous auto insurance coverage Defeatedd

November 2

See also: 2010 ballot measures and Ballot titles, summaries and fiscal statements for California 2010 ballot propositions

A combined $147 million was spent by proposition supporters and opponents on their campaigns for and against the nine ballot initiatives on the November 2 California ballot.[3]

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

Note: On August 9, Proposition 18, the Water Bond, was removed from the November 2, 2010 ballot. It will appear on the November 6, 2012 ballot instead.

Campaign spending

See also: Donations to California's 2010 ballot propositions

72 campaign committees registered with the California Secretary of State's office, as per the guidelines set out in campaign finance requirements for California ballot measures, as taking a pro or con position on one or more of the state's 2010 statewide ballot propositions.

Of the 72 registered campaign committees, nine committees registered as having a position on two propositions. One committee registered as having a position on 3 propositions, and two committees registered as having a position on four propositions.

31 "yes" positions were registered by the campaign committees, while 59 "no" positions were registered.

17 of the 72 registered committees reported that they received no contributions.

The top 5 donors to the propositions that were on the November 2, 2010 ballot were:[4]

Donor Amount Proposition(s)
California Teachers Association and its parent, the NEA $13,703,624 22, 23, 24, 25, 26
Charles T. Munger, Jr. & Charlotte A. Lowell $12,633,523 20, 27
Thomas Steyer & Kathryn Taylor $6,099,000 23, 26
California & American Federations of Teachers $5,387,240 23, 24, 25, 26, 27
Valero Services, Inc. $5,075,315 23

Cost of signatures

See also: California ballot initiative petition signature costs
Ballot measure Subject Signature collection company Cost Signatures required CPRS
Proposition 16 Elections Arno Political Consultants $2,199,794 694,354 $3.17
Proposition 17 Regulation National Petition Management $2,273,745 433,971 $5.23
Proposition 19 Marijuana Masterson & Wright $987,833 433,971 $2.27
Proposition 20 Elections National Petition Management $1,937,380 694,354 $2.79
Proposition 21 Taxes Masterson & Wright $1,144,515 433,971 $2.64
Proposition 22 State spending Progressive Campaigns $1,646,596 694,354 $2.37
Proposition 23 Environment National Petition Management $2,222,312 433,971 $5.12
Proposition 24 Taxes Kimball Petition Management $1,587,363 433,971 $3.65
Proposition 25 State spending Kimball Petition Management $2,626,808 694,354 $3.78
Proposition 26 Taxes National Petition Management $2,341,023 694,354 $3.37
Proposition 27 Elections Kimball Petition Management $3,031,085 694,354 $4.37
TOTAL: $21,998,454

Local ballot measures

See also: California 2010 local ballot measures

Californians voted on local ballot measures, including local recall measures, on 15 dates throughout 2010. 479 local ballot measures (not including recall measures) were presented to voters in 52 of California's 58 counties.

The six counties that had no local measures in 2010 were Alpine, Calaveras, Lake, Mariposa, Tehama and Trinity.

From 2010 to 2012

See also: California 2012 ballot propositions

Dozens of initiatives whose sponsors filed their measures with election officials in early 2010 did not qualify for the November 2, 2010 ballot but might still qualify for a statewide election in 2012.

This is because when a proposed initiative is given its official ballot title and summary, it is also given a 150-day window for collection of signatures. If initiative sponsors collect sufficient signatures within their 150-day window and turn them in too late to qualify for the November 2010 bllot, their initiative will go on the ballot in a future year.

Not on the ballot


See also: Initiatives that failed to qualify for the 2010 ballot
Type Title Subject Description Fate
CISS Photo ID to Vote (5) Elections Must present government-issued photo ID to vote Missed 2010 deadline
CICA Wealth Tax Taxes Increase taxes on wealthy, create Environmental Superfund Missed 2010 deadline
CISS Human Trafficking Law enforcement Tougher penalties for human trafficking Missed 2010 deadline
CISS Lotteries/Schools Education Increase allocation of lottery proceeds to schools Missed 2010 deadline
CICA Re-Write Constitution Constitution A re-write of the California Constitution Missed 2010 deadline
CISS Ballot Title Reform Elections Change the way that ballot titles are written for California's initiatives Missed 2010 deadline
CISS Voter Information Guide Elections Voter Information Guides for ballot propositions should be online and more informative Missed 2010 deadline
CISS Alcohol Tax Taxes Impose a new surtax on alcohol sold in California Missed 2010 deadline
CISS Auto Insurance Regulations Repeal mandatory auto insurance laws Missed 2010 deadline
CICA Congressional Redistricting Redistricting Transfer redistricting authority to a commission Missed 2010 deadline
CISS Environmental Reports Tort law Only the Attorney General of California can challenge an Environmental Impact Report Missed 2010 deadline
CISS Taxpayer Protection (Lomax) Taxes Changes state tax laws Missed 2010 deadline
CISS Flood Insurance Insurance Flood insurance Missed 2010 deadline
CICA Community Hospitals (7) Taxes State not allowed to tax community hospitals unless certain requirements are met Missed deadline
CICA Corporate Property Tax Increase Taxes Re-assess commercial property every three years Missed deadline
CICA Funds for Public Schools Education Higher taxes on real estate owned by corporations Missed deadline
CICA Public Pension Reform (2) Labor Different pension benefits for newly-hired public employees versus existing public employees Missed deadline
CISS Pension Limits Labor Limits pension payments new government employees will receive when they retire Missed deadline
CISS Corporate Donations (2) Elections Corporations can't give money to political campaigns unless corporate shareholders approve Missed deadline
CICA School Choice for Foster Children Education School vouchers for California's approximately 50,000 foster children Missed deadline
CICA Spending Limits (2) State spending A Taxpayer Bill of Rights-style limitation on government spending growth Missed deadline
CICA Local Control (2) Taxes Required vote on parcel tax 55%, not 67%. 09-0052 and 09-0068. Missed deadline
CICA Parental Notification Abortion Notify parents prior to minor daughter having an abortion Missed deadline
CICA Tax Reform Taxes Change many features of California's tax laws Missed deadline
CISS Legislator Recusal State legislature State legislators would not be allowed to vote on bills that impact their campaign donors Missed deadline
CICA Right to Call Convention Constitution California's electors shall have right to petition for a constitutional convention Missed deadline
CISS Convention Call Constitution Shall California hold a constitutional convention? Missed deadline
CICA Ban on Political Deductions Labor A ban on deducting money for political activities from public employee paychecks Missed deadline
CISS Paycheck Protection Labor Can't deduct union dues from public employee paychecks without written consent Missed deadline
CICA Taxes End at Age 55 Taxes Exempt those over 55 from state income and property taxes Missed deadline
CICA Education Tax Relief Taxes No property, sales or income taxes for Article 9, Section 5 schools Missed deadline
CICA Parental Protection Education Parents are final authority over the education of their children Missed deadline
CICA Grassroots Initiative Reform Direct democracy measures Variety of changes to laws governing the initiative process in California 09-0038 Missed deadline
CICA Illegal to Lie when Campaigning Elections Impose criminal penalties on those who lie in the course of campaigning, 09-0049 Missed deadline
CISS Insurance Discrimination Regulation New rules about what insurance companies can do with their rates, 09-0050 Missed deadline
CICA Definition of Person Abortion "Person" applies to all living human organisms from the beginning of their development Missed deadline
CICA Exercise of Religion (2) Religion Individuals can freely advocate for opinions they draw from their reading of the Bible Missed deadline
CISS Stop Insurance Overcharges Regulation Insurance customers can't be charged more if they pay on an installment basis Missed deadline
CICA Marriage Equality Marriage Repeal of Proposition 8 Missed deadline
CISS Divest from Israel Admin of gov't Public fund investments prohibited in businesses that do business with Israel Withdrawn
CICA No Divorces Amendment Marriage No divorces Aiming for 2012 ballot
CICA Citizen Legislature Legislature State legislature to be part-time rather than full-time Missed deadline
CISS Christmas Songs Sung in Schools Education Public schools can allow students to sing Christmas songs Missed deadline
CISS If Undocumented, No Benefits Immigration Applicants for government aid must be documented residents Withdrawn
CICA Budget Reform Taxes Budget approved by 60% supermajority rather than 2/3rds supermajority Missed deadline
CICA Legislative honor Legislature State legislators required to read laws before voting on them Missed deadline
CISS Drug Testing for Legislators Legislature Drug and alcohol testing for state legislators Missed deadline
CISS Life Insurance Tax Taxes Tax on employer-beneficiary life insurance benefits Missed deadline
CICA End Two-Thirds Requirement Taxes Eliminate requirement that budgets be approved by 2/3rds vote of legislature Withdrawn
CICA Sales Tax Increase Taxes Add 1% to state sales tax, funds go to education Missed deadline
CICA Penalties for No Budget Gov't admin Governor and legislature removed from office if no budget Missed deadline
CICA Repeal of Prop 8 Marriage Several proposals to repeal Proposition 8 Missed deadline


See also: California state legislature's ballot referrals

These ballot measures were proposed in the California State Legislature, which ultimately did not vote any of them onto the November ballot. See Amending the California Constitution for an outline of how the California legislature can begin the process of amending the state's constitution through the legislative referral process.

Type Title Subject Description
LRCA ACA 13 Direct democracy measures Give state legislature right to change initiated constitutional amendments after signatures are collected
LRCA ACA 20 Direct democracy measures California Legislative Analyst's Office would write ballot titles instead of the attorney general
LRCA ACA 21 Direct democracy measures To be approved, a ballot initiative would require a 2/3rds vote rather than the current simple majority
LRCA SCA 16 Direct democracy measures Fewer signatures needed for initiatives if first reviewed by legislature
LRCA SCA 2 State legislature Split legislative sessions with one year for budgeting and one year for new legislation
LRCA Prison, University Funding Spending Guarantee 10% of budget for California universities, scale back prison funding
Budget Best Practices Spending Goals and performance measurements specified for programs in governor's budget proposals
LRCA Expensive Initiatives Spending Ballot initiatives that propose to spend government funds must specify a revenue source
LRCA Revenues for Bond Proposals Spending Initiative bond proposals over $1 billion must specify a revenue source

Cost of ballot titles

The Office of the Attorney General of California estimated that it cost them about $6,800 to prepare a ballot title and summary for each potential ballot proposition submitted to their office, which means that the state incurred costs of over $600,000 preparing titles and summaries for the nearly 100 initiatives whose sponsors filed initiative language with the state.[5]

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