Initiatives and Referenda Cleared for Circulation

The Attorney General prepares a circulating title and summary of the chief purpose and points of a proposed initiative measure. Proposed initiative measures are cleared for circulation on the day the circulating title and summary is sent to the initiative proponent(s). No petition may be circulated for signatures before it has been cleared to do so by the Attorney General.

Please note: Counties have 8 working days after a proposed initiative measure's circulation deadline (Elections Code section 9030 (b)) to notify the Secretary of State's Office if any petition signatures were received. If no signatures are submitted, a proposed initiative measure will fail on the 9th working day after its circulation deadline.

 

1797. (17-0001)
Child Custody Determinations. Jury Trial. Initiative Statute. 
Summary Date: 03/10/17 | Circulation Deadline: 09/06/17 | Signatures Required: 365,880
Proponent: Wylmina Hettinga, Jaime Lewis, Jaslynn Ball  (805) 439-4197

Gives parties in child custody matters the right to demand that a jury, rather than judge, determine who receives the physical and legal custody of the child. Prohibits the judge from rejecting a jury’s child custody decision. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Unknown ongoing net fiscal impact on state courts that would depend significantly on (1) how the measure is interpreted and implemented by the courts and (2) how individuals respond to the ability to demand a jury trial in child custody cases. (17-0001.)

1798. (17-0002)
Increases Size of Legislature and Changes Legislative Process. Initiative Constitutional Amendment.
Summary Date: 04/28/17 | Circulation Deadline: 10/25/17 | Signatures Required: 585,407
Proponent: John Cox (847) 274-8814

Increases Legislature’s size almost 100-fold by dividing current Assembly and Senate districts into neighborhood districts with each Assemblymember representing about 5,000 persons and each Senator representing 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 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 about $100 million annually. Increased county election costs of tens of millions of dollars in election years beginning in 2022. (17-0002.)

1799. (17-0003)
Establishes Constitutional Right to Gender Identity. Initiative Constitutional Amendment.
Summary Date: 05/03/17 | Circulation Deadline: 10/30/17 | Signatures Required: 585,407
Proponent: Ashley Illma Gore (310) 425-5044 ashley@illmagore.com

Provides constitutional protection against discrimination based on gender identity. Authorizes free exercise of gender identity in a manner consistent with the peace or safety of the state. Prohibits the Legislature from enacting laws establishing a gender identity. States that a person is not incompetent to be a witness or juror because of his or her gender identity. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Unknown fiscal impact on state and local governments—ranging from relatively minor impacts to costs—depending on how the measure is interpreted and implemented. (17-0003.)

1800. (17-0004 Amdt.#1)
Eliminates Recently Enacted Road Repair and Transportation Funding by Repealing Revenues Dedicated for Those Purposes. Initiative Statute.
Summary Date: 07/10/17 | Circulation Deadline: 01/08/18 | Signatures Required: 365,880
Proponent: Travis Allen

Eliminates recently enacted state and local transportation funding for repair and maintenance of streets, highways, bridges, safety projects, and public transportation by repealing portions of the tax on gasoline ($0.12 per gallon) and diesel fuel ($0.20 per gallon), sales and excise taxes on diesel fuel (4% per gallon), vehicle registration fees ($25-$175, depending on vehicle value), and $100 zero-emission vehicle fee. Eliminates Independent Office of Audits and Investigations, which is responsible for ensuring accountability in the use of revenue for transportation projects. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Reduced annual state transportation revenues of $2.9 billion in 2018-19, increasing to $4.9 billion annually by 2020-21. These revenues would otherwise primarily support state highway maintenance and rehabilitation, local streets and roads, and mass transit. (17-0004).

1801. (17-0005)
California Autonomy from Federal Government. Initiative Constitutional Amendment and Statute.
Summary Date: 07/25/17 | Circulation Deadline: 01/22/18 | Signatures Required: 585,407
Proponents: Stephen Gonzales, David Marin, Cindy Sheehan, Shankar Singam, and Timothy Vollmer 

Repeals provision in California Constitution stating California is an inseparable part of the United States. Directs Governor, in consultation with those members of Congress who represent California, to negotiate continually greater autonomy from federal government, up to and including agreement establishing California as a fully independent country, provided voters agree to revise the California Constitution. Creates new state commission to research and make recommendations on ways of increasing California’s autonomy and independence. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: At least $1.25 million in added state costs per year for an advisory commission on California autonomy and independence. Unknown, potentially major, fiscal effects if California voters approved changes to the state’s relationship with the United States at a future election after the approval of this measure. (17-0005).

1802. (17-0006)
Parole Consideration for Elderly Prison Inmates. Initiative Statute.
Summary Date: 08/03/17 | Circulation Deadline: 01/30/18 | 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 | Circulation Deadline: 03/05/18 | 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 | Circulation Deadline: 03/05/18 | 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 | Circulation Deadline: 03/14/18 | 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.)

 

 

*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.