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November 16, 2017
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Proposed Initiative Enters Circulation

Amends Various State Laws Concerning Taxes, Fees, Debt, Credit, Child Support, and Driving Under the Influence. Initiative Statute.


SACRAMENTO – Secretary of State Alex Padilla announced the proponent of a new initiative was cleared to begin collecting petition signatures today. 

The Attorney General prepares the legal title and summary that is required to appear on initiative petitions. When the official language is complete, the Attorney General forwards it to the proponent and to the Secretary of State, and the initiative may be circulated for signatures. The Secretary of State then provides calendar deadlines to the proponent and to county elections officials. The Attorney General’s official title and summary for the measure is as follows: 

AMENDS VARIOUS STATE LAWS CONCERNING TAXES, FEES, DEBT, CREDIT, CHILD SUPPORT, AND DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE. INITIATIVE STATUTE. 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.) 

The Secretary of State’s tracking number for this measure is 1828 and the Attorney General’s tracking number is 17-0031. 

The proponent of the measure, Walter S. Glass II, must collect the signatures of 365,880 registered voters (five percent of the total votes cast for Governor in the November 2014 general election) in order to qualify it for the ballot. The proponent has 180 days to circulate petitions for the measure, meaning the signatures must be submitted to county elections officials no later than May 15, 2018. The proponent can be reached at (619) 578-2539. 


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