Text of Proposition 22, the "Local Taxpayer, Public Safety, and Transportation Protection Act of 2010" (California)

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This page is the complete text of the act that will become law if California Proposition 22 (2010) is approved.

Ballotpedia Note: Proposition 22, if approved, will alter parts of the California Constitution. In the text displayed below, parts of the California Constitution that Proposition 22 proposes to delete are printed in strikeout type. New provisions that Proposition 22 proposes to add to the California Constitution appear in italic type to indicate that they are new.

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This initiative measure is submitted to the people of California in accordance with the provisions of Section 8 of Article II of the California Constitution.

This initiative measure amends, amends and renumbers, repeals, and adds sections to the California Constitution; therefore, existing provisions proposed to be deleted are printed in strikeout type and new provisions proposed to be added are printed in italic type to indicate that they are new.

PROPOSED LAW

Section 1. Title.

This act shall be known and may be cited as the “Local Taxpayer, Public Safety, and Transportation Protection Act of 2010.”

Section 2. Findings and Declarations.

The people of the State of California find and declare that:

(a) In order to maintain local control over local taxpayer funds and protect vital services like local fire protection and 9-1-1 emergency response, law enforcement, emergency room care, public transit, and transportation improvements, California voters have repeatedly and overwhelmingly voted to restrict state politicians in Sacramento from taking revenues dedicated to funding local government services and dedicated to funding transportation improvement projects and services.

(b) By taking these actions, voters have acknowledged the critical importance of preventing State raids of revenues dedicated to funding vital local government services and transportation improvement projects and services.

(c) Despite the fact that voters have repeatedly passed measures to prevent the State from taking these revenues dedicated to funding local government services and transportation improvement projects and services, state politicians in Sacramento have seized and borrowed billions of dollars in local government and transportation funds.

(d) In recent years, state politicians in Sacramento have specifically:

(1) Borrowed billions of dollars in local property tax revenues that would otherwise be used to fund local police, fire and paramedic response, and other vital local services;
(2) Sought to take and borrow billions of dollars in gas tax revenues that voters have dedicated to on-going transportation projects and tried to use them for non-transportation purposes;
(3) Taken local community redevelopment funds on numerous occasions and used them for unrelated purposes
(4) Taken billions of dollars from local public transit like bus, shuttle, light‑rail, and regional commuter rail, and used these funds for unrelated state purposes.

(e) The continued raiding and borrowing of revenues dedicated to funding local government services and dedicated to funding transportation improvement projects can cause severe consequences, such as layoffs of police, fire and paramedic first responders, fire station closures, healthcare cutbacks, delays in road safety improvements, public transit fare increases, and cutbacks in public transit services.

(f) State politicians in Sacramento have continued to ignore the will of the voters, and current law provides no penalties when state politicians take or borrow these dedicated funds.

(g) It is hereby resolved, that with approval of this ballot initiative, state politicians in Sacramento shall be prohibited from seizing, diverting, shifting, borrowing, transferring, suspending, or otherwise taking or interfering with tax revenues dedicated to

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