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For Immediate Release
June 28, 2018
SOS Press Office
(916) 653-6575

Proponent Withdraws Initiative to Expand Requirement for Supermajority Approval to Enact New Revenue Measures

SACRAMENTO – Secretary of State Alex Padilla today announced that an initiative eligible for the November 6, 2018, General Election ballot has been withdrawn by its proponent.

The Attorney General's official title and summary of the initiative is as follows:

EXPANDS REQUIREMENT FOR SUPERMAJORITY APPROVAL TO ENACT NEW REVENUE MEASURES. INITIATIVE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT. For new revenue measures, broadens definition of state taxes that would require approval by two-thirds supermajority vote of Legislature. For local governments, requires two-thirds approval of electorate to raise new taxes or governing body to raise new fees. Requires that state and local laws enacting new taxes specify how revenues can be spent. Heightens legal threshold for state and local governments to prove that fees passed without two-thirds approval are not taxes. Invalidates local taxes imposed in 2018, unless taxes meet criteria adopted by this measure. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Likely minor decrease in annual state revenues and potentially substantial decrease in annual local revenues, depending upon future actions of the Legislature, local governing bodies, voters, and the courts.

The measure previously became eligible for the ballot on June 27, 2018, through a random sample verification of signatures.

Pursuant to Elections Code 9604(b), proponents may withdraw an initiative any time before the Secretary of State certifies it as qualified. The 131-day qualification deadline for the November 6, 2018, General Election is June 28.

The proponent of this initiative, Robert Lapsley, can be reached c/o Kurt Oneto (916) 446-6752

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