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