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Below are the ballot measures for California 2016 election along with suggested conservative votes.


Proposition 51

School Bonds. Funding for K-12 School and Community College Facilities. Initiative Statute.

Long Summary:

  • Authorizes $9 billion in general obligation bonds: $3 billion for new construction and $3 billion for modernization of K-12 public school facilities; $1 billion for charter schools and vocational education facilities; and $2 billion for California Community Colleges facilities.
  • Bars amendment to existing authority to levy developer fees to fund school facilities, until new construction bond proceeds are spent or December 31, 2020, whichever is earlier
  • Bars amendment to existing State Allocation Board process for allocating school construction funding, as to these bonds.
  • Appropriates money from the General Fund to pay off bonds
Category:Education
Suggested Vote:No
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Proposition 52

State Fees on Hospitals. Federal Medi-Cal Matching Funds. Initiative Statutory and Constitutional Amendment.

Long Summary:

  • Extends indefinitely an existing statute that imposes fees on hospitals to obtain federal matching funds.
  • Uses fees to fund Medi-Cal health care services, care for uninsured patients, and children’s health coverage.
  • Requires voter approval to change use of fees or funds.
  • Permits other amendments or repeal by Legislature with a two-thirds vote.
  • Declares fee proceeds do not count as revenue toward state spending limit or Proposition 98 funding requirement
Category:Healthcare
Suggested Vote:No
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Proposition 53

Revenue Bonds. Infrastructure Projects. State Legislature and Voter Approval. Initiative Constitutional Amendment.

Long Summary:

  • Requires statewide voter approval before any revenue bonds can be issued or sold by the state for certain projects if the bond amount exceeds $2 billion.
  • Applies to any projects that are financed, owned, operated, or managed by the state, or by a joint agency formed between the state and a federal government agency, another state, and/or a local government.
  • Prohibits dividing projects into multiple separate projects to avoid statewide voter approval requirement.
Category:Elections/Bonds
Suggested Vote:Yes
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Proposition 54

Legislature. Legislation and Proceedings. Initiative Constitutional Amendment and Statute.

Long Summary:

  • Prohibits Legislature from passing any bill unless it has been in print and published on the Internet for at least 72 hours before the vote, except in cases of public emergency.
  • Requires the Legislature to make audiovisual recordings of all its proceedings, except closed session proceedings, and post them on the Internet.
  • Authorizes any person to record legislative proceedings by audio or video means, except closed session proceedings.
  • Allows recordings of legislative proceedings to be used for any legitimate purpose, without payment of any fee to the State
Category:Accountability
Suggested Vote:Yes
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Proposition 55

Tax Extension to Fund Education and Healthcare. Initiative Constitutional Amendment.

Long Summary:

Extends by twelve years the temporary personal income tax increases enacted in 2012 on earnings over $250,000 (for single filers; over $500,000 for joint filers; over $340,000 for heads of household).

  • Allocates these tax revenues 89% to K-12 schools and 11% to California Community Colleges.
  • Allocates up to $2 billion per year in certain years for healthcare programs.
  • Bars use of education revenues for administrative costs, but provides local school boards discretion to decide, in open meetings and subject to annual audit, how revenues are to be spent.
Category:Taxes
Suggested Vote:No
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Proposition 56

Cigarette Tax to Fund Healthcare, Tobacco Use Prevention, Research, and Law Enforcement. Initiative Constitutional Amendment and Statute.

  • Increases cigarette tax by $2.00 per pack, with equivalent increase on other tobacco products and electronic cigarettes containing nicotine.
  • Allocates revenues primarily to increase funding for existing healthcare programs; also for tobacco use prevention/control programs, tobacco-related disease research and law enforcement, University of California physician training, dental disease prevention programs, and administration. Excludes these revenues from Proposition 98 funding requirements.
  • If tax causes decreased tobacco consumption, transfers tax revenues to offset decreases to existing tobacco-funded programs and sales tax revenues.
  • Requires biennial audit.
Category:Tobacco
Suggested Vote:No
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Proposition 57

Criminal Sentences. Juvenile Criminal Proceedings and Sentencing. Initiative Constitutional Amendment and Statute.

Long Summary:

  • Allows parole consideration for persons convicted of nonviolent felonies, upon completion of prison term for their primary offense as defined.
  • Authorizes Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to award sentence credits for rehabilitation, good behavior, or educational achievements.
  • Requires Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to adopt regulations to implement new parole and sentence credit provisions and certify they enhance public safety.
  • Provides juvenile court judges shall make determination, upon prosecutor motion, whether juveniles age 14 and older should be prosecuted and sentenced as adults for specified offenses.
Category:Trials
Suggested Vote:No
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Proposition 58

SB 1174 (Chapter 753, Statutes of 2014), Lara. English language education.

Long Summary:

  • Preserves requirement that public schools ensure students become proficient in English.
  • Requires school districts to solicit parent and community input in developing language acquisition programs to ensure English acquisition as rapidly and effectively as possible.
  • Requires that school districts provide students with limited English proficiency the option to be taught English nearly all in English.
  • Authorizes school districts to establish dual-language immersion programs for both native and non-native English speakers.
  • Allows parents/legal guardians of students to select an available language acquisition program that best suits their child
Category:Education
Suggested Vote:No
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Proposition 59

Shall California’s elected officials use all of their constitutional authority, including, but not limited to, proposing and ratifying one or more amendments to the United States Constitution, to overturn Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission (2010) 558 U.S. 310, and other applicable judicial precedents, to allow the full regulation or limitation of campaign contributions and spending, to ensure that all citizens, regardless of wealth, may express their views to one another, and to make clear that corporations should not have the same constitutional rights as human beings?

Long Summary:

  • Asks whether California’s elected officials should use their authority to propose and ratify an amendment to the federal Constitution overturning the United States Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission.
  • Citizens United ruled that laws placing certain limits on political spending by corporations and unions are unconstitutional.
  • States that the proposed amendment should clarify that corporations should not have the same constitutional rights as human beings.
Category:Campaign finance
Suggested Vote:Yes
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Proposition 60

Adult Films. Condoms. Health Requirements. Initiative Statute.

Long Summary:

  • Requires performers in adult films to use condoms during filming of sexual intercourse.
  • Requires producers of adult films to pay for performer vaccinations, testing, and medical examinations related to sexually transmitted infections.
  • Requires producers of adult films to obtain state health license, and to post condom requirement at film sites.
  • Imposes liability on producers for violations, on certain distributors, on performers if they have a financial interest in the film involved, and on talent agents who knowingly refer performers to noncomplying producers.
  • Permits state, performers, or any state resident to enforce violations.
Category:Movies
Suggested Vote:No
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Proposition 61

State Prescription Drug Purchases. Pricing Standards. Initiative Statute.

Long Summary:

  • Prohibits state agencies from buying any prescription drug from a drug manufacturer at any price over the lowest price paid for the same drug by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, except as may be required by federal law.
  • Applies to any program where the state agency is the ultimate payer for a prescription drug, even if the state agency does not itself buy the drug.
  • Exempts purchases of prescription drugs under managed care programs funded through Medi-Cal.
Category:Healthcare
Suggested Vote:No
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Proposition 62

Death Penalty. Initiative Statute.

Long Summary:

  • Repeals death penalty as maximum punishment for persons found guilty of murder and replaces it with life imprisonment without possibility of parole.
  • Applies retroactively to persons already sentenced to death.
  • States that persons found guilty of murder and sentenced to life without possibility of parole must work while in prison as prescribed by the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
  • Increases portion of life inmates’ wages that may be applied to victim restitution
Category:Death penalty
Suggested Vote:No
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Proposition 63

Firearms. Ammunition Sales. Initiative Statute.

Long Summary:

  • Requires individuals to pass a background check and obtain Department of Justice authorization to purchase ammunition.
  • Prohibits possession of large-capacity ammunition magazines, and requires their disposal, as specified.
  • Requires most ammunition sales be made through licensed ammunition vendors and reported to Department of Justice.
  • Requires lost or stolen firearms and ammunition be reported to law enforcement.
  • Prohibits persons convicted of stealing a firearm from possessing firearms.
  • Establishes new procedures for enforcing laws prohibiting firearm possession.
  • Requires Department of Justice to provide information about prohibited persons to federal National Instant Criminal Background Check System.
Category:Firearms
Suggested Vote:No
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Proposition 64

Marijuana Legalization. Initiative Statute.

Long Summary:

  • Legalizes marijuana under state law, for use by adults 21 or older.
  • Designates state agencies to license and regulate marijuana industry.
  • Imposes state excise tax of 15% on retail sales of marijuana, and state cultivation taxes on marijuana of $9.25 per ounce of flowers and $2.75 per ounce of leaves.
  • Exempts medical marijuana from some taxation.
  • Establishes packaging, labeling, advertising, and marketing standards and restrictions for marijuana products.
  • Prohibits marketing and advertising marijuana directly to minors.
  • Allows local regulation and taxation of marijuana.
  • Authorizes resentencing and destruction of records for prior marijuana convictions
Category:Marijuana
Suggested Vote:No
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Proposition 65

Carry-Out Bags. Charges. Initiative Statute.

Long Summary:

  • Redirects money collected by grocery and certain other retail stores through sale of carryout bags, whenever any state law bans free distribution of a particular kind of carryout bag and mandates the sale of any other kind of carryout bag.
  • Requires stores to deposit bag sale proceeds into a special fund administered by the Wildlife Conservation Board to support specified categories of environmental projects.
  • Provides for Board to develop regulations implementing law
Category:Environment
Suggested Vote:No
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Proposition 66

Death Penalty. Procedures. Initiative Statute.

Long Summary:

  • Changes procedures governing state court appeals and petitions challenging death penalty convictions and sentences.
  • Designates superior court for initial petitions and limits successive petitions.
  • Establishes time frame for state court death penalty review.
  • Requires appointed attorneys who take noncapital appeals to accept death penalty appeals.
  • Exempts prison officials from existing regulation process for developing execution methods.
  • Authorizes death row inmate transfers among California prisons.
  • Increases portion of condemned inmates’ wages that may be applied to victim restitution.
  • States other voter approved measures related to death penalty are void if this measure receives more affirmative votes
Category:Death penalty
Suggested Vote:Yes
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Proposition 67

Prohibition on plastic single-use carryout bags.

Long Summary:

A 'Yes' vote approves, and a 'No' vote rejects, a statute that:

  • Prohibits grocery and certain other retail stores from providing single-use plastic or paper carryout bags to customers at point of sale.
  • Permits sale of recycled paper bags and reusable bags to customers, at a minimum price of 10 cents per bag.
Category:Business reg
Suggested Vote:No
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