Initiatives and Referenda Withdrawn or Failed to Qualify

This page contains a list of proposed initiative and referendum measures that during the last 60 days have been withdrawn by proponents or have failed to gather the required number of signatures during the circulation period. 

 

1802. (17-0006)
Parole Consideration for Elderly Prison Inmates. Initiative Statute.
Summary Date: 08/03/17
Failed: 02/13/18
Signatures Required: 365,880
Proponents: Charles W. Funaro II (626) 578-0440 charlesfunaro@hotmail.com

Requires parole consideration for inmates 80 years old or older who have served at least ten years of current sentence and who have not previously been denied parole. Excludes: inmates serving sentences of death or life imprisonment without possibility of parole; inmates serving sentences for first or second degree murder, prior to serving minimum prison term; and inmates whose parole rights are restricted under any initiative statute, such as inmates serving sentences under the three strikes law. Requires parole consideration to include elderly inmates’ age, time served, and any diminished physical capacity. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Net state savings likely in the hundreds of thousands of dollars annually, primarily due to individuals serving shorter prison terms. Minor county costs due to an increase in the probation population. (17-0006). 

1803. (17-0007)
Authorizes Bonds to Fund Projects for Drinking Water and Water Quality Improvements, to Reduce Environmental Vulnerability to Climate Change, and For State and Local Parks. Initiative Statute.
Summary Date: 09/06/17
Failed: 3/22/18
Signatures Required: 365,880
Proponents: Joseph Caves c/o Lance Olson (916) 442 2952 or lance@olsonhagel.com

Authorizes $7.99 billion in state general obligation bonds for various infrastructure projects in the following general categories: $3.99 billion for safe drinking water and water quality improvements, $2.20 billion to reduce environmental vulnerability to climate change, and $1.8 billion for state and local park improvements. Appropriates money from the General Fund to pay off bonds. Requires certain projects to provide matching funds from non-state sources and gives priority to disadvantaged communities. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: State costs of $15.6 billion to pay off principal ($8 billion) and interest ($7.6 billion) on bonds over a 40-year period. Annual payments would average $390 million. Annual payments would be lower than this average in the initial and final few years, and somewhat higher in the intervening years. Varying fiscal effects on individual local governments depending on specific projects undertaken, amount of grants and loans received, and amount of local financial support provided. (17-0007.)

1804. (17-0008)
Criminalizes Abortion as First-Degree Murder and Expands Definition of Abortion to Include Certain Forms of Birth Control, Some Medical Research, and Many in Vitro Fertilization Procedures. Initiative Constitutional Amendment.
Summary Date: 09/06/17
Failed: 3/22/18
Signatures Required: 584,407
Proponents: Daniel Ehinger (818) 863-6228

Eliminates a woman’s state constitutional privacy right to terminate a pregnancy, and to use certain birth control methods. Outlaws: abortion including cases of rape, incest, or to save the life of the woman; intentionally terminating a fertilized egg; most embryonic stem cell research, some fetal tissue research; and many in vitro fertilization procedures. Women, medical professionals, researchers, and others, who violate these restrictions would be guilty of first-degree murder. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Assuming that provisions of the U.S. Constitution would prevent the initiative from taking effect, voter approval of this measure would have no impact on state and local finances. (17-0008.)

1805. (17-0009)
Makes Individuals Who Committed a Second Strike Offense Before Age 23 Eligible for an Earlier Parole Hearing. Initiative Statute.
Summary Date: 09/15/17
Failed: 04/11/18
Signatures Required: 365,880
Proponents: Amy E. Davis (714) 388-8990 aedavis@twc.com

Individuals who received an enhanced sentence for a second strike they committed before age 23 would receive earlier parole hearings and potential release on parole during their 15th, 20th, or 25th year in prison, depending on their original sentence. Does not apply to those who were convicted of a third strike or certain sex offenses, or who were sentenced to life in prison without parole, or who committed certain additional crimes after age 23. Establishes deadlines for parole hearings. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Net state savings likely in the hundreds of thousands of dollars annually, primarily due to individuals serving shorter prison terms. (17-0009.)

1807. (17-0011A1)
Changes Requirements for Certain Property Owners to Transfer Their Property Tax Base to Replacement Property. Initiative Constitutional Amendment and Statute.
Summary Date: 09/25/17
Failed: 04/11/18
Signatures Required: 585,407
Proponents: Alexander E. Creel c/o Christopher C. Carlisle (916) 492-5200

Removes the following current requirements for homeowners to transfer their property tax base to a replacement residence: that the homeowner be over 55 or severely disabled, replacement property be of equal or lesser value, replacement residence be in a specific county, and the transfer occur only once. Removes similar replacement-value and location requirements on transfers for contaminated or disaster-destroyed property. Requires adjustments to the replacement property’s tax base, based on the new property’s value. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Annual property tax losses for cities, counties, and special districts in the hundreds of millions of dollars per year in the near term, growing over time to a few billion dollars per year (in today’s dollars). Annual property tax losses for schools in the hundreds of millions of dollars per year in the near term, growing over time to a few billion dollars per year (in today’s dollars). Equivalent increase in state costs for schools in most years. (17-0011.)

1808. (17-0012A1)
Changes Requirements for Certain Property Owners to Transfer Their Property Tax Base to Replacement Property. Initiative Constitutional Amendment and Statute.
Summary Date: 09/25/17
Failed: 04/11/18
Signatures Required: 585,407
Proponents: Alexander E. Creel c/o Christopher C. Carlisle (916) 492-5200

Removes the following current requirements for homeowners to transfer their property tax base to a replacement residence: that the homeowner be over 55 or severely disabled, replacement property be of equal or lesser value, and the transfer occur only once. Removes similar replacement-value requirement on transfers for contaminated or disaster-destroyed property. Requires adjustments to the replacement property’s tax base, based on the new property’s value. Retains requirement that new residence or property be in a specific county. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Annual property tax losses for cities, counties, and special districts of around a couple hundred million dollars in the near term, growing over time to as much as a couple billion dollars per year (in today’s dollars). Annual property tax losses for schools of around a couple hundred million dollars in the near term, growing over time to as much as a couple billion dollars per year (in today’s dollars). Increase in state costs for schools of an equivalent amount in most years. (17-0012.)

1813. (17-0017A1)
Directs California Legislature to Request That Congress Call a Federal Constitutional Convention to Propose Various Amendments to The United States Constitution. Initiative Statute.
Summary Date: 10/23/17
Withdrawn: 04/02/18
Signatures Required: 365,880
Proponents: Clare Hedin team@calconcon.com

Directs California Legislature to request that Congress call a federal constitutional convention to propose various amendments to the United States Constitution addressing, among other things, civil rights, the environment, federal taxation, and California’s sovereignty and independence. Instructs elected state officials to communicate with and support any other state that is interested in calling a federal constitutional convention. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Unknown, but potentially major, changes to state and local budgets if the measure withstands legal challenges, is approved by the voters, and results in three-quarters of states eventually approving amendments to the U.S. Constitution. (17-0017.)