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.

 

1766. (15-0108A1)
Online Voting. Initiative Statute.
Summary Date: 01/19/16 | Circulation Deadline: 07/18/16 | Signatures Required: 365,880
Chase Martinez (916) 223-6976

Requires Secretary of State to develop or contract with a third party for an online voting system by December 31, 2017. Appropriates $45 million from the Voting Modernization Bond Act of 2002 to finance the new system. Contains security and auditing requirements. Requires testing of system in local elections. 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 elections. These costs include (1) one-time costs—possibly tens of millions of dollars—to develop new information technology systems and (2) ongoing costs—possibly millions of dollars annually—to administer elections. (15-0108.) (Full Text

1767. (15-0109A1)
High-Speed Rail. No Issuance or Sale of Future Bonds. Suspension of Project. Initiative Statute.
Summary Date: 01/25/16 | Circulation Deadline: 07/25/16 | Signatures Required: 365,880
Robert Huff and George Runner c/o Charles H. Bell (916) 442-7757

Prevents issuance and sale of remaining amount of high-speed rail bonds previously approved by voters to initiate construction of high-speed train system. Redirects unspent high-speed rail bond proceeds to any other purpose approved by voters in separate measure at same election, or, if none, to retiring outstanding high-speed rail bonds. Suspends high-speed rail project, except to study, using state general funds only, feasibility of completing full route from San Francisco to Los Angeles with Sacramento and San Diego connections. Establishes process for preserving project assets and retiring pre-existing obligations. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: State savings of up to about $700 million annually in debt-service costs, depending on the actual reduction in bond funds spent as a result of this measure. Other potential fiscal effects (such as changes in state spending and loss of federal funds), depending on whether the state continued to pursue a high-speed rail project in the future. (15-0109.) (Full Text

1768. (15-0110A1)
Disability Access Litigation. Initiative Statute.
Summary Date: 01/25/16 | Circulation Deadline: 07/25/16 | Signatures Required: 365,880
Andrew K. Rauch (619) 515-1140 rauch@rauchaplc.com

Requires that persons with disabilities who sue property owners or businesses for construction-related accessibility violations give 120 days notice before filing suit. Bars suit if the property owner or business corrects the violation within 120 days. Requires that notice of violations be provided in the same way as notice of a lawsuit. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Potential reduction in state court costs related to civil claims, which could be in the range of a few million dollars annually. (15-0110.) (Full Text

1769. (15-0107A1)
Water Bond. Reallocation of Bond Authority to Water Storage Projects. Initiative Constitutional Amendment and Statute.
Summary Date: 01/25/16 | Circulation Deadline: 07/25/16 | Signatures Required: 585,407 (25% of Signatures Reached 03/18/2016)
Robert Huff and George Runner c/o Charles H. Bell (916) 442-7757

Prioritizes water uses in California, with domestic uses first and irrigation uses second, over environmental, recreational, and other beneficial uses. Reallocates up to $10.7 billion in unused bond authority from existing high-speed rail ($8.0 billion) and water storage ($2.7 billion) purposes, to fund water storage projects for domestic and irrigation uses. Removes requirement that water storage projects funded by the $2.7 billion amount also benefit the environment. Creates new State Water and Groundwater Storage Facilities Authority to choose the projects to be funded by reallocated bond amounts. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: No significant increase or decrease in the state’s anticipated debt payments from the redirection of up to $10.7 billion in bonds from previously approved measures, assuming these bonds would have been sold in the future absent this measure. Unknown net fiscal effects on state and local governments due to measure’s changes to how water is prioritized in the State Constitution, as well as potential changes to funding levels available for capital projects. (15-0107.) (Full Text)

1771. (15-0112)
Legislature. Secret Ballots. Initiative Constitutional Amendment.
Summary Date: 01/27/16 | Circulation Deadline: 07/25/16 | Signatures Required: 585,407
Subhendu Das subhendu.das@excite.com

Requires members of State Legislature to vote by secret ballot in all legislative decision-making. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Potential increase in state legislative costs, which would be funded within the existing constitutional budget limit for the Legislature. (15-0112.) (Full Text)

1772. (15-0113)
Disability Access Litigation. Initiative Constitutional Amendment.
Summary Date: 02/03/16 | Circulation Deadline: 08/01/16 | Signatures Required: 585,407
Terry Rogers (562) 988-3106

Requires that persons with disabilities who sue property owners or businesses for accessibility violations give 90 days notice before filing suit. Bars suit if the property owner or business cures the violation within 90 days. Requires local permitting authorities to give priority to building permit applications submitted for purpose of making alterations or repairs to comply with accessibility laws. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Potential reduction in state court costs related to civil claims, which could be in the range of a few million dollars annually. (15-0113.) (Full Text)

1774. (15-0114A1)
Elimination of Charter Schools. Initiative Statute.
Summary Date: 02/08/16 | Circulation Deadline: 08/08/16 | Signatures Required: 365,880
Diana Mansker (916) 391-3384

Repeals laws governing charter schools effective July 1, 2017. Requires charter schools to convert to traditional public schools or close, at local school districts’ discretion. Requires charter schools to return all unencumbered public funds to the state and to transfer all real property purchased with public funds to their local school districts. Authorizes state audits of school assets. Provides penalties for violations. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: About $5 billion in state funding and operational costs would shift from charter schools to school districts. Ongoing facility costs also would shift from charter schools to school districts, with the exact effect depending upon the decisions made by state policymakers and districts. Transition costs totaling hundreds of millions of dollars statewide for school districts to dispose of charter school property, recruit and train staff, replace textbooks, determine appropriate instructional placements for incoming students, and repurpose facilities. (15-0114.) (Full Text)

1775. (15-0116A1)
Local Government. Water, Sewer, Stormwater, And Flood Control Services. Fee Structures. Initiative Constitutional Amendment.
Summary Date: 02/18/16 | Circulation Deadline: 08/16/16 | Signatures Required: 585,407
Christopher McKenzie, Tim Quinn, Matthew Cate, c/o Lance H. Olson and Richard Miadich, (916) 442-2952

Establishes alternative process for local government to impose fees for water, sewer, stormwater, and flood control services, as defined, without voter approval. Authorizes fee structures that recover reasonable costs of providing service, encourage water conservation and resource management, and provide fee reductions for low-income households. Requires notice of and public hearing on proposed fees. Allows fee payers to prevent proposed fee by majority filing written protests. Prohibits use of fee revenues for other purposes. Requires independent audit of revenues and expenditures. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Increased local government revenues and spending for flood control services and stormwater management in the range of low hundreds of millions of dollars up to more than $1 billion annually, depending on future actions by local governing boards and voters. (15-0116.) (Full Text)

1776. (15-0117A1)
Vote by Mail Ballots. Electronic Submission. All-Mailed Ballot Elections. Initiative Statute.
Summary Date: 02/18/16 | Circulation Deadline: 08/16/16 | Signatures Required: 365,880
Lance H. Olson (916) 442-2952

Repeals prohibitions against voting systems connecting to Internet or using wireless communications. Establishes Election Data Security Commission, composed of Secretary of State and six subject matter experts, to develop standards, software, and procedures for secure electronic submission of vote by mail ballots. Directs Commission to conduct electronic submission pilot programs for military voters by November 2022; requires statewide use if Commission certifies security of system. Exempts Commission from conflict of interest laws, as specified; requires disclosure of financial interests in companies Commission contracts with. Expands county authority to conduct all-mailed ballot elections. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: One-time state costs—likely many tens of millions of dollars and possibly exceeding $100 million—to implement a new information technology system. Ongoing state costs to maintain system—possibly millions of dollars each year. Ongoing savings to counties for administering elections—possibly in the range of tens of millions of dollars for a statewide general election. (15-0117.) (Full Text)

1777. (15-0118A1)
Vote by Mail Ballots. Electronic Submission. Initiative Statute.
Summary Date: 02/18/16 | Circulation Deadline: 08/16/16 | Signatures Required: 365,880
Lance H. Olson (916) 442-2952

Repeals prohibitions against voting systems connecting to Internet or using wireless communications. Establishes Election Data Security Commission, composed of Secretary of State and six subject matter experts, to develop standards, software, and procedures for secure electronic submission of vote by mail ballots. Directs Commission to conduct electronic submission pilot programs for military voters by November 2022; requires statewide use if Commission certifies security of system. Exempts Commission from conflict of interest laws, as specified; requires disclosure of financial interests in companies Commission contracts with. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: One-time state costs—likely many tens of millions of dollars and possibly exceeding $100 million—to implement a new information technology system. Ongoing state costs to maintain system—possibly millions of dollars each year. No significant fiscal effect on local governments. (15-0118.) (Full Text)

1778. (15-0119)
Marijuana Legalization. Initiative Statute.
Summary Date: 02/23/16 | Circulation Deadline: 08/22/16 | Signatures Required: 365,880
Dave Hodges, John Lee, and Michael Grafton john@afpr.us

Legalizes marijuana under state law. Applies general retail sales taxes to non-medical marijuana. Permits Legislature to place additional excise tax on non-medical marijuana sales, up to 15% of retail price. Permits local governments to ban or limit the number of marijuana businesses within their boundaries if their voters approve. Requires State to create and fund diversion programs in each county exclusively for marijuana offenders. Requires Legislature to pass laws implementing the initiative. 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. (15-0119.) (Full Text)

1779. (15-0120)
Marijuana Legalization. Initiative Statute.
Summary Date: 02/23/16 | Circulation Deadline: 08/22/16 | Signatures Required: 365,880
Dave Hodges john@afpr.us

Legalizes marijuana under state law. Applies general retail sales taxes to non-medical marijuana. Permits Legislature to place additional excise tax on non-medical marijuana sales, up to 15% of retail price. Permits local governments to ban or limit the number of marijuana businesses within their boundaries if their voters approve. Requires State to create and fund diversion programs in each county exclusively for marijuana offenders. Requires Legislature to pass laws implementing the initiative. 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. (15-0120.) (Full Text)

1780. (15-0122)
Nonpartisan Ballots. Initiative Constitutional Amendment and Statute.
Summary Date: 02/26/16 | Circulation Deadline: 08/24/16 | Signatures Required: 585,407
Jesus Angel Cisneros c/o Bradley W. Hertz (818) 593-2949

Bars candidates for 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 significant change in costs to state or local governments to administer elections. (15-0122.) (Full Text)

1782. (15-0123)
Healthcare Decision-Making. Initiative Statute.
Summary Date: 03/03/16 | Circulation Deadline: 08/30/16 | Signatures Required: 365,880
Mitchell J. Pearce (408) 293-3883 drpearce@betterhealer.com

States that healthcare decisions for adults are their private decisions, and that healthcare decisions for minors are private decisions for their parents or legal guardians. Prohibits discrimination in areas of public rights and benefits, business services, or employment based on a person’s healthcare choices, unless person has certain illnesses, has lost his/her civil rights due to a criminal conviction, or has an addiction to any substance. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Highly uncertain fiscal effects on state and local governments, as these depend on how broadly the measure is interpreted by the courts. Potential fiscal effects could therefore range from minor to significant, but indeterminate, costs on state and local governments.(15-0123.) (Full Text)

1783. (15-0124)
Law Enforcement. Use of Excessive Force. Discrimination. Initiative Statute.
Summary Date: 03/03/16 | Circulation Deadline: 08/30/16 | Signatures Required: 365,880
Glen Shaffer and Lisa Freedman Shaffer c/o Jeff Moore (408) 295-3394 info@sanjosenaacp.org

Establishes court process for designating a state or local law enforcement agency as an “over-policed jurisdiction” when the agency has shown a pattern of using excessive force or discrimination for at least twelve months. Subjects such agency to increased auditing, reporting, and drug testing requirements, monitoring by volunteer observers, loss of equipment, potential loss of State funding, mandatory use of body cameras, and other remedies ordered by court. Permits agency to petition court to remove designation after compliance with court order for at least one year. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Potential state court costs that could range in the millions of dollars annually related to hearing and processing cases filed under the measure and oversight of law enforcement agencies found to be over-policing. Potential state and local law enforcement costs that could be in the tens of millions of dollars annually primarily related to compliance with requirements placed on agencies found to be over-policing.(15-0124.) (Full Text)

1784. (15-0125A1)
State Legislature. Candidates and Officeholders. Rules and Procedures. Initiative Constitutional Amendment.
Summary Date: 03/04/16 | Circulation Deadline: 08/31/16 | Signatures Required: 585,407
Robert Owen Bernstein (916) 487-0337

Requires legislators and legislative candidates take lie detector tests regarding residency and conduct while in office. Suspends legislators indicted for felonies from office without pay. Expands residency requirements and eliminates contractual and privacy rights for legislators. Repeals confidentiality provisions governing certain legislative proceedings and records. Prohibits legislators from receiving compensation from persons or businesses that have lobbied the Legislature within prior 48 months. Prohibits former legislators from lobbying Legislature or elected state officials for 12 years after leaving office. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Potential state costs of millions of dollars or more each year to administer lie detector tests. (15-0125.) (Full Text)

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
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)

 

*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.