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Revision as of 07:50, 15 April 2014


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Six statewide ballot propositions have been certified for the 2014 ballot in California: Two on the state's June ballot and four on the state's November ballot.

Several dozen initiatives are in one of the several stages an initiative must go through on its way to the ballot. One veto referendum awaits certification of signatures filed with election officials.

The November 2014 ballot is likely to include a number of hot-button issues, possibly including gun control/gun rights, abortion, nuclear power, marijuana, taxes, pensions, teacher performance, donor disclosure, minimum wage, term limits, voter ID, the death penalty and a variety of healthcare regulations.[1][2][3]

Two of the 2014 certified ballot propositions had previously been approved to appear on ballots in earlier years. The Rainy Day Fund Amendment and the Water Bond Measure had previously been scheduled for the state's 2012 ballot. However, when Gov. Brown signed SB 202 on October 7, 2011, the Rainy Day Fund Amendment was moved to the 2014 ballot.

On the ballot

June 3:

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRSS Proposition 41 Bonds $600 million bond to provide multifamily housing to veterans Approveda
LRCA Proposition 42 Gov't accountability Local agencies must comply with the California Public Records Act Approveda

November 4:

Type Title Subject Description
LBM Proposition 43 Bonds $11.1 billion bond for California's water system
LRCA Proposition 44 State budget Increase amount of potential savings in the state 'rainy day' fund from 5% to 10% of the General Fund
CISS Proposition 45 Insurance Health insurance companies required to justify their rates to the public
CISS Proposition 46 Healthcare Increase the cap on damages that can be assessed in medical negligence lawsuits to over $1 million
CISS Proposition 47 Trials Reduces the penalty for most nonviolent crimes from a felony to a misdemeanor
VR Proposition 48 Gambling Ratification of gaming compacts with the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians and the Wiyot Tribe
AQ Proposition 49 Federal constitutional issues Asks voters whether the US Congress shall propose, and the California Legislature ratify, an amendment to the United States Constitution to overturn Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission

Pending initiatives

Cost of processing

It costs 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.[4]

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."[5]

Submitted to Att'y General

See also: Potential 2014 ballot measures

When an initiative proponent has prepared the text of a ballot initiative they hope to qualify for the ballot, they must submit this text to the "Initiative Coordinator" at the Office of the Attorney General of California with an accompanying letter requesting that the Attorney General's office prepare a ballot title and summary of the proposal.

Once the AG's office has prepared that title and summary, they send a copy of it to the initiative's sponsor and to the California Secretary of State's office. Each initiative is given a "summary date." This date is determined by the Attorney General's office and is the date that they provide the summary to the sponsor. Each initiative then has a circulation deadline that is 150 days after its summary date, while proposed veto referendums have a circulation deadline that is 90 days after the legislation targeted by the referendum was signed by the Governor of California.

Cleared for circulation

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 than have 150 days from the date that the title and summary were prepared to collect and submit to election officials the required signatures. Many times, initiative sponsors submit more than one version of a proposed initiative to the Attorney General's office. When this happens, a circulation deadline for an earlier version may elapse with no signatures having been submitted, but the general idea of that initiative is still in play because its sponsors have instead set their sights on circulating a version that filed later on that has, or will have, a later circulation deadline.

See also: Signature requirements for ballot measures in California

The signature deadlines for the approved-for-circulation initiatives below are based on when the Attorney General of California provided a ballot title and summary for the proposal.

As of June 25, 2014, these measures have been approved for circulation.

Type Title Description Signature deadline
CISS #13-0049 Split Electoral College Vote Distribution June 20, 2014
CISS #13-0056 "Stop Corporate Exploitation of Charter Schools" July 7, 2014
CISS #13-0057 "Stop Corporate Exploitation of Charter Schools" July 7, 2014
CISS #13-0054 Non-Profit Donor Disclosure July 10, 2014
CISS #13-0059 Regulation of Charter Schools July 14, 2014
CISS #13-0064 "Seniors Home Cost Accountability" July 21, 2014
CISS #13-0065 "Jobs and Development" July 21, 2014
CISS #14-0001 "Transportation Innovation" July 24, 2014
CISS #14-0004 “Stop High Speed Rail Investment and Reinvest in Education” July 31, 2014
CICA #14-0003 Tobacco Tax for Brain Research August 4, 2014
CICA #14-0005 Tobacco Tax for Brain Research August 7, 2014
CISS #14-0006 "Online Privacy" August 8, 2014
CISS #14-0007 "Online Privacy" August 8, 2014
CISS #14-0008 Cannabis Hemp August 18, 2014

Signatures submitted

Type Title Subject Description
CISS #13-0016 Healthcare Increase in Cap on Medical Malpractice Lawsuits

Pending referrals

Statewide ballot propositions can earn a spot on the ballot either through the initiative process or because the California State Legislature votes to place a measure on the ballot as a legislative referral. The legislative referral process can be long and winding.

State legislators have proposed several dozen constitutional amendments for the 2014 ballot.[6]


Type Title Subject Description
LRCA Legislative Vacancy Appointments Amendment Legislature Requires the Governor to fill state legislative vacancies by appointing an individual with the same political party preference as the vacating member
LRCA Controller Certification of Budget Amendment Gov't Finance Requires the Controller to certify that a given budget bill meets requirements regarding appropriations from the General Fund before the bill can be signed
LRCA Nonpartisan Secretary of State State Exec Provides that the Office of the Secretary of State is a nonpartisan office
LRCA Suspension of Legislators Legislature Requires a two-thirds majority to suspend a legislator and defines the removal of rights, privileges and powers of a suspended legislator
LBM Public Education Facilities Bond Bonds Authorizes an unspecified amount of bonds to provide aid to school districts, charter schools and public colleges and universities to modernize education facilities

Some legislative referrals that have been proposed:

  • Joan Buchanan, D-Alamo, has introduced a bill to place a measure on the November 4, 2014 ballot to borrow money and use the funds to build and upgrade K-12 public schools.[7]
  • Lois Wolk, D-Davis, has introduced a bill to amend the California Constitution so that it only takes a 55% supermajority vote to pass a local general obligation library bond, rather than the current two-thirds requirement.[7]
  • Curren Price, D-Los Angeles, has introduced a bill to create a California "Office of Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship." This office would "foster the use of bonds to tackle social problems."[7]

Withdrawn/missed deadline

See also: Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot

Initiatives

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
CICA/SS #12-0008 "Government Employee Pension Reform Act"
CISS #12-0010 "Stop the Bullet Train to Nowhere"
CICA #12-0012 Eliminate Religion-Based Property Tax Exemptions
CISS #12-0013 Treatment of Nuclear Waste at the Diablo Canyon and San Onofre Power Plants
CISS #12-0014 Tax on Oil and Natural Gas
CICA/SS #12-0015 "Taxes to Fund California Public Universities and Community Colleges"
CISS #12-0016 Nuclear Waste Act
CISS #12-0017 Statewide Public Electrical Utility District
CISS #12-0018 Tobacco Tax Increase for College Tuition
CISS #13-0001 Regulation of the Timber Industry
CISS #13-0002 Severance Tax on Oil and Gas
CISS #13-0005 Eliminate Tax Benefits in Enterprise Zones
CICA #13-0008 Confidentiality of Personal Identifying Information
CISS #13-0023 Tobacco Tax/Healthcare
CICA #13-0026 Pension Reform Initiative
CISS #13-0040 "Seniors Home Care Cost Accountability"
CICA #13-0006 Open Presidential Primaries
VR #13-0029 Referendum on Which Licensed Medical Professionals May Perform Early Abortions
VR #13-0030 Referendum on Medical Standards Pertaining to Abortion Clinics
CICA #13-0045 Road Repairs
CICA #13-0046 Road Repairs
CISS #13-0051 Control, Regulate and Tax Marijuana
CISS #13-0061 Control, Regulate and Tax Marijuana
VR #13-0015 Ratification of AB 1266, Transgender Student Participation Based on Gender Identity
CISS #13-0009 Regulation of the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant
CISS #13-0010 Creation of a Statewide Electrical Utility District
CISS #13-0011 Increase in Cap on Medical Malpractice Lawsuits
CICA #13-0012 State Fees on Community Hospitals
CISS #13-0013 Legalization of Recreational Marijuana
CISS #14-0002 "Marijuana Policy Reform"
CICA #13-0014 Freedom of Biblically-Based Speech
CICA #13-0043 Pension Reform Initiative
CISS #13-0050 Minimum Wage Increase
CISS #13-0058 Teacher Performance Initiative
CISS #13-0062 Teacher Performance Initiative
CISS #13-0025 "Marijuana Control, Legalization and Revenue"
CISS #13-0018 Regulation of the Timber Industry

Legislative referrals

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Affirmative Action in Education Amendment Affirmative action Deletes provisions in Proposition 209 that prohibit preferential treatment in public education based on race, sex, color, ethnicity or national origin Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot


See also

References