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.

 

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.)

1806. (17-0010)
Authorizes Bonds to Fund Projects for Water Supply and Quality, Watershed, Fish, Wildlife, Water Conveyance, and Groundwater Sustainability and Storage. Initiative Statute.
Summary Date: 09/20/17 | Circulation Deadline: 03/19/18 | Signatures Required: 365,880
Proponents: Gerald H. Meral (415) 717-8412 jerrymeral@gmail.com

Authorizes $8.877 billion in state general obligation bonds for various infrastructure projects: $3.03 billion for safe drinking water and water quality, $2.895 billion for watershed and fisheries improvements, $940 million for habitat protection, $855 million for improved water conveyance, $685 million for groundwater sustainability/storage, and $472 million for surface water storage/dam repairs. Appropriates money from General Fund to pay off bonds. Requires certain projects to provide matching funds from non-state sources; 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 $17.3 billion to pay off principal ($8.9 billion) and interest ($8.4 billion) on bonds over a 40-year period. Annual payments would average $433 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 cost-share required. (17-0010.)

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 | Circulation Deadline: 03/26/18 | 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 | Circulation Deadline: 03/26/18 | 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.)

1809. (17-0013A1)
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 | Circulation Deadline: 03/26/18 | Signatures Required: 585,407
Proponents: Alexander E. Creel c/o Christopher C. Carlisle (916) 492-5200

Removes the following current requirements for homeowners who are over 55 years old or severely disabled to transfer their property tax base to a replacement residence: that replacement property be of equal or lesser value, replacement residence be in 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 of around $150 million in the near term, growing over time to $1 billion or more per year (in today’s dollars). Annual property tax losses for schools of around $150 million per year in the near term, growing over time to $1 billion or more per year (in today’s dollars). Increase in state costs for schools of an equivalent amount in most years. (17-0013.)

1810. (17-0014A1)
Authorizes State Regulation of Kidney Dialysis Clinics. Limits Charges for Patient Care. Initiative Statute.
Summary Date: 10/13/17 | Circulation Deadline: 04/11/18 | Signatures Required: 365,880
Proponents: Edward Howard and Benjamen Tracey c/o BJ Chisholm (415) 421-7151 bchisholm@altber.com

Limits amounts outpatient kidney dialysis clinics may charge for patient care and imposes penalties for excessive charges. Requires annual reporting to the state regarding clinic costs, patient charges, and revenue. Prohibits clinics from discriminating against patients based on the source of payment for care. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: State administrative costs of around $1 million annually to be covered by increases in license fees on chronic dialysis clinics. State and local government savings largely associated with reduced government employee and retiree health benefits spending on dialysis treatment, potentially up to tens of millions of dollars annually. (17-0014.)

1811. (17-0015A1)
Authorizes State Regulation of Kidney Dialysis Clinics. Establishes Minimum Staffing Requirements and Limits Charges for Patient Care. Initiative Statute.
Summary Date: 10/13/17 | Circulation Deadline: 04/11/18 | Signatures Required: 365,880
Proponents: Edward Howard and Benjamen Tracey c/o BJ Chisholm (415) 421-7151 bchisholm@altber.com

Establishes minimum staffing requirements for nurses, technicians, and other staff at outpatient kidney dialysis clinics and sets minimum transition time between patients. Limits amounts clinics may charge for patient care and imposes penalties for excessive charges. Requires annual inspections and reporting to the state regarding clinic costs, patient charges, revenue, staffing ratios, and transition times between patients. Authorizes investigations and imposes fines for violations. Prohibits clinics from discriminating against patients based on the source of payment for care. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: State administrative costs of around $10 million annually to be covered by increases in license fees on chronic dialysis clinics. State and local government savings associated with reduced government employee and retiree health benefits spending on dialysis treatment, potentially up to tens of millions of dollars annually. Net state government costs for Medi-Cal, potentially in the low tens of millions of dollars annually in the long run. (17-0015.)

1812. (17-0016A1)
Changes the Rules of Professional Conduct for Attorneys. Initiative Statute.
Summary Date: 10/20/17 | Circulation Deadline: 04/18/18 | Signatures Required: 365,880
Proponents: Michael H. Vartanian (408) 748-4038 michael.h.vartanian@gmail.com

Replaces the current Rules of Professional Conduct for California attorneys with the American Bar Association’s Model Rules of Professional Conduct, subject to approval by the California Supreme Court. Allows the State Bar of California Board of Trustees to continue to enforce rules of professional conduct and to formulate and enforce variations of the rules. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Minor effect on state costs related to the consideration and adoption of attorney conduct rules. Any increase in costs would likely be offset by fees currently paid by State Bar members. (17-0016.)

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 | Circulation Deadline: 04/23/18 | 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.)

1814. (17-0018A1)
Division of California into Three States. Initiative Statute.
Summary Date: 10/24/17 | Circulation Deadline: 04/23/18 | Signatures Required: 365,880
Proponents: Timothy Draper (650) 233-9000 tim@draper.com

Divides California into three states subject to approval by Congress. Assigns each county to a new state. Upon passage, directs Governor to request that Congress grant approval within twelve months. If Congress approves, directs Legislature to divide California’s assets and liabilities between the new states. Provides that, if Legislature fails to act within twelve months of Congressional approval, debts shall be distributed among new states based on population relative to California population as a whole, and assets within boundaries of each new state shall become the assets of that new state. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Assuming this measure is approved by voters and the federal government and allowed by the courts, all tax collections and spending by the existing State of California would end. California’s existing state assets and liabilities would be divided among three new states. These states would make their own decisions about state and local taxes and spending. (17-0018.)

1815. (17-0019)
Establishes a Fund for Healthcare in California Exempt from Revenue Restrictions. Initiative Constitutional Amendment.
Summary Date: 10/24/17 | Circulation Deadline: 04/23/18 | Signatures Required: 585,407
Proponents: Dale Fountain (408) 462-0452 dfountain@euhc4ca.org

Creates trust fund within the state treasury solely for funding healthcare and healthcare-related expenses to encourage Legislature to enact healthcare policy and funding mechanisms. Allows Legislature to raise any taxes dedicated to the fund by majority vote and to deposit state and federal monies into the fund. Exempts fund’s revenues from constitutionally required: annual state spending limit, minimum-funding guarantee for schools, and state budget reserve deposits. Permits Legislature to establish rules reserving or delaying disbursement of monies deposited in fund, subject to annual cap. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: No direct fiscal impact on state and local governments. Any future impact would be dependent on actions by the Legislature and Governor. The measure makes it easier to increase state tax revenues dedicated to healthcare spending. It could also have a variety of impacts on the state budget—including on the state’s spending limit, and spending on healthcare, education, debts, and reserves. (17-0019.)

1816. (17-0020)
Repeals Current Primary Election System in State and Congressional Elections. Initiative Constitutional Amendment.
Summary Date: 10/25/17 | Circulation Deadline: 04/23/18 | Signatures Required: 585,407
Proponents: Thomas E. Palzer

Repeals the current primary elections system which provides for all candidates for an office to appear on a single primary ballot and for the two candidates with the most votes in the primary to advance to the general election, irrespective of party. Creates a primary election system based on political party for congressional, state legislative, and most statewide offices. Gives political parties that participate in the primary election for a partisan office the right to participate in the general election for that office. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: No significant net change in state and local government costs to administer elections. (17-0020.)

1817. (17-0021A2)
Sets Minimum Compensation for Some Public-School Teachers Equal to That of State Legislators. Sales Tax Increase. Initiative Statute.
Summary Date: 10/26/17 | Circulation Deadline: 04/24/18 | Signatures Required: 365,880
Proponents: Marc Litchman (213) 973-2877 info@fairpay2018.com

Requires that full-time, public-school teachers with a credential that would allow them to teach beyond five years (also known as a “clear credential”) be paid no less than regular members of the state Legislature. Funds the minimum compensation with an additional two percent sales tax over the current rate. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Increased state sales tax revenues of approximately $14 billion annually, with proceeds spent on higher teacher salaries. Additional costs to schools of about $3 billion per year to cover higher teacher pensions and certain other benefits costs resulting from—but not funded by—the measure. Schools and the state could take a variety of actions to bring required spending in line with available resources. Increased state costs of about $1 billion per year to cover higher teacher pensions. Potential state actions—such as lowering spending on other programs—to keep state spending from exceeding the state’s constitutional limit. (17-0021.)

1818. (17-0022)
Defines Legal Standard for Claim of Self-Defense in Certain Criminal Prosecutions of Law-Enforcement Officers. Requires Jury Trial for Specified Criminal Prosecutions of Law-Enforcement Officers. Initiative Constitutional Amendment.
Summary Date: 10/27/17 | Circulation Deadline: 04/25/18 | Signatures Required: 585,407
Proponents: Nadia Turner and Masheika E. Allen (646) 245-2711

Requires that law-enforcement officers who are prosecuted for crimes involving use of lethal or near-lethal force be held to a reasonable-person standard equal to or higher than that required for ordinary citizens to prevail on self-defense claims. Requires that criminal trials of law-enforcement officers be by jury for charges related to abuse of power or authority, unlawful or excessive force under color of law, or violent felonies. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Likely minor net fiscal impact on annual state and local criminal justice costs. (17-0022.)

1819. (17-0023, Amdt.#1)
Eliminates Restrictions on Voting by Felons in Prison or on Parole. Initiative Constitutional Amendment and Statute.
Summary Date: 10/27/17 | Circulation Deadline: 04/25/18 | Signatures Required: 585,407
Proponents: Taina Vargas-Edmond (510) 969-0375

Eliminates existing restrictions on preregistering to vote, registering to vote, and voting by persons while they are in prison or on parole for the conviction of a felony. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: State prison costs of up to $1 million annually to register and provide ballots to prisoners. County election costs of a few hundred thousand dollars annually to register and provide ballots to prisoners and parolees. (17-0023.)

1820. (17-0040)
Referendum to Overturn Law Defining State and Local Law-Enforcement Agencies’ Participation in Specified Immigration Enforcement.
Summary Date: 10/27/17 | Circulation Deadline: 01/03/18 | Signatures Required: 365,880
Proponents: Marco Gutierrez c/o Ben Bergquam (559) 618-1109

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 Governor. A majority of voters must then approve the challenged law at the next statewide election before it can take effect. The law limits, subject to considerations to ensure public safety, when state/local law-enforcement agencies may use resources or personnel to assist federal agencies in specified immigration enforcement activities. (17-0040.)

1821. (17-0024)
Decriminalization of Psilocybin. Initiative Statute.
Summary Date: 10/31/17 | Circulation Deadline: 04/30/18 | Signatures Required: 365,880
Proponents: Kevin P. Saunders and Dimitric Merchant (831) 521-1469

Decriminalize use, possession, sale, transport, or cultivation of psilocybin (a hallucinogenic compound) by persons at least 21 years of age. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Reduced costs, not likely to exceed a few million dollars annually, to state and local governments related to enforcing psilocybin related offenses, handling the related criminal cases in the court system, and incarcerating and supervising certain psilocybin offenders. Potential increase in state and local tax revenues, not likely to exceed a couple million dollars annually, related to the production and sale of psilocybin. (17-0024.)

1822. (17-0025, Amdt. #1)
Creation of New University of California Online. Initiative Constitutional Amendment.
Summary Date: 11/01/17 | Circulation Deadline: 04/30/18 | Signatures Required: 585,407
Proponents: Boyd Roberts boyd@lagunagalleryrealestate.com

Requires creation of new, online public university named University of California Online. Authorizes free public not-for-credit access to all University of California Online course materials, programs, and digital libraries. Authorizes for-credit enrollment in all University of California Online courses and degree programs for all who apply. University of California Online tuition shall be at cost, including course books and materials, with an additional fee for out-of-state students. Requires creation of University of California Online Bookstore to sell and buy-back textbooks for all California public university and college courses. Requires State Treasurer to issue bonds to fund University of California Online, to be repaid by University of California Online from tuition and fees. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Costs for a new online university, potentially up to hundreds of millions of dollars annually at full scale. Costs intended to be covered by tuition and fees charged to enrolled students. Potential other fiscal impacts on the state—costs and savings—depending on various factors, including initial student demand for the new online university, enrollment fluctuations at the online university, the impact of the online university on existing public colleges and universities, and changes in state financial aid costs. (17-0025.)

1823. (17-0026)
Establishes New Standards for Confinement of Certain Farm Animals; Bans Sale of Certain Non-Complying Products. Initiative Statute.
Summary Date: 11/02/17 | Circulation Deadline: 05/01/18 | Signatures Required: 365,880
Proponents: Cheri Shankar c/o Kurt Oneto (916) 446-6752

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, 2021. 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. (17-0026.)

1824. (17-0027A1)
Establishes New Consumer Privacy Rights; Expands Liability for Consumer Data Breaches. Initiative Statute.
Summary Date: 11/07/17 | Circulation Deadline: 05/07/18 | Signatures Required: 365,880
Proponents: Mary Ross and Alastair Mactaggart c/o James C. Harrison or Kristen M. Rogers (510) 346-6200

Gives consumers right to learn categories of personal information that businesses collect and sell or share about them, and to whom that information is sold. Gives consumers right to prevent businesses from selling or sharing 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 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.(17-0027.)

1825. (17-0028)
Exempts Residents Who Have No Dependent Enrolled in Public Education from Taxes, Fees, and Other Charges for Public Education. Initiative Constitutional Amendment.
Summary Date: 11/09/17 | Circulation Deadline: 05/08/18 | Signatures Required: 585,407
Proponents: Lee Olson

Exempts California residents who have no dependent enrolled in California’s public kindergarten schools, public elementary schools, public secondary schools, community colleges, or state universities from paying taxes, fees, and other charges to fund such public institutions or specified public education expenses. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Potential reduction of state and local taxes and fees totaling in the low tens of billions of dollars per year. The state and local governments potentially could have to take actions to bring their budgets into balance—by reducing spending and/or raising other taxes or fees. (17-0028.)

1826. (17-0029)
Exempts California Residents 55 Years Old or Older from State or Local Income and Property Taxes and Property Fees. Exempts California Residents from Any State Estate Tax. Initiative Constitutional Amendment.
Summary Date: 11/08/17 | Circulation Deadline: 05/08/18 | Signatures Required: 585,407
Proponents:Lee Olson

Exempts California residents who are 55 years old or older from paying state or local income taxes, real estate and personal property taxes, or real estate and personal property fees. Exempts California residents from any form of state estate tax, if California were to levy an estate tax. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Reduced state and local taxes of roughly $60 billion per year. The state and local governments would have to take actions to bring their budgets into balance—by reducing spending and/or raising other taxes or fees.(17-0029.)

1827. (17-0030)
Prohibits Government from Enforcing Educational Standards and Makes Parents and Guardians Solely Responsible for Their Children’s Education. Initiative Constitutional Amendment.
Summary Date: 11/09/17 | Circulation Deadline: 05/08/18 | Signatures Required: 585,407
Lee Olson

Changes Constitution to prohibit state and local government from requiring parents and guardians to meet educational standards. Gives parents and legal guardians the sole authority and responsibility to educate their children, including the right to determine the venue, curriculum, and methods of education. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Potentially significant costs for state and local governments to resolve complaints and make alternative arrangements for parents who believe existing laws or policies violate their rights under this measure. (17-0030.)

1828. (17-0031)
Amends Various State Laws Concerning Taxes, Fees, Debt, Credit, Child Support, and Driving Under the Influence. Initiative Statute.
Summary Date: 11/16/17 | Circulation Deadline: 05/15/18 | Signatures Required: 365,880
Walter S. Glass II (619) 578-2539

Restricts collection of: unpaid state personal income and corporation taxes and other fines, penalties and debt owed to state/local government, and unpaid child support obligations. Reduces vehicle license fee. Reduces or eliminates Department of Motor Vehicles fees and penalties. Requires voter approval of any new or increased fees to Department of Motor Vehicles. Restricts disclosure of arrests or convictions for driving under the influence and limits use of vehicle ignition locks after such convictions. Limits certain information on consumer credit reports and interest on certain consumer loans. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Reduced state income tax revenue of several billion dollars on a one-time basis over the near term. Reduced annual state income tax revenues potentially in the tens of billions of dollars, depending on how taxpayers and the state respond to the measure’s changes to the state income tax system. Reduced annual state and local revenues of several billion dollars from various charges collected by DMV. These revenues would otherwise primarily support public safety and health and human services at the local level, and the operation of CHP and DMV. (17-0031.)

1829. (17-0032)
Establishes a Tax Credit for Homeowners and a Supplemental Tax Credit for Renters in California. Initiative Statute.
Summary Date: 11/17/17 | Circulation Deadline: 05/16/18 | Signatures Required: 365,880
Jon Coupal (916) 444-9950

Establishes a $500 tax credit for homeowners who are eligible for the existing homeowner’s property tax exemption. Establishes a $500 supplemental tax credit for renters who are eligible for the existing renter’s credit. Applies credits per person for unmarried individuals and per couple for married individuals, without regard to the taxpayers’ income amount. If homeowners or renters are nonresidents for any portion of the taxable year, the credit is proportionally reduced. Provides for annual inflation adjustments to tax credit. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Reduction in state revenue of roughly $4 billion per year. Likely a reduction in funding for schools and community colleges of roughly $2 billion in most years. (17-0032.)

 

 

*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.