Initiatives and Referenda Failed to Qualify

Initiatives that have not gathered the required number of signatures during the 150-day circulating period fail to qualify for the ballot. This page contains a list of initiatives that have failed to qualify for the ballot during the last 60 days.


1643. (13-0055)

Death Penalty. Procedures. Initiative Statutory and Constitutional Amendment.

Summary Date: 02/10/14 | Failed: 07/24/2014

Kermit Alexander c/o Charles H. Bell, Jr. (916) 442-7757

Gives state appellate courts jurisdiction over death penalty appeals, before consideration by California Supreme Court. Changes procedures governing state court petitions challenging death penalty convictions and sentences. Designates superior court for initial petitions and limits successive petitions. Imposes time limits on 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 state prisons. States death row inmates are required to work and pay victim restitution. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Increased state costs potentially in the tens of millions of dollars annually for several years related to direct appeals and habeas corpus proceedings, with the fiscal impact on such costs being unknown in the long run. Potential state correctional savings in the tens of millions of dollars annually. (13-0055.) (Full Text)

1642. (13-0054)

Campaign Finance. Political Communications. Donor Disclosure. Initiative Statute.

Summary Date: 02/10/14 | Failed: 07/24/2014

Lance Olson (916) 442-2952

Requires a nonprofit organization to disclose its $1,000 donors if it spends over $50,000 in donor funds, for year, on political activities in California. Requires certain nonprofit organizations to disclose their $10,000 donors if the nonprofit spends $400,000 per legislative session or $75,000 per calendar quarter on lobbying, or on communications that identify but do not advocate for or against a candidate. Requires communications that are distributed urging recipients to contact government officials, for purpose of influencing governmental action, to identify the two largest donors of $50,000 or more funding the distribution. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: No significant fiscal effect on state or local governments. (13-0054.) (Full Text)

1641. (13-0057)

Charter Schools. Public Records. Open Meetings. Conflicts of Interest. Initiative Statute.

Summary Date: 02/07/14 | Failed: 07/18/2014

Thomas A. Willis c/o Karen Getman (510) 346-6200

Requires charter schools and related entities to comply with state laws providing for public records upon request, providing for public access to meetings, and governing financial conflicts of interest. Requires public disclosures before charter school approval of certain contracts over $10,000. Prohibits for-profit operation of charter schools. Restricts charter school investment of public funds to government bonds and federally insured accounts. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Costs to charter schools, of at least several million dollars annually statewide, to undertake additional legal, financial, and disclosure-related work. Minor annual costs to school districts, county offices of education, and two state agencies to provide additional oversight and assistance to charter schools. (13-0057.) (Full Text)

1640. (13-0056)

Charter Schools. Public Records. Open Meetings. Conflicts of Interest. Initiative Statute.

Summary Date: 02/07/14 | Failed: 07/18/2014

Thomas A. Willis c/o Karen Getman (510) 346-6200

Requires charter schools and related entities to comply with state laws providing for public records upon request, providing for public access to meetings, and governing financial conflicts of interest. Requires public disclosures before charter school approval of certain contracts over $10,000. Prohibits for-profit operation of charter schools. Restricts charter school investment of public funds to government bonds and federally insured accounts. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Costs to charter schools, of at least several million dollars annually statewide, to undertake additional legal, financial, and disclosure-related work. Minor annual costs to school districts, county offices of education, and two state agencies to provide additional oversight and assistance to charter schools. (13-0056.) (Full Text)

1639. (13-0061)

Marijuana Legalization. Initiative Statute.

Summary Date: 02/06/14 | Failed: 07/18/2014

Sara Behmerwohld c/o Jesse Mainardi (415) 732-7700

Legalizes limited amounts of marijuana, including concentrated cannabis, under state law for personal use, cultivation, possession, transportation, purchase, donation, or consumption by persons 21 years and over. Requires Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to regulate and license commercial marijuana cultivation, transportation, sales, and testing. Imposes 25% tax on nonmedical marijuana retail sales. Allocates revenues to repayment of general fund start-up loan to Department, research, afterschool programs, drug treatment and prevention, local law enforcement/fire, and environmental cleanup. Exempts medical marijuana collectives from licensing and regulatory requirements. Allows local governments to ban/limit number of marijuana businesses. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Reduced costs potentially exceeding $100 million annually to state and local governments related to enforcing certain marijuana-related offenses, handling the related criminal cases in the court system, and incarcerating and supervising certain marijuana offenders. Net additional tax revenues potentially exceeding several hundred million dollars annually related to the production and sale of marijuana, a portion of which is required to be spent on after-school programs, public safety, substance abuse treatment, environmental restoration, and the regulation of commercial marijuana activities. (13-0061.) (Full Text)

1638. (13-0051)

Marijuana Legalization. Initiative Statute.

Summary Date: 01/31/14 | Failed: 07/14/2014

Sara Behmerwohld c/o Jesse Mainardi (415) 732-7700

Legalizes limited amounts of marijuana, including concentrated cannabis, under state law for personal use, cultivation, possession, transportation, purchase, donation, or consumption by persons 21 years and over. Requires Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to regulate and license commercial marijuana cultivation, transportation, sales, and testing. Imposes 25% tax on nonmedical marijuana retail sales. Allocates revenues to repayment of general fund start-up loan to Department, research, afterschool programs, drug treatment and prevention, local law enforcement/fire, and environmental cleanup. Exempts medical marijuana collectives from licensing and regulatory requirements. Allows local governments to ban/limit number of marijuana businesses. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Reduced costs potentially exceeding $100 million annually to state and local governments related to enforcing certain marijuana-related offenses, handling the related criminal cases in the court system, and incarcerating and supervising certain marijuana offenders. Net additional tax revenues potentially exceeding several hundred million dollars annually related to the production and sale of marijuana, a portion of which is required to be spent on after-school programs, public safety, substance abuse treatment, environmental restoration, and the regulation of commercial marijuana activities. (13-0051.) (Full Text)

1636. (13-0053, Amdt. #1NS)

Marijuana Legalization. Initiative Statute.

Summary Date: 01/31/14 | Failed: 07/14/2014

John W. Lee, Bob Bowerman, Dege Coutee, and Dave Hodges john@afpr.us

Legalizes under state law marijuana use, growth, cultivation, possession, transportation, storage, or sale. Creates commission to regulate, and provide business licenses for, marijuana cultivation, sales, processing, transportation, and distribution. Applies general retail sales taxes to marijuana, unless exemptions for medical or dietary uses apply. Permits excise tax on marijuana sales, up to 10% of retail price. Prohibits discrimination against marijuana users or businesses. Requires voter approval to zone beyond set limits. Nullifies other local regulations. Prohibits Legislature from enacting marijuana laws. Exempts medical marijuana collectives from licensing, regulatory, and local zoning requirements. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Reduced costs potentially exceeding $100 million annually to state and local governments related to enforcing certain marijuana-related offenses, handling the related criminal cases in the court system, and incarcerating and supervising certain marijuana offenders. Potential net additional tax revenues of a few hundred million dollars annually related to the production and sale of marijuana, a portion of which is required to be spent on education, health care, public safety, drug abuse education and treatment, and the regulation of commercial marijuana activities. (13-0053.) (Full Text)

1634. (13-0050)

Minimum Wage. Increase. Initiative Statute.

Summary Date: 01/27/14 | Failed: 07/14/2014

Ron Unz info@ronunz.org

Under existing law, California's minimum wage will increase from $8.00 per hour to $9.00 per hour, effective July 1, 2014. This measure would increase California's minimum wage to $10.00 per hour, effective March 1, 2015, and then to $12.00 per hour, effective March 1, 2016. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Increase or decrease in state and local tax revenues of uncertain magnitude, potentially totaling hundreds of millions of dollars per year. Changes in state revenues would affect the amount of required state funding for schools and community colleges. Increase in state and local government costs for service providers and government employees potentially totaling in the high hundreds of millions of dollars per year. Potential increase or decrease of hundreds of millions of dollars in other annual state and county expenditures on health and social services programs, with net savings more likely than net cost increases. (13-0050.) (Full Text)

1637. (13-0052) - Final Random Sample

In-Home Supportive Services. Wages and Mandatory Training. Initiative Statute.

Summary Date: 01/31/14 | Failed: 07/11/2014

Chris Salm and Malik Bennett c/o Lance Olson (916) 442-2952

For workers providing home care services to the elderly, blind, and disabled pursuant to the state In-Home Supportive Services program, adds an amount to their hourly wage equal to any increase in the state minimum wage. Requires these workers to receive 75 hours of training in subjects such as personal care, disease management, diet, nutrition, physical activities, workplace safety, and consumer and provider roles and rights. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: State costs upwards of $600 million annually associated with the measure's requirements to pay a wage supplement and provide paid training to In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) providers, with costs growing with any future increases in the state-mandated hourly minimum wage. Potential state savings - not likely to exceed the low tens of millions of dollars annually - from reduced public assistance utilization by IHSS providers and a potential reduction in higher-cost publicly funded health care. (13-0052.) (Full Text)

1633. (13-0049)

Electoral Votes. Presidential and Vice-Presidential Candidates. Initiative Statute.

Summary Date: 01/21/14 | Failed: 07/03/2014

Hal Nickle makeourvotecount@gmail.com

Changes existing law which awards all of the State's electoral votes to the presidential and vice-presidential winners of the popular vote within California, and instead divides and assigns electoral votes to the candidates according to their share of the popular vote. Requires each presidential elector to live in California. Requires Secretary of State to determine the percentage of the popular vote received by each candidate and certify to each candidate and political party the number of electoral votes won by each candidate. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: No direct fiscal effect on state or local governments. (13-0049.) (Full Text)

1635. (13-0047, Amdt. #2S)

School Funding. Property Tax Revenues. Initiative Constitutional and Statutory Amendment.

Summary Date: 01/31/14 | Withdrawn: 06/25/2014

Katherine G. Welch and Jennifer L. Bestor (510) 500-5147

Prohibits state from redirecting or reducing the allocation of local property tax revenues designated for K-12 public schools and community college districts. Requires state to use its general fund instead of these local property tax revenues to compensate cities and counties for their reduced vehicle license fee revenue when the fee is set below 2 percent of vehicle market value. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Net decrease in city and county revenue of about $2.5 billion per year, beginning in 2015-16. Uncertain impact on annual state costs ranging from savings of a few billion dollars to costs of a few billion dollars, beginning in 2015-16. Possible increase in school and community college funding. (13-0047.) (Full Text)

1632. (13-0046)

Transportation Projects. Vehicle License Fee. Initiative Constitutional Amendment.

Summary Date: 01/13/14 | Failed: 06/25/2014

Will Kempton and James Earp c/o Kurt Oneto (916) 446-6752

Increases vehicle license fee by 1% of a vehicle's value, phased in over four years. Exempts commercial vehicles from 1% increase if diesel fuel taxes are raised by three cents per gallon. Requires new fees to be deposited in a special fund. Also redirects certain sources of current state revenue to this special fund. Disburses revenue from the special fund to pay-as-you-go transportation projects, including local streets and roads, state highways, and public transportation. Prohibits use of fund for other purposes. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Increased state revenues from a new tax on vehicles of $3 billion to $4 billion annually for state and local transportation programs. (13-0046.) (Full Text)

1631. (13-0045)

Transportation Projects. Vehicle License Fee. Initiative Constitutional Amendment.

Summary Date: 01/13/14 | Failed: 06/25/2014

Will Kempton and James Earp c/o Kurt Oneto (916) 446-6752

Increases vehicle license fee by 1% of a vehicle's value, phased in over four years. Exempts commercial vehicles from 1% increase if diesel fuel taxes are raised by three cents per gallon. Requires new fees to be deposited in a special fund. Also redirects certain sources of current state revenue to this special fund. Disburses revenue from the special fund to pay-as-you-go transportation projects, including local streets and roads, state highways, and public transportation. Prohibits use of fund for other purposes. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Increased state revenues from a new tax on vehicles of $3 billion to $4 billion annually for state and local transportation programs. Reduced state General Fund resources of about $200 million annually for non-transportation programs, with a corresponding increase in funding available for transportation programs. (13-0045.) (Full Text)

1630. (13-0043)

Public Employees. Pension and Retiree Healthcare Benefits. Initiative Constitutional Amendment.

Summary Date: 01/06/14 | Failed: 06/18/2014

Chuck Reed, William R. Kampe, Tom Tait, Patrick J. Morris, and Stephanie Gomes c/o James R. Sutton (415) 732-7700

Eliminates constitutional protections for vested pension and retiree healthcare benefits for current public employees, including teachers, nurses, and peace officers, for future work performed. Permits government employers to reduce employee benefits and increase employee contributions for future work if retirement plans are substantially underfunded or government employer declares fiscal emergency. Requires government employers whose pension or retiree healthcare plans are less than 80 percent funded to prepare a stabilization report specifying non-binding actions designed to achieve 100 percent funding within 15 years. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Potential net reduction of hundreds of millions to billions of dollars per year in state and local government costs. Net savings-emerging over time-would depend on how much governments reduce retirement benefits and increase salary and other benefits. Increased annual costs-potentially in the hundreds of millions to billions of dollars-over the next two decades for those state and local governments choosing to increase contributions for unfunded liabilities, more than offset by retirement cost savings in future decades. Increased annual costs to state and local governments to develop retirement system funding reports and to modify procedures and information technology. Costs could exceed tens of millions of dollars initially, but would decline in future years. (13-0043.) (Full Text)

1629. (13-0044)

Term Limits for County Assessors, District Attorneys, and Sheriffs. Initiative Constitutional Amendment.

Summary Date: 01/06/14 | Failed: 06/18/2014

Brilliant Manyere (310) 764-5156

Establishes four-year terms of office for county assessors, district attorneys, and sheriffs. For charter counties, bars these officers from serving more than three consecutive terms. For general law counties, limits these officers to three terms total. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: No direct fiscal effect on state or local governments. (13-0044.) (Full Text)

1628. (13-0041)

Hospitals. Healthcare Service Charges. Initiative Statute.

Summary Date: 01/06/14 | Failed: 06/18/2014

Rebecca Eve Malberg and Stanley Alan Lyles c/o Lance Olson (916) 442-2952

Prohibits hospitals from charging more than 25 percent above the estimated cost of goods and services provided to patients. Requires hospitals to refund excess charges each year, adjusted to account for unreimbursed losses from treating uninsured and low-income patients. Requires hospitals to provide annual patient care expense and revenue reports. Exempts children's hospitals, public hospitals, and veterans' hospitals. Authorizes regulations and fees assessed on hospitals to implement measure, and penalties for non-compliance. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: State and local government savings associated with reduced government employer-sponsored health insurance spending on hospital services, potentially ranging from the mid- to high-hundreds of millions of dollars annually, offset to an unknown degree by (1) various responses by insurers and hospitals and (2) possible pressures to increase General Fund spending on Medi-Cal hospital services. Uncertain but potentially significant state and local government costs over the next few years, due to likely decreased revenues from existing limited-term fees on certain private hospitals to (1) offset state costs for children's health coverage and (2) support state and local public hospitals. (13-0041.) (Full Text)

1627. (13-0042)

Nonprofit Hospitals. Executive Compensation. Initiative Statute.

Summary Date: 1/03/14 | Failed: 06/16/2014

Rebecca Eve Malberg and Stanley Alan Lyles c/o Lance Olson (916) 442-2952

Prohibits nonprofit hospitals, hospital groups, and hospital-affiliated medical foundations and physicians groups from paying annual compensation (salary, perks, paid time off, bonuses, stock options, etc.) or providing severance packages to executives, managers, and administrators in an amount exceeding the salary and expense allowance of the President of the United States(currently $450,000). Requires annual public disclosure of ten highest-paid executives and five largest severance packages. Authorizes Attorney General monitoring and enforcement or taxpayer litigation. Penalties for violation include fines, revocation of tax-exempt status, and appointment of Attorney General representative to board of directors. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: State administrative costs in the low millions of dollars annually to enforce the measure, with authority to recover costs through fees assessed on nonprofit hospitals. (13-0042.) (Full Text)

1626. (13-0039)

Elections. Voter Identification Requirements. Initiative Statute.

Summary Date: 12/31/13 | Failed: 06/16/2014

Elise Richmond gmv@guardmyvote.org

Prohibits citizen's vote at the polls from being counted unless he or she presents government-issued photo-identification. Establishes provisional voting for citizens at the polls who fail to present government-issued photo-identification. Requires that provisional ballots and mail-in ballots be deemed invalid unless the accompanying envelope contains the citizen's birthdate, and citizen's identification number or last four digits of driver's license, state identification card, or social security number. Requires that election officials verify this information prior to opening or counting ballot. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Increased local government elections costs and decreased state fee revenues, potentially in the range of tens of millions of dollars per year. Potentially increased state funding (about $100 million) to local governments, offset by an equal amount of decreased state funding to local governments in future years. (13-0039.) (Full Text)

1625. (13-0038)

Abortion Restriction. Parental Notification and Waiting Period for Females Under 18. Initiative Constitutional Amendment.

Summary Date: 12/26/13 | Failed: 06/09/2014

John Smith john.smithjsjs@gmail.com

Changes California Constitution to prohibit abortion for unemancipated minor until 48 hours after physician or other authorized medical professional notifies her parent/legal guardian in writing. Provides exceptions for medical emergency, parental waiver, or parental abuse documented by notarized statement from law enforcement, protective services, or certain relatives. Permits judge to waive notice if minor appears personally in court and proves maturity or waiver is in her best interest. Requires reporting of specific abortion information to State. Violating medical professionals subject to suit for 12 years. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: State administrative costs of at least $1 million, and potentially several million dollars, annually. Uncertain net fiscal impact on state health and social services programs, potentially in the millions of dollars annually, to the extent the measure results in changes to the abortion and/or birth rates in the state. (13-0038.) (Full Text)

1624. (13-0037)

Used Vehicles. Buyer Protection. Initiative Statute.

Summary Date: 12/26/13 | Failed: 06/09/2014

Rosemary Shahan c/o James C. Harrison and Margaret R. Prinzing (510) 346-6200

Requires auto dealers to repair manufacturer-recalled safety defects on used vehicles before sale or lease to consumer. Prohibits dealers from using certain high-pressure tactics, or cancelling or changing vehicle sale or lease contracts at additional buyer expense, after delivery of vehicle. Requires minimum 30-day, 1,000 mile warranty on used vehicles. Limits financial incentives to dealers for arranging vehicle financing. Requires criminal background checks on dealer employees with access to customers' personal information. Imposes liability on dealers for identity theft at dealership. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Unknown but potentially significant net effect on state and local government revenues resulting from changes affecting the sale and financing of vehicles. (13-0037.) (Full Text)

1623. (13-0036)

Used Vehicles. Buyer Protection. Initiative Statute.

Summary Date: 12/26/13 | Failed: 06/09/2014

Rosemary Shahan c/o James C. Harrison and Margaret R. Prinzing (510) 346-6200

Requires auto dealers to repair manufacturer-recalled safety defects on used vehicles before sale or lease to consumer. Requires criminal background checks on dealer employees with access to customers' personal information. Imposes liability on dealers for identity theft at dealership. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Unknown but probably not significant net effect on overall state and local government revenues resulting from changes affecting the sale of vehicles. (13-0036.) (Full Text)

1622. (13-0035)

Used Vehicles. Buyer Protection. Initiative Statute.

Summary Date: 12/26/13 | Failed: 06/09/2014

Rosemary Shahan c/o James C. Harrison and Margaret R. Prinzing (510) 346-6200

Requires auto dealers to repair manufacturer-recalled safety defects on used vehicles before sale or lease to consumer. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Unknown but probably not significant net effect on overall state and local government revenues resulting from changes affecting the sale of vehicles. (13-0035.) (Full Text)

1621. (13-0034)

State School Funding. Timing of Distributions to Schools. Initiative Statute.

Summary Date: 12/26/13 | Failed: 06/09/2014

Suzanne Cordingley info@fundcalschools.org

Amends the statutory scheme authorizing distribution and governing timing of payments from the State School Fund, the primary source of annual state funding for schools. Beginning July 1, 2015, requires a three-fourths majority vote of the Legislature to defer payments to schools for more than 30 days, or to amend the statutory scheme in any other way aside from moving up the timing of distributions. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: One-time state costs in 2015-16 of up to $5.6 billion to eliminate all existing school payment deferrals. Beginning in 2015-16, more predictable cash flow for schools and lower school borrowing costs. In future years, reduced state flexibility to respond to cash or budgetary problems. (13-0034.) (Full Text)

1620. (13-0033)

Used Vehicles. Buyer Protection. Initiative Statute.

Summary Date: 12/26/13 | Failed: 06/09/2014

Rosemary Shahan c/o James C. Harrison and Margaret R. Prinzing (510) 346-6200

Requires auto dealers to repair manufacturer-recalled safety defects on used vehicles before sale or lease to consumer. Prohibits dealers from using certain high-pressure tactics, or cancelling or changing vehicle sale or lease contracts at additional buyer expense, after delivery of vehicle. Requires minimum 30-day, 1,000 mile warranty on used vehicles. Limits financial incentives to dealers for arranging vehicle financing. Requires criminal background checks on dealer employees with access to customers' personal information. Imposes liability on dealers for identity theft at dealership. Eliminates New Motor Vehicle Board administrative review of consumer protection violations. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Unknown but potentially significant net effect on state and local government revenues resulting from changes affecting the sale and financing of vehicles. (13-0033.) (Full Text)

1619. (13-0031)

Firearms Regulation. Initiative Constitutional Amendment.

Summary Date: 12/26/13 | Failed: 06/09/2014

Robert Carrell (916) 230-2123

Amends California Constitution to establish a right to acquire, possess, transport, transfer, and use firearms for lawful purposes, including for defense of self, family, home, and property. Eliminates state firearms owner registration, regulation of ammunition, and assault weapons restrictions. Permits limited state regulation in areas of: possession of firearms and ammunition by, and sale to, the dangerous mentally ill and felons; handguns for those under 21; tefloncoated, armor-piercing, or explosive ammunition; concealed weapons; fully automatic weapons; and background checks. Limits seizure of firearms. Prohibits special taxes or fees on firearm sales, except sales taxes. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Unknown increase in state sales tax revenue due to increased purchases of firearms, ammunition, and accessories. Reduction in local sales tax revenues of several million dollars annually due to the elimination of local sales taxes on firearm-related purchases. Reduction of around $30 million in annual revenue from fees applied to firearm purchases for various firearm regulation and enforcement activities. Costs for some of these activities would still be incurred by state and local governments if the measure was enacted. Reduction in state and local correctional costs that could eventually exceed a couple million dollars annually. (13-0031.) (Full Text)

1618. (13-0027)

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

Summary Date: 12/26/13 | Failed: 06/09/2014

Lance Olson (916) 442-2952

Increases cigarette tax by $2.00 per pack, with an equivalent increase on other tobacco products. Allocates revenues primarily to increase funding for healthcare programs and services; also for tobacco use prevention and control programs, for tobacco-related disease research, for state and local agencies to enhance tobacco law enforcement, for University of California to train more physicians, and for administrative expenses. If new tax causes decreased tobacco consumption, transfers new tax revenues to offset decrease to existing tobacco-funded programs. Requires biennial independent audit and accounting. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Net increase in cigarette excise tax revenues in the range of $800 million to $1.4 billion annually by 2015-16. Revenues would decrease slightly each year thereafter. The funds would be used for health care expenses, tobacco-related prevention and cessation programs, law enforcement programs, and medical research on tobacco-related diseases. Increase in excise tax revenues on other tobacco products under $100 million annually going mainly to existing health programs. Change in state and local sales tax revenues ranging from a $70 million loss to a $70 million gain annually. (13-0027.) (Full Text)

1617. (13-0025, Amdt. #1S)

Marijuana Legalization. Initiative Statute.

Summary Date: 12/24/13 | Failed: 06/06/2014

John W. Lee, Bob Bowerman, Dege Coutee, and Dave Hodges john@afpr.us

Legalizes under state law marijuana use, growth, cultivation, possession, transportation, storage, or sale. Creates commission to regulate, and provide business licenses for, marijuana cultivation, sales, processing, transportation, and distribution. Applies retail sales taxes to marijuana, unless exemptions for medical or dietary uses apply. Allocates revenues equally among education, healthcare, law enforcement/fire, drug abuse education/treatment, commission expenses. Prohibits discrimination against marijuana users or businesses. Requires voter approval to zone beyond set limits. Bars state/local aid to enforce federal or state marijuana laws. Exempts existing medical marijuana collectives from licensing, regulatory, and local zoning requirements. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Reduced costs in the low hundreds of millions of dollars annually to state and local governments related to enforcing certain marijuana-related offenses, handling the related criminal cases in the court system, and incarcerating and supervising certain marijuana offenders. Potential net additional tax revenues in the low hundreds of millions of dollars annually related to the production and sale of marijuana, a portion of which is required to be spent on education, health care, public safety, drug abuse education and treatment, and the regulation of commercial marijuana activities. (13-0025.) (Full Text)

1616. (13-0032)

School Employees. Dismissal or Suspension for Egregious Misconduct. Initiative Statute.

Summary Date: 12/20/13 | Failed: 05/30/2014

Ashlee N. Titus (916) 442-7757

Speeds process and eliminates 4-year statute of limitations to dismiss or suspend school employees accused of egregious misconduct, defined to include child abuse, sexual abuse of minors, sexual assault on minors or adults, and certain drug offenses. Prevents agreements to remove evidence of egregious misconduct from employee's personnel records or not report employee's misconduct to law enforcement or teacher credentialing officials. If employee is dismissed, allows school districts to recover salary paid and disallow retirement service credit earned during proceedings, starting 30 days after written notice of dismissal. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Minor net annual effect on the state, as small additional administrative costs would be offset by small savings related to dismissal hearings and retirement credit. Small annual savings to school districts because of reduced legal expenses, wages, and pension costs. (13-0032.) (Full Text)

1615. (13-0028)

Legislature Expansion. Legislative Process. Initiative Constitutional Amendment.

Summary Date: 12/18/13 | Failed: 05/30/2014

John Cox (847) 274-8814

Increases size of Legislature almost 100-fold by dividing current Assembly and Senate districts into neighborhood districts such that each Assemblymember represents about 5,000 persons and each Senator represents about 10,000 persons. Provides for neighborhood district representatives to elect working committees the size of the current Assembly and Senate, 80 Assemblymembers and 40 Senators. Gives working committees the legislative power generally, and sole power to amend bills, but requires approval by appropriate vote of the full membership in each house for passage of any non-urgency bill. Reduces legislators' pay and expenditures. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Decreased state spending on the Legislature of over $130 million annually. Increased county election costs, potentially in the range of tens of millions of dollars initially and significantly lower amounts annually thereafter. (13-0028.) (Full Text)


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