Elections Code section 9034 requires that once proponent(s) of a proposed initiative measure have gathered 25% of the number of signatures required (currently 91,740 for an initiative statute and 146,352 for a constitutional amendment) proponent(s) must immediately certify that they have done so under penalty of perjury to the Secretary of State.
Upon receipt of the certification, the Secretary of State must provide copies of the proposed initiative measure and the circulating title and summary to the Senate and the Assembly. Each house is required to assign the proposed initiative measure to its appropriate committees and hold joint public hearings, at least 131 days before the date of the election at which the measure is to be voted on. However, the Legislature cannot amend the proposed initiative measure or prevent it from appearing on the ballot.
Death Penalty. Initiative Statute.
Summary Date: 11/19/2015 | Eligible as of: 06/17/16 | Signatures Required: 365,880 - (25% of Signatures Reached 02/04/2016)
Mike Farrell (415) 243-0143
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 to 60% the portion of wages earned by persons sentenced to life without the possibility of parole that may be applied to any victim restitution fines or orders against them. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Net reduction in state and local government costs of potentially around $150 million annually within a few years due to the elimination of the death penalty. (15-0066.) (Full Text)
Marijuana Legalization. Initiative Statute.
Summary Date: 01/06/2016 | Circulation Deadline: 07/05/16 | Signatures Required: 365,880 - (25% of Signatures Reached 02/04/2016)
Donald Lyman and Michael Sutton, c/o Lance H. Olson (916) 442-2952
Legalizes marijuana and hemp under state law. Designates state agencies to license and regulate marijuana industry. Imposes state excise tax on retail sales of marijuana equal to 15% of sales price, 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. Allows local regulation and taxation of marijuana. Prohibits marketing and advertising marijuana to minors. Authorizes resentencing and destruction of records for prior marijuana convictions. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Net reduced costs ranging from tens of millions of dollars to 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 state and local tax revenues potentially ranging from the high hundreds of millions of dollars to over $1 billion annually related to the production and sale of marijuana. Most of these funds would be required to be spent for specific purposes such as substance use disorder education, prevention, and treatment. (15-0103.) (Full Text)
Campaign Finance. Donor Disclosure. Initiative Constitutional Amendment and Statute.
Summary Date: 11/20/2015 | Failed: 06/01/16 | Signatures Required: 585,407 - (25% of Signatures Reached 02/09/2016)
Jim Heerwagen c/o Gary Winuk (916) 446-2300
Creates a constitutional right to public disclosure of money used to finance campaign activity and influence government actions. Requires corporations and nonprofit organizations that spend $50,000 or more on political activities in California to disclose their $10,000 donors, including where donations passed through other entities. Requires that a political campaign’s advertisements disclose its top three donors contributing $50,000 or more. Expands Secretary of State’s online campaign finance database. Extends bar against former legislators lobbying Legislature or state agencies to 24 months. Requires disclosure of lobbying for government contracts. Increases penalties for Political Reform Act violations. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Increased costs to state and local governments to administer state campaign finance and disclosure laws. These costs include (1) one-time costs—possibly tens of millions of dollars—to state and local governments to develop new information technology systems and (2) ongoing costs to state and local governments of possibly millions of dollars each year. These costs would be offset to some extent by higher fines. (15-0068.) (Full Text)
Firearms. Ammunition Sales. Initiative Statute.
Summary Date: 12/31/2015 | Circulation Deadline: 06/28/16 | Signatures Required: 365,880 - (25% of Signatures Reached 02/11/2016)
Gavin Newsom c/o Thomas A. Willis and Margaret R. Prinzing (510) 346-6200
Prohibits possession of large-capacity ammunition magazines, and requires their disposal by sale to dealer, destruction, or removal from state. Requires most individuals to pass background check and obtain Department of Justice authorization to purchase ammunition. 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 by felons and violent criminals. Requires Department of Justice to provide information about prohibited persons to federal National Instant Criminal Background Check System. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Increased state costs in the tens of millions of dollars annually related to regulating ammunition sales, likely offset by various regulatory fees authorized by the measure. Increase in court and law enforcement costs, not likely to exceed the tens of millions of dollars annually, related to removing firearms from prohibited persons as part of court sentencing proceedings. These costs could be offset to some extent by fees authorized by the measure. Potential increase in state and local correctional costs, not likely to exceed the low millions of dollars annually, related to new and increased penalties. (15-0098.) (Full Text)
Carry-Out Bags. Charges. Initiative Statute.
Summary Date: 12/08/2015 | Circulation Deadline: 06/06/16 | Signatures Required: 365,880 - (25% of Signatures Reached 02/12/2016)
Doyle L. Johnson c/o Kurt Oneto (916) 446-6752
Redirects money collected by grocery and certain other retail stores through sale of carry-out bags, whenever any state law bans free distribution of a particular kind of carry-out bag and mandates the sale of any other kind of carry-out 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. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: If voters uphold the state’s current carryout bag law, redirected revenues from retailers to the state, potentially in the several tens of millions of dollars annually. Revenues would be used for grants for certain environmental and natural resources purposes. If voters reject the state’s current carryout bag law, likely minor fiscal effects. (15-0074.) (Full Text)
Cigarette Tax to Fund Healthcare, Tobacco Use Prevention, Research, and Law Enforcement. Initiative Constitutional Amendment and Statute.
Summary Date: 12/15/2015 | Circulation Deadline: 06/13/16 | Signatures Required: 585,407 - (25% of Signatures Reached 02/12/2016)
Dustin Corcoran, Laphonza Butler, Olivia M. Diaz-Lapham, and Tom Steyer c/o Lance H. Olson (916) 442-2952
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. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Net increase in excise tax revenues in the range of $1.1 billion to $1.6 billion annually by 2017-18, with revenues decreasing slightly in subsequent years. The majority of funds would be used for payments to health care providers. The remaining funds would be used for a variety of specified purposes, including tobacco-related prevention and cessation programs, law enforcement programs, medical research on tobacco-related diseases, and early childhood development programs. (15-0081.)(Full Text)
Minimum Wage. Increases and Future Adjustments. Paid Sick Leave. Initiative Statute.
Summary Date: 01/07/16 | Circulation Deadline: 07/05/16 | Signatures Required: 365,880 - (25% of Signatures Reached 02/12/2016)
Bruce Michael Boyer and Shonda Roberts c/o Jon Youngdahl (213) 368-7400
Annually increases minimum wage paid by employers with 26 or more employees until it reaches $15.00 per hour on July 1, 2020. For employers with 25 or fewer employees, annually increases minimum wage until it reaches $15.00 per hour on July 1, 2021. Thereafter, adjusts minimum wage annually based on prior year’s rate of inflation, using California Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers. Increases minimum amount of annual paid sick leave employees can earn and may use from three to six days. Effective January 1, 2018, applies minimum sick leave provisions to in-home supportive services providers. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Change in annual state and local tax revenues potentially ranging from a loss of hundreds of millions of dollars to a gain of over $1 billion. Changes in state revenues would affect required state budget reserves, debt payments, and funding for schools and community colleges. Net increase in state and local government spending totaling billions of dollars per year. Cost increases, primarily for government employees and home care providers, would be offset in part by savings from lower enrollment in health and social services programs. (15-0105.) (Full Text)
Death Penalty. Procedures. Initiative Statute.
Summary Date: 12/24/2015 | Circulation Deadline: 06/21/16 | Signatures Required: 365,880 - (25% of Signatures Reached 02/12/2016)
Kermit Alexander (916) 442-7757
Changes procedures governing state court appeals and 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 must work and pay victim restitution. States other voter approved measures related to death penalty are null and void if this measure receives more affirmative votes. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Increased state costs that could be 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 longer run. Potential state correctional savings that could be in the tens of millions of dollars annually. (15-0096.) (Full Text)
Tax Extension to Fund Education and Healthcare. Initiative Constitutional Amendment.
Summary Date: 02/04/16 | Circulation Deadline: 08/02/16 | Signatures Required: 585,407 - (25% of Signatures Reached 03/07/2016)
Lance H. Olson, Thomas A. Willis, Dario J. Frommer, c/o Karen Getman, (510) 346-6200
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 governing boards discretion to decide, in open meetings and subject to annual audit, how revenues are to be spent. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Increased state revenues annually from 2019 through 2030—likely in the $5 billion to $11 billion range initially—with amounts varying based on stock market and economic trends. Increased revenues would be allocated under constitutional formulas to schools and community colleges, budget reserves and debt payments, and health programs, with remaining funds available for these or other state purposes. (15-0115.) (Full Text)
Hospitals. Executive Compensation. Initiative Statute.
Summary Date: 01/25/16 | Circulation Deadline: 07/25/16 | Signatures Required: 365,880 - (25% of Signatures Reached 03/15/2016)
Benjamen L. Tracey and Nathan Jon Selzer c/o George M. Yin (213) 452-6565
Prohibits hospitals, hospital groups, hospital-affiliated medical foundations and physicians groups, and health care districts 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 all executives receiving compensation or severance packages above this amount. 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 of nonprofit corporations. 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 specified hospitals. (15-0111.)(Full Text)
Campaign Finance. Donor Disclosure. Initiative Statute.
Summary Date: 12/31/2015 | Circulation Deadline: 06/28/16 | Signatures Required: 365,880 - (25% of Signatures Reached 03/17/2016)
John Cox (847) 274-8814
Requires committees controlled by a candidate for the Legislature or other elected state office to disclose their top 10 donors in all committee advertisements supporting the candidate or opposing the candidate’s opponents. Requires legislators and other elected state officers, when providing testimony or participating in any vote on state legislation, to display on their persons the identity of the top 10 donors to their controlled committees. Imposes criminal and civil sanctions for violations. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Minor effects on state finances. (15-0097.) (Full Text)
Water Bond. Reallocation of Bond Authority to Water Storage Projects. Initiative Constitutional Amendment and Statute.
Summary Date: 01/25/16 | Circulation Deadline: 07/25/16 | Signatures Required: 585,407 - (25% of Signatures Reached 03/18/2016)
Robert Huff and George Runner c/o Charles H. Bell (916) 442-7757
Prioritizes water uses in California, with domestic uses first and irrigation uses second, over environmental, recreational, and other beneficial uses. Reallocates up to $10.7 billion in unused bond authority from existing high-speed rail ($8.0 billion) and water storage ($2.7 billion) purposes, to fund water storage projects for domestic and irrigation uses. Removes requirement that water storage projects funded by the $2.7 billion amount also benefit the environment. Creates new State Water and Groundwater Storage Facilities Authority to choose the projects to be funded by reallocated bond amounts. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: No significant increase or decrease in the state’s anticipated debt payments from the redirection of up to $10.7 billion in bonds from previously approved measures, assuming these bonds would have been sold in the future absent this measure. Unknown net fiscal effects on state and local governments due to measure’s changes to how water is prioritized in the State Constitution, as well as potential changes to funding levels available for capital projects. (15-0107.) (Full Text)
Criminal Sentences. Juvenile Criminal Proceedings and Sentencing. Initiative Constitutional Amendment and Statute.
Summary Date: 02/26/16 | Circulation Deadline: 08/24/16 | Signatures Required: 585,407 - (25% of Signatures Reached 03/21/2016)
Margaret R. Prinzing and Harry A. Berezin c/o James C. Harrison (510) 346-6200
Allows parole consideration for persons convicted of nonviolent felonies upon completion of full prison term for 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. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Net state savings that could range from the tens of millions of dollars to the low hundreds of millions of dollars annually primarily due to a reduction in the prison population from additional paroles granted and credits earned. Net county costs that could range from the millions to tens of millions of dollars annually, declining to a few million dollars after initial implementation of the measure. (15-0121.) (Full Text)