Initiatives and Referenda Failed to Qualify

Proposed initiative and referendum measures that have not gathered the required number of signatures during the circulation period fail to qualify for the ballot. This page contains a list of proposed initiative and referendum measures that have failed to qualify for the ballot during the last 60 days.

 

1699. (15-0037)
California Nationhood. Initiative Statute. 
Summary Date: 09/14/2015 | Failed: 03/25/16
Louis J Marinelli  ljmarinelli@sovereignca.org

Places question of whether California should become a separate nation on the ballot every four years, beginning November 2020. Voter approval of nationhood in any such election would then require California to demand federal recognition as a separate nation and distinct society. Federal government refusal to recognize California’s nationhood would require future placement on the ballot, every four years, the second question of whether California should unilaterally declare independence from the United States. Voter approval of unilateral independence from the United States in any such election would require California to declare independence and request admission to the United Nations. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Potentially large changes in California public budgets, assuming that this measure can be implemented legally, that voters approve changes to California’s relationship with the United States in later elections, and that these changes actually occur. (15-0037.) (Full Text)

1700. (15-0039)
Marijuana Legalization. Initiative Statute.
Summary Date: 09/16/2015 | Failed: 03/25/16
John Lee, Sandra Bacon-Tercero, Dege Coutee, Edie Lerman, Dave Hodges, J. David Nick, Omar Figueroa, Russell Goodrow, Michael Grafton, Jason Browne, Shona Gochenaur, Gregory Fuentes, Teresa Randolph, Lanette Davies, Denise Dorey, Richard Miller, Jason Bennett, Marc Baylen, Gregory Ledbetter, Patricia Smith, Jon Martinelli, Ron Mullins, Elihu Hernandez, Heather Burke, Gilbert Canedo, john@afpr.us

Legalizes marijuana under state law. Creates commission to regulate and license marijuana industry. Applies general retail sales taxes to marijuana, unless medical or dietary exemptions apply. Permits excise taxes on certain marijuana sales, up to 15% of retail price, and storage, up to 10% of wholesale price. Prohibits discrimination based on marijuana use. Bars marijuana testing for job applicants and employees, or penalizing employees for off-duty use, unless they are in safety-sensitive occupations. Permits local regulation of marijuana businesses, including ban or cap with voter approval. Exempts medical marijuana collectives from licensing and local zoning. 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 of potentially up to several hundred million dollars annually related to the production and sale of marijuana, most of which would be required to be spent for specific purposes such as education, public safety, and drug abuse education and treatment. (15-0039.) (Full Text)

1701. (15-0040)
Abortion Access Restriction. Parental Notification and Waiting Period for Females Under 18. Initiative Constitutional Amendment.
Summary Date: 09/17/2015 |Failed: 03/28/16
Stephen Hicks steve@caparentalrights.org

Changes California Constitution to prohibit certain currently authorized trained and licensed medical professionals from providing abortions to unemancipated minors. Prohibits abortion for unemancipated minor until 48 hours after physician notifies parent/legal guardian in writing. Provides exceptions for medical emergency, parental waiver, or parental abuse documented by notarized statement from law enforcement or relatives. Permits judge to waive notice if minor appears personally in court and proves maturity or best interest. Requires specific abortion information reported to State. Physicians 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. (15-0040.) (Full Text)

1702. (15-0041)
Medical Marijuana. Initiative Constitutional Amendment.
Summary Date: 09/17/2015 | Failed: 03/28/16
Clarence Phillip Snider 12mostlyfriends@gmail.com

Establishes a state constitutional right for California residents 18 years of age or older to grow, own, purchase, and sell organic marijuana for medical use, without a doctor’s recommendation or prescription. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Net reduced costs to state and local governments, possibly reaching the tens of millions of dollars annually related to enforcing certain marijuana-related offenses, handling the related criminal cases in the court system, and incarcerating and supervising certain marijuana offenders. Potential additional state and local tax revenues, primarily from sales taxes, in the low hundreds of millions of dollars annually. Additional state costs of up to several tens of millions of dollars annually to administer permits to sell medical marijuana, which would be offset by any permitting fees authorized by the state. (15-0041.) (Full Text)

1703. (15-0042)
Initiative and Referendum Petitions. Electronic Signature Gathering. Initiative Statute.
Summary Date: 09/21/2015 | Failed: 04/06/16
Barton C. Gilbert bartgilbert@sovereignca.org

Authorizes electronic signature gathering for initiative and referendum petitions. Requires county elections officials to establish a digital platform to accept and process registered voters’ digital signatures, scanned thumbprints, and personal identification numbers for use in signing petitions. Prohibits election officials from discriminating between handwritten or electronic signatures. Permits proponents, at their own cost, to translate and circulate petitions in any language. Requires legislators to pay, from personal funds, the same fee to introduce legislation as proponents pay to obtain a title and summary from the Attorney General. 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 the initiative process. 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 local governments of possibly millions of dollars each year. Ongoing fiscal effect on state government is not certain and depends on future decisions and actions by lawmakers. (15-0042.) (Full Text)

1704. (15-0043, Amdt. #1)
Property Tax Surcharge to Fund Poverty Reduction Programs. Initiative Constitutional Amendment and Statute.
Summary Date: 09/21/2015 | Failed: 04/06/16
Jim Mangia, Martine Singer, Conway Collis, and Dixon Slingerland c/o Stephen Kaufman and George Yin (213) 452-6576

Imposes additional surcharge on real property with an assessed value of over $3 million. Surcharge based on a sliding scale ranging from three-tenths of one percent for real property assessed at $3 million to eight-tenths of one percent for real property assessed at $10 million or more. Allocates revenue to numerous programs for the purpose of reducing poverty, including: prenatal services, expanded childcare, early childhood education, after-school and summer programs, job training grants, tax credits, and monetary aid. Surcharge expires in 20 years. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Increased state revenues annually through 2036-37—estimated between $6 billion and $7 billion in 2017-18—from a new surcharge on high-value properties, with the revenues dedicated to various programs intended to reduce poverty. (15-0043.)(Full Text)

1705. (15-0044)
Medical Marijuana. Initiative Constitutional Amendment.
Summary Date: 09/23/2015 | Failed: 04/06/16
Craig Beresh, Jeffrey Byrne, Lanette Davies, Richard Fenton, Kandice Hawes, Donna Lambert, Eric Salerno, Deborah Tharp, Randall Welty, Dege Coutee, Van Ton, Rowola Maharaj, Shona Gochenaur, Marcia Blount, Richard Miller, Kimberly Cargile, Brook Hilton, and Andrew Merkel

Bars state and local laws restricting patients’ ability to obtain, cultivate, or transport medical marijuana, including concentrated cannabis, in any way that does not apply equally to other plants, unless the activities are within 600 feet of a school. Bars state and local laws creating noncompetitive markets for medical marijuana. Broadens definition of marijuana under state law to include all parts of, and anything made from, the marijuana plant. Bars state and local laws restricting doctors’ ability to recommend marijuana to patients in any way that does not apply equally to herbal or therapeutic treatments. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Potential increase in tax revenue related to sales of medical marijuana of tens of millions of dollars annually, depending on how the measure is interpreted by the courts. (15-0044.) (Full Text)

1706. (15-0045)
Legislature Expansion. Legislative Process. Initiative Constitutional Amendment.
Summary Date: 09/28/2015 | Failed: 04/14/16
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 $140 million annually. Increased county election costs, potentially in the range of tens of millions of dollars initially and significantly lower amounts annually thereafter. (15-0045.) (Full Text)

1707. (15-0046)
Chief of Protocol of California. International Diplomacy. Initiative Statute.
Summary Date: 10/01/2015 | Failed: 04/14/16
Sam Chaney and Stuart Webb samchaney@sovereignca.org stuartwebb@sovereignca.org

Establishes new Office of the Chief of Protocol to advance the foreign policy goals of California. Requires the Secretary of State to appoint a Chief of Protocol who would advise the Governor, the Lieutenant Governor, and the Secretary of State on matters of national and international diplomatic protocol. Requires the Chief of Protocol to handle certain official diplomatic activities, including planning programs for certain visiting foreign leaders; accompanying the Governor on official visits abroad; representing the Governor at certain diplomatic events; and helping to establish embassies in California and abroad. Requires California to extend diplomatic recognition to member states of the United Nations. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Unknown increase in state costs due to the considerable uncertainties surrounding implementation of this measure. (15-0046.) (Full Text)

1708. (15-0047)
Abortion Access Restriction. Parental Notification and Waiting Period for Females Under 18. Initiative Constitutional Amendment.
Summary Date: 10/16/2015 | Failed: 04/28/16
John Smith john.smith.jsjs@gmail.com

Changes California Constitution to prohibit certain currently authorized trained and licensed medical professionals from providing abortions to unemancipated minors. Prohibits abortion for unemancipated minor until 48 hours after physician notifies parent/legal guardian in writing. Provides exceptions for medical emergency, parental waiver, or parental abuse documented by notarized statement from law enforcement or relatives. Permits judge to waive notice if minor appears personally in court and proves maturity or best interest. Requires specific abortion information reported to State. Physicians 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. (15-0047.) (Full Text)

1710. (15-0048, Amdt. #1)
Three Strikes Law. Pre-1994 Strikes. Initiative Statute.
Summary Date: 10/19/2015 | Failed: 04/28/16
Julie Piccolotti (650) 503-6751

Provides that serious or violent felonies committed before passage of the three strikes law in 1994 do not count as strikes toward three strikes sentencing. Drops definition of crimes that count as strikes for purpose of three strikes law. Makes changes to the law that allowed resentencing for certain three strikes inmates; does not extend expired deadline to petition for resentencing. Declares that purpose of imprisonment includes rehabilitation. Removes crime of criminal threats and some first-degree burglaries from list of serious felonies that may not be plea-bargained. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Net state savings related to prison and parole operations that would likely range from the low- to mid-hundreds of millions of dollars annually. Increased county costs that could exceed one hundred million dollars annually, primarily due to increased county jail and community supervision operations. (15-0048.) (Full Text)

1713. (15-0051)
Federal Elections. Campaign Advertisements. Initiative Statute.
Summary Date: 10/28/2015 | Withdrawn: 04/28/16
Timothy D. Geist (805) 319-9768

Permits political advertisers in federal elections for President, Vice-President, United States Senate, or House of Representatives to certify voluntarily, under penalty of perjury, the truth of their advertisement. Provides for certification to be filed with the county elections office where the advertisement is published via Internet, radio, television, or bulk mailing. Requires advertisements and accompanying certifications to be publicly available on a State-protected Internet site. Punishes false certifications with up to four years imprisonment. Delays prosecutions for false certifications until after the general election. 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. These costs include (1) one-time costs—possibly tens of millions of dollars—to develop new information technology systems and (2) ongoing costs to state and local governments of possibly millions of dollars each year to administer and enforce the new certification process. (15-0051.)(Full Text)

1711. (15-0049, Amdt. #1)
Marijuana Legalization. Initiative Statute.
Summary Date: 10/26/2015 | Failed: 05/10/16
Alice A. Huffman (916) 498-1898

Legalizes marijuana under state law. Designates the State Board of Equalization to regulate and license the marijuana industry, including medical marijuana. Provides certain exemptions for medical marijuana patients and caregivers. Imposes 10% taxes on transactions at each of the producer, processor, and retailer stages, including for medical marijuana. Allows 25 square feet of cultivation and one ounce of possession for personal consumption by persons 21 and over. Permits local regulation and taxation of marijuana businesses. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: 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. Additional state and local tax revenues of potentially up to several hundred million dollars annually from taxes on the production and sale of marijuana, a portion of which is required to be spent on substance abuse education, prevention, research, and healthcare, and regulation of commercial marijuana activities. (15-0049.) (Full Text)

1712. (15-0050)
Marijuana Legalization. Initiative Statute.
Summary Date: 10/28/2015 | Failed: 05/10/16
Berton Duzy and Michael Jolson (805) 402-1212 or (831) 252-4637

Legalizes marijuana and hemp under state law. Requires case-by-case review of charges or convictions for nonviolent marijuana offenses for possible sentence modification, amnesty, or immediate release from prison, jail, parole, or probation, and for possible clearance of criminal records. Requires Legislature to adopt laws to license and tax commercial marijuana sales. Allows doctors to approve or recommend marijuana for patients, regardless of age. Allows medical marijuana patients to designate collectives or dispensaries as primary caregivers. Limits testing for marijuana for employment or insurance purposes. Bars state or local aid to enforce federal marijuana laws. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: 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 tax revenues of potentially up to several hundred million dollars annually related to the production and sale of marijuana and industrial hemp, a portion of which is required to be spent on marijuana-related research and other activities. (15-0050.) (Full Text)

1714. (15-0052A2)
Marijuana Legalization. Initiative Statute.
Summary Date: 10/29/2015 | Failed: 05/17/16
Chad M. Hines and Marinda D. Hanes (415) 915-5420

Legalizes marijuana under state law. Creates commission to license and regulate marijuana industry. Establishes procedures for resentencing of persons convicted of nonviolent marijuana offenses. Imposes state excise tax on marijuana of $.42 per gram of dried marijuana and $2.00 per gram of concentrated marijuana. Imposes temporary additional state excise tax of 2.5% on marijuana retail sales. Permits local taxes of up to 10% on marijuana sales, with voter approval. Provides for collection of marijuana taxes by Board of Equalization. Exempts medical marijuana from some taxation. Limits local regulation of marijuana. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: 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 of potentially up to several hundred million dollars annually related to the production and sale of marijuana, most of which is designated to be spent on drug education and counseling services, state parks, research related to the medical use of marijuana, and regulation of commercial marijuana activities. (15-0052.)(Full Text)

1715. (15-0053)
Nonpartisan Ballots. Initiative Constitutional Amendment.
Summary Date: 10/29/2015 | Failed: 05/17/16
Terrance Lynn contact@theterrylynn.com

Bars candidates for United States Congress or state elective office from listing their political party preference, or lack of political party preference, on the election ballot. 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. (15-0053.)(Full Text)

1716. (15-0054)
Minimum Drinking Age. Initiative Statute.
Summary Date: 10/29/2015 | Failed: 05/17/16
Terrance Lynn contact@theterrylynn.com

Lowers the minimum legal drinking age in California from 21 to 18. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Reduction in federal highway funds totaling roughly $200 million dollars annually. Increased state and local tax revenues associated with the sale of alcoholic beverages totaling possibly several million dollars annually. (15-0054.)(Full Text)

1717. (15-0055)
Nuclear Power. Initiative Statute.
Summary Date: 10/29/2015 | Failed: 05/17/16
Ben Davis, Jr. (916) 833-7894

Extends statutory preconditions, currently applicable to new operation of any nuclear powerplant, to existing Diablo Canyon Power Plant. Before further electricity production at any plant, requires California Energy Commission to find federal government has approved technology for permanent disposal of high-level nuclear waste. For nuclear powerplants requiring reprocessing of fuel rods, requires Commission to find federal government has approved technology for nuclear fuel rod reprocessing plants. Both findings are subject to Legislature’s rejection. Further requires Commission to find on case-by-case basis facilities will be available with adequate capacity to reprocess or store powerplant’s fuel rods. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Potential impacts on state and local finances in the form of decreased revenues and increased costs due to possible electricity price increases and state liabilities. The magnitude of these impacts are uncertain, but could be significant, depending in part on the need for system upgrades for replacement power and whether the state is liable for investment losses. Potential avoidance of major future state and local government costs and lost revenues in the rare event of a major nuclear power plant incident. (15-0055.)(Full Text)

1718. (15-0056)
Electricity. Initiative Statute.
Summary Date: 10/29/2015 | Failed: 05/17/16
Ben Davis, Jr. (916) 833-7894

Establishes publicly-owned California Electrical Utility District to provide electric service, replacing most investor-owned utilities, such as PG&E, Southern California Edison, San Diego Gas & Electric, and Bear Valley Electric. Exempts publicly-owned electric utilities, unless they voluntarily elect to join. Requires the District be divided into 11 wards, approximately equal in population. Establishes an 11 member board of directors—one member per ward—each elected for 4-year terms. Grants the District the power to acquire property, construct facilities necessary to supply electricity, set electricity rates, impose taxes, and issue bonds. Fiscal impact: It is the opinion of the Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance that the measure would result in a substantial net change in state and local finances. (15-0056.) (Full Text)

1719. (15-0057, Amdt.#1)
Election Campaign Finance. Public Funding. Initiative Statute.
Summary Date: 11/06/2015 | Failed: 05/17/16
Alison Hartson (714) 878-9662 alisontakesaction@gmail.com

Repeals ban on public funding of election campaigns. Directs Legislature to create a public financing system for elections. Delays effective date of any such legislation until after the next election of the Legislature, unless there is no cost to taxpayers. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Potentially significant state and local government costs to provide public funds to pay for campaigns and other unknown fiscal effects. Increased state and local government costs—possibly exceeding $1 million annually—to administer amended campaign laws, offset by increased fine revenue. (15-0057.) (Full Text)

1720. (15-0058)
Marijuana Legalization. Initiative Statute.
Summary Date: 11/09/2015 | Failed: 05/25/16
Sam H. Clauder II (707) 656-4367 ccuc2016@gmail.com

Legalizes marijuana and hemp under state law. Imposes sales and use taxes on marijuana, including some medical marijuana. Allows Legislature to adopt laws to license and tax commercial marijuana activities. Creates commission to make recommendations to the Legislature. Permits some local regulation of marijuana possession, cultivation, or consumption. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: 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 of potentially up to the low hundreds of millions of dollars annually related to the production and sale of marijuana, some of which would be required to be spent for specific purposes including regulating the marijuana industry and education, research, and substance abuse counseling and education services. (15-0058.)(Full Text)

1721. (15-0059)
Childhood Sexual Abuse. Statutes of Limitations. Initiative Statute.
Summary Date: 11/09/2015 | Failed: 05/25/16
William Lynch (415) 307-6004 will@riseaboveabuse.org

Eliminates statute of limitations for civil actions based on childhood sexual abuse committed on or after the effective date of the measure. Eliminates statute of limitations for felony prosecutions for certain sexual crimes committed against children on or after the effective date of the measure, and for such crimes committed before the effective date of the measure for which the statute of limitations has not yet expired. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Probably minor increase in costs to the state courts, as well as the state and local criminal justice system, from an increase in cases filed and individuals convicted. The fiscal impact on local governments related to civil claims is not likely to be significant on a statewide basis, but the effect on individual local government entities could vary substantially. (15-0059.) (Full Text)

1722. (15-0060)
Marijuana Legalization. Initiative Statute.
Summary Date: 11/10/2015 | Failed: 05/25/16
Sam H. Clauder II (707) 656-4367 ccuc2016@gmail.com

Legalizes marijuana and hemp under state law. Imposes sales and use taxes on marijuana, including some medical marijuana. Allows Legislature to adopt laws to license and tax commercial marijuana activities. Creates commission to make recommendations to the Legislature. Permits some local regulation of marijuana possession, cultivation, or consumption. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: 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 of potentially up to the low hundreds of millions of dollars annually related to the production and sale of marijuana, some of which would be required to be spent for specific purposes including regulating the marijuana industry and education, research, and substance abuse counseling and education services. (15-0060.) (Full Text)

1723. (15-0061)
Sales Tax on Political Advertisements. Initiative Constitutional Amendment.
Summary Date: 11/12/2015 | Failed: 05/25/16
Terrance Lynn contact@theterrylynn.com

Imposes a 1,000 percent sales tax on political advertising delivered within the State of California. Political advertising includes, but is not limited to, all media spending by political parties, political action committees, or candidates. Requires that proceeds of the tax be used for public education. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Unknown increase in state revenues to be provided to public educational entities, assuming that the measure is allowed to go into effect after voter approval and any court challenges. (15-0061.) (Full Text)