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.

 

1785. (16-0001A1)
Environmental Health. Prohibited Substances and Activities. Vaccination. Initiative Statute.
Summary Date: 03/28/16 | Circulation Deadline: 09/26/16 | Signatures Required: 365,880
Cheriel Jensen (408) 379-0463 cherielj@earthlink.net

Prohibits genetically engineered plants and animals and over 300 listed substances from being introduced or released into the environment. Creates a new state entity to regulate environmental activities, modify or stop projects having pollution and radiation impacts, and test and approve substances before they are introduced into the environment. Prohibits treatment of water with fluoride or chlorine. Eliminates vaccination as a prerequisite for attendance at schools and daycare facilities. Provides criminal and civil liability for violations, with no statute of limitations. 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. (16-0001.) (Full Text)

1786. (16-0002)
Initiative, Referendum, and Recall Petitions. Electronic Signature Gathering. Initiative Statute.
Summary Date: 04/06/16 | Circulation Deadline: 10/03/16 | Signatures Required: 365,880
Michael Freeman Liddell (530) 626-3440 drliddell@yahoo.com

Authorizes electronic signature gathering for state and local initiative, referendum, and recall petitions. Requires Secretary of State to develop a system that allows voters to view petitions on Secretary of State’s website and to sign them electronically directly on the website, or to download, print, and sign the printed petitions. Requires Secretary of State or local elections official to verify these signatures. Requires Secretary of State to invite arguments for and against petitions, and to post submitted arguments on website. Requires Secretary of State’s website to include ongoing tally of each measure’s signatures received electronically or on downloaded petitions. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: : One-time state and local government costs in the millions of dollars or more to develop an online system for electronic petition signature gathering. Potential net costs or savings due to changed state and local government processes for verifying petition signatures. (16-0002.) (Full Text)

1787. (16-0003A1)
Child Custody Determinations. Jury Trial. Initiative Statute.
Summary Date: 06/16/16 | Circulation Deadline: 12/13/16 | Signatures Required: 365,880 - (25% of Signatures Reached 09/02/2016)
Wylmina Hettinga (805) 235-1699 wylmina@live.com

Gives parties to matters involving child custody 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. (16-0003.) (Full Text

1788. (16-0004)
Referendum to Overturn Law Redefining Assault Weapons.
Summary Date: 07/25/16 | Circulation Deadline: 09/29/16 | Signatures Required: 365,880
Barry Bahrami

If signed by the required number of registered voters and timely filed with the Secretary of State, this petition will place on the statewide ballot a challenge to a state law previously approved by the Legislature and the Governor. The challenged law must then be approved by a majority of voters at the next statewide election to go into effect. The law would redefine assault weapons to include semiautomatic firearms without a permanently fixed ammunition magazine, and would permit individuals who lawfully possess an assault weapon prior to January 1, 2017 to maintain possession. (16-0004.) (Full Text)

1789. (16-0005)
Referendum to Overturn Law Prohibiting Possession of Large-Capacity Ammunition Magazines.
Summary Date: 07/25/16 | Circulation Deadline: 09/29/16 | Signatures Required: 365,880
Barry Bahrami

If signed by the required number of registered voters and timely filed with the Secretary of State, this petition will place on the statewide ballot a challenge to a state law previously approved by the Legislature and the Governor. The challenged law must then be approved by a majority of voters at the next statewide election to go into effect. The law would prohibit possession of large-capacity ammunition magazines and require these magazines be destroyed, removed from the state, sold to a firearms dealer, or surrendered to law enforcement. (16-0005.) (Full Text)

1790. (16-0006)
Referendum to Overturn Law Regulating Ammunition Sales.
Summary Date: 07/25/16 | Circulation Deadline: 09/29/16 | Signatures Required: 365,880
Barry Bahrami

If signed by the required number of registered voters and timely filed with the Secretary of State, this petition will place on the statewide ballot a challenge to a state law previously approved by the Legislature and the Governor. The challenged law must then be approved by a majority of voters at the next statewide election to go into effect. The law would either amend specified laws regulating ammunition sales approved by voters or establish new laws regulating ammunition sales, depending on the outcome of the firearms initiative, Proposition 63, on the November 8, 2016 statewide ballot. (16-0006.) (Full Text

1791. (16-0007)
Referendum to Overturn Law Redefining Assault Weapons.
Summary Date: 07/25/16 | Circulation Deadline: 09/29/16 | Signatures Required: 365,880
Barry Bahrami

If signed by the required number of registered voters and timely filed with the Secretary of State, this petition will place on the statewide ballot a challenge to a state law previously approved by the Legislature and the Governor. The challenged law must then be approved by a majority of voters at the next statewide election to go into effect. The law would redefine assault weapons to include semiautomatic firearms without a permanently fixed ammunition magazine, and would permit individuals who lawfully possess an assault weapon prior to January 1, 2017 to maintain possession. (16-0007.) (Full Text)

1792. (16-0008)
Referendum to Overturn Law Establishing Criminal Penalties for Falsely Reporting Lost or Stolen Firearms.
Summary Date: 07/25/16 | Circulation Deadline: 09/29/16 | Signatures Required: 365,880
Barry Bahrami

If signed by the required number of registered voters and timely filed with the Secretary of State, this petition will place on the statewide ballot a challenge to a state law previously approved by the Legislature and the Governor. The challenged law must then be approved by a majority of voters at the next statewide election to go into effect. The law would make it a misdemeanor to falsely report lost or stolen firearms and prohibit firearms possession for 10 years upon conviction. (16-0008.) (Full Text

1793. (16-0009)
Referendum to Overturn Law Regulating Loans of Firearms.
Summary Date: 07/25/16 | Circulation Deadline: 09/29/16 | Signatures Required: 365,880
Barry Bahrami

If signed by the required number of registered voters and timely filed with the Secretary of State, this petition will place on the statewide ballot a challenge to a state law previously approved by the Legislature and the Governor. The challenged law must then be approved by a majority of voters at the next statewide election to go into effect. The law would exempt only loans among specified relatives from a general requirement that firearms be loaned through an intermediary firearms dealer, and would require loaned handguns to be registered to the lender. (16-0009.) (Full Text)

1794. (16-0010)
Referendum to Overturn Law Requiring Serial Numbers on Personally Manufactured or Assembled Firearms.
Summary Date: 08/08/16 | Circulation Deadline: 10/20/16 | Signatures Required: 365,880
Arthur Aguilar

If signed by the required number of registered voters and timely filed with the Secretary of State, this petition will place on the statewide ballot a challenge to a state law previously approved by the Legislature and the Governor. The challenged law must then be approved by a majority of voters at the next statewide election to go into effect. The law would require persons who make their own firearms to undergo a Department of Justice background check and to place a serial number on all such firearms. (16-0010.) (Full Text)

 

*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.