A look at California’s 17 statewide ballot measures
Here’s a look at the 17 statewide measures on the ballot in California:
PROPOSITION 51 — Authorizes $9 billion in general obligation bonds for public school buildings, charter schools, vocational education facilities and community college campuses. The bonds would be paid off over a 35-year period at a total cost of about $17.6 billion.
PROPOSITION 52 — Extends a law that imposes fees on hospitals to fund health care for people with low incomes, primarily the Medi-Cal program that serves a third of Californians. Proposition 52 would indefinitely enshrine the fee in law, making it harder for the Legislature to use the money for other purposes.
PROPOSITION 53 — Requires voter approval before revenue bonds exceeding $2 billion can be issued. Promoted by a wealthy Stockton farmer and businessman, the measure seeks to block Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to build two tunnels to divert water from the Sacramento River delta for use in Southern California.
PROPOSITION 54 — Requires the Legislature to publish bills for at least 72 hours before voting on them and to post videos of legislative proceedings online.
PROPOSITION 55 — Extends a temporary income tax increase on the wealthy for another 12 years, raising an estimated $4 billion to $9 billion per year through 2030 for schools, community colleges, Medi-Cal and budget reserves. Voters first approved the higher tax rates for incomes above $250,000 in 2012.
PROPOSITION 56 — Raises cigarette taxes by $2 to $2.87 per pack and hikes taxes on other tobacco products and nicotine products used with electronic cigarettes. It would raise an estimated $1 billion in the first year, with much of the money earmarked for health care for people with low incomes.
PROPOSITION 57 — Gives corrections officials more say in when criminals are released and strips prosecutors of the power to decide when juveniles should be tried as adults. The measure is promoted by Gov. Jerry Brown.
PROPOSITION 58 — Rolls back California’s voter-approved 1998 ban on teaching English learners in any language other than English, giving school districts the option to bring back bilingual education.
PROPOSITION 59 — A nonbinding measure that asks whether California lawmakers should push for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would overturn the Citizens United Supreme Court case, which threw out restrictions on corporate and union political contributions.
PROPOSITION 60 — Requires that pornography actors wear condoms while filming sexual intercourse and requires porn producers to pay for vaccinations and medical exams for actors who perform in the films.
PROPOSITION 61 — Prohibits the state from paying more than the Veterans Administration for prescription drugs. The measure would apply to health programs for prison inmates, retired government workers and some low-income Californians on Medi-Cal.
PROPOSITION 62 — Repeals the death penalty in California and sets the maximum sentence as life without the possibility of parole. It would apply retroactively to inmates currently on death row.
PROPOSITION 63 — Enacts several gun-control measures, including background checks for ammunition sales and a ban on high-capacity magazines.
PROPOSITION 64 — Legalizes the use and possession of marijuana for adults 21 or older and creates licensing standards. Revenue from sales and cultivation taxes would pay for youth programs, environmental protection and law enforcement.
PROPOSITION 65 — Requires that a $0.10 fee for grocery bags be used for environmental programs, redirecting money that now goes to grocers and other retail stores. The measure is promoted by opponents of Proposition 67, which would enact a statewide ban on single-use plastic grocery bags and require a fee for paper and thicker plastic bags used at checkout.
PROPOSITION 66 — Speeds up the appeals process so death-row inmates are executed more quickly.
PROPOSITION 67 — Enacts a statewide ban on single-use plastic grocery bags and requires large retailers to charge at least a dime for recycled paper bags and reusable bags.
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