Statewide Ballot Measures

California Secretary of State Alex Padilla released the following statewide measures that will appear on the November 3 general election ballot.

Proposition 14 (Initiative). Bonds to Continue Funding Stem Cell and Other Medical Research. Authorizes $5.5 billion in state general obligation bonds to fund educational, non-profit, and private entities for: (1) stem cell and other medical research, therapy development, and therapy delivery; (2) medical training; and (3) construction of research facilities.

Proposition 15 (Initiative Constitutional Amendment) Split Roll Property Tax. Requires commercial and industrial real property be taxed based on current market value to fund K-12 public schools, community colleges, and local governments. Exempts residential properties; agricultural properties; and owners of commercial and industrial properties with combined value of $3 million or less. (OPPOSE)

Proposition 16 (Placed on the Ballot by the Legislature through Assembly Constitutional Amendment No.5). Repeals Voter Approved Proposition 209 of 1996. Proposition 209 prohibits the state from discriminating against or granting preferential treatment to any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity or national origin in the operation of public employment, public education or public contracting.

Proposition 17 (Placed on the Ballot by the Legislature through Assembly Constitutional Amendment No. 6). Restores Voting Right for Convicted Felon upon parole.

Proposition 18 (Placed on the Ballot by the Legislature through Assembly Constitutional Amendment No. 4). Allows Some 17-Year-Olds to Vote. The measure will 17-year-olds to register to vote in a primary or special election if they are U.S. citizens, a resident of the state and will be at least 18 years old at the time of the next general election.

Proposition 19 (Placed on the Ballot by the Legislature through Assembly Constitutional Amendment No. 11). Property Tax Protection for Seniors, Severely Disabled, or Victim of Wildfire or Natural Disaster. Allow the transfer of the taxable value of their primary residence to a replacement primary residence with two years of the sales of the original primary residence.

Proposition 20 (Initiative). Restricts Parole for Non-Violent Offenders; Authorizes Felony Sentences for Certain Offenses Treated as Misdemeanors. Expands list of offenses that disqualify an inmate from this parole program. Authorizes felony charges for specified theft crimes currently chargeable only as misdemeanors, including some theft crimes where the value is between $250 and $950. (SUPPORT)

Proposition 21 (Initiative)..Expands Local Government Authority to Enact Rent Control on Residential Property. Allows rent increases on rent-controlled properties of up to 15 percent over three years from previous tenant’s rent above any increase allowed by local ordinance. (OPPOSE)

Proposition 22 (Initiative). Independent Contractors. Establishes different criteria for determining whether app-based transportation (rideshare) and delivery drivers are “employees” or “independent contractors.” Companies with independent-contractor drivers will be required to provide specified benefits, including minimum compensation and healthcare subsidies based on engaged driving time, vehicle insurance, safety training, and sexual harassment policies.

Proposition 23(initiative). Authorizes State Regulation of Kidney Dialysis Clinics.

Requires at least one licensed physician on site during treatment at outpatient kidney dialysis clinics. Authorizes the Department of Public Health to exempt clinics from this requirement if at least one nurse practitioner or physician assistant is on site.

 Proposition 24 (Initiative). Amends Consumer Privacy Act. Permits consumers to: (1) prevent businesses from sharing personal information; (2) correct inaccurate personal information; and (3) limit businesses’ use of “sensitive personal information”—such as precise geolocation; race; ethnicity; religion; genetic data; union membership; private communications; and certain sexual orientation, health, and biometric information.

Proposition 25 (Referendum). Overturns a 2018 Law Regarding Money Bail. Replaces the law that replaced the money bail system with a system for pretrial release from jail based on a determination of public safety or flight risk. Limits pretrial detention for most misdemeanors.


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