Initiatives and Referenda Withdrawn or Failed to Qualify

This page contains a list of proposed initiative and referendum measures that during the last 60 days have been withdrawn by proponents or have failed to gather the required number of signatures during the circulation period. 


1831. (17-0034)
Requires That Proceeds of Bonds or Taxes Approved by the Voters Be Spent on the Specific Projects or Uses Approved by the Voters. Initiative Constitutional Amendment.
Summary Date: 12/04/17
Failed: 08/08/18
Signatures Required: 585,407
Proponents: Michael S. Warda c/o Dave Gilliard or Natalie Blanning (916) 626-6804

Prohibits state and local governments and special districts from spending proceeds of bonds or taxes approved by the voters for any purposes other than those provided in the measure authorizing those bonds or taxes. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Potentially less state and local fiscal flexibility over the use of bond proceeds and tax revenue, depending upon future decisions made by elected officials, the courts, and the voters. (17-0034.)

1835. (17-0038, Amdt.#1)
Increases Student Aid Funding at California Public Colleges and Universities by Enacting a Dedicated Tax on Some Estates. Initiative Constitutional Amendment and Statute.
Summary Date: 12/15/17
Failed: 06/11/18
Signatures Required: 585,407
Proponents: Lolita Roibal and Lavanya Chekuru c/o Danielle Leonard (415) 421-7151

Increases student aid funding for undergraduate students at University of California, California State University, and California Community Colleges, by enacting a dedicated tax (ranging from 12-22%, depending on value) on estate property in California valued at $3.5 million or more and transferred upon death. Exempts revenue from constitutionally required: annual state spending limit, minimum-funding guarantee for schools, and state budget reserve deposits. Requires that revenue would supplement, and not replace, existing financial aid programs for college students. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Increased state revenues of a few billion dollars annually, ramping up over the initial few years—with amounts depending upon economic trends, future legislative actions, and taxpayer decisions. The increased revenues would be dedicated first to subsidizing the costs of higher education for students, with any remaining monies dedicated to public education. (17-0038.)

1836. (17-0039, Amdt.#1)
Establishes New Consumer Privacy Rights; Expands Liability for Consumer Data Breaches. Initiative Statute.
Summary Date: 12/18/17
Withdrawn: 06/28/18
Signatures Required: 365,880

Proponents: Mary Ross and Alastair Mactaggart c/o James C. Harrison (510) 346-6200

Gives consumers right to learn categories of personal information that businesses collect, sell, or disclose about them, and to whom information is sold or disclosed. Gives consumers right to prevent businesses from selling or disclosing their personal information. Prohibits businesses from discriminating against consumers who exercise these rights. Allows consumers to sue businesses for security breaches of consumers’ data, even if consumers cannot prove injury. Allows for enforcement by consumers, whistleblowers, or public agencies. Imposes civil penalties. Applies to online and brick-and-mortar businesses that meet specific criteria. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Increased costs, potentially reaching the low tens of millions of dollars annually, to state and local governments from implementing and enforcing the measure, some or all of which would be offset by increased penalty revenue or settlement proceeds authorized by the measure. Unknown impact on state and local tax revenues due to economic effects resulting from new requirements on businesses to protect consumer information. (17-0039.)

1838. (17-0042, Amdt.#1)
Establishes New Standards for Confinement of Certain Farm Animals; Bans Sale of Certain Non-Complying Products. Initiative Statute.
Summary Date: 12/29/17
Failed: 08/01/18
Signatures Required: 365,880

Proponents: Debra Jane Murdock (916) 441-1064

Establishes new minimum space requirements for confining veal calves, breeding pigs, and egg-laying hens; requires egg-laying hens be raised in cage-free environment after December 31, 2023. Prohibits certain commercial sales of specified meat and egg products from animals confined in non-complying manner. Defines sales violations as unfair competition. Creates good faith defense for sellers relying upon written certification by suppliers that meat or animal products comply with new confinement standards. Requires State of California to issue implementing regulations. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Potential decrease in state and local tax revenues from farm businesses, likely not to exceed the low millions of dollars annually. Potential state costs ranging up to ten million dollars annually to enforce the measure. (17-0042.)

1842. (17-0046, Amdt.#1)
Amends Three Strikes Sentencing Law for Repeat Offenders. Initiative Statute.
Summary Date: 01/17/18
Failed: 08/08/18
Signatures Required: 365,880
Proponents: Thomas R. Loversky (888) 245-9393

Revises the three strikes law to impose a life sentence with possibility of parole only when the third or subsequent conviction is for a violent felony, unless the new offense is a specified sex- or firearm-related crime, or a prior offense was for rape, child molestation, or murder. Requires resentencing of inmates currently serving life with possible parole if they would have received different sentences under this measure. Applies savings to schools, colleges, prison rehabilitation programs, and youth crime prevention programs. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Net state criminal justice system savings that would likely be in the high tens of millions of dollars initially and could eventually exceed $100 million annually. State savings from the measure would be spent on education, inmate rehabilitation, and youth crime prevention programs. Increased county costs that could exceed $10 million annually, primarily due to increased county community supervision populations. (17-0046.)

1843. (17-0047, Amdt.#1)
Increases Funding for Hospitals, Clinics, and Primary Care Providers Serving Low-Income Patients by Increasing Tax on Personal Income Over $1 Million. Initiative Constitutional Amendment.
Summary Date: 01/18/18
Failed: 08/08/18
Signatures Required: 585,407 - (25% of Signatures Reached 04/20/2018 (PDF))
Proponents: Michael Borges and Benjamin Tracey c/o Catha Worthman and Darin Ranahan (510) 269-7998

Increases funding for: (1) eligible hospitals, clinics, and primary healthcare providers that serve low-income patients and medically underserved communities; and (2) educating and training certain healthcare workers. Provides dedicated revenue for this funding and program administration by taxing personal income over $1 million an additional 1%. Requires annual audit to verify funds are properly spent. Requires Attorney General or district attorneys to investigate misuse of funds. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Additional state revenues typically between $1.5 billion and $2.5 billion annually, depending on the economy and asset markets. This funding is allocated to safety net hospitals (70 percent), community health clinics (25 percent), and health care workforce development and training projects (5 percent) eligible for funding under the initiative. (17-0047.)

1845. (17-0049, Amdt.#1)
Eliminates Certain Liability for Lead-Paint Manufacturers. Authorizes Bonds to Fund Structural and Environmental Remediation Projects. Initiative Statute.
Summary Date: 01/26/18
Withdrawn: 06/28/18
Signatures Required: 365,880

Proponents: Randy Perry c/o Kurt Oneto (916) 446-6752

Declares that lead paint in homes is not a public nuisance. Eliminates liability of lead-paint manufacturers—in cases pending on or after November 1, 2017—for claims that lead paint in homes causes a public nuisance. Authorizes $2 billion in state general obligation bonds to fund grants for certain structural and environmental remediation projects as follows: $1.5 billion for certain residential units; $400 million for schools; and $100 million for senior housing facilities. Appropriates money from the General Fund to repay bonds. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: State General Fund costs of $3.9 billion to pay off principal ($2 billion) and interest ($1.9 billion) on bonds over a period of 35 years. Annual payments would average $110 million, with payments lower in the initial and final few years and somewhat higher in the intervening years. Reduction of several hundred million dollars or more in funding for local programs to clean up lead-based paint in homes. (17-0049.)

1846. (17-0050, Amdt.#1)
Expands Requirement for Supermajority Approval to Enact New Revenue Measures. Initiative Constitutional Amendment.
Summary Date: 01/26/18
Withdrawn: 06/28/18
Signatures Required: 585,407

Proponents: Robert Lapsley c/o Kurt Oneto (916) 446-6752

For new revenue measures, broadens definition of state taxes that would require approval by two-thirds supermajority vote of Legislature. For local governments, requires two-thirds approval of electorate to raise new taxes or governing body to raise new fees. Requires that state and local laws enacting new taxes specify how revenues can be spent. Heightens legal threshold for state and local governments to prove that fees passed without two-thirds approval are not taxes. Invalidates local taxes imposed in 2018, unless taxes meet criteria adopted by this measure. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Likely minor decrease in annual state revenues and potentially substantial decrease in annual local revenues, depending upon future actions of the Legislature, local governing bodies, voters, and the courts. (17-0050.)