Initiatives and Referenda Failed to Qualify

Initiatives that have not gathered the required number of signatures during the 150-day circulating period fail to qualify for the ballot. This page contains a list of initiatives that have failed to qualify for the ballot during the last 60 days.


1614. (13-0024)

Public Assistance Benefits. Eligibility. Initiative Statute.

Summary Date: 12/03/13 | Withdrawn: 04/14/2014

Ted Hilton

Requires adult applicants for public assistance benefits to have California driver's license or identification card and child applicants to have birth certificate and social security card. Requires counties and the state to retain copies of such identification documents and monitor subsequent submissions. Requires certain beneficiaries to seek employment for three months before becoming eligible for employment-related assistance. Requires additional state and county steps to identify and facilitate employment for those beneficiaries. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Annual state and local savings, potentially in the hundreds of millions of dollars, from reduced caseloads in the California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) program and other public social services programs. Annual state and local costs at least in the tens of millions of dollars to implement a job placement program for CalWORKs recipients and administer additional documentation requirements. One-time state costs in the tens of millions of dollars for various automation changes. (13-0024.) (Full Text)

1607. (13-0018)

Tax to Fund Increased Oversight of Timber Industry. Initiative Statute.

Summary Date: 10/30/13 | Failed: 04/14/2014

James D. Smith (707) 391-1740

Replaces current timber tax with new harvest tax on timber and forest products at rate of 33% of profits on products from public lands and 2% of profits on products from private lands. Exempts certain harvests for fire prevention, for noncommercial use, and of non-timber products. Transfers Department of Forestry and Fire Protection timber harvest oversight responsibilities to new department, which collects and allocates the tax, conducts harvests on public lands, and oversees environmental protection, restoration, and fire mitigation measures. Bars use of tax revenues by other state agencies. 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 finances. (13-0018.) (Full Text)

1605. (13-0014)

Bible-Based Speech. Initiative Constitutional Amendment.

Summary Date: 10/04/13 | Failed: 03/14/2014

Allan Esses

Exempts speech based on biblical authority from existing constitutional and statutory restrictions applicable to all other speech, including restrictions against discrimination and hate crimes. Prohibits any compelled speech or action if it would be against the speaker's or actor's beliefs based on biblical authority. Repeals constitutional provision denying protection to acts of religious expression inconsistent with the peace or safety of the State. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Potentially minor increased costs to state and local governments to resolve legal issues pertaining to the effect of the measure. (13-0014.) (Full Text)

1604. (13-0013)

Marijuana Legalization. Initiative Statute.

Summary Date: 09/25/13 | Failed: 03/07/2014

Berton Duzy and Michael Jolson bduzy@prodigy.net

Decriminalizes marijuana and hemp use, possession, cultivation, transportation, or distribution. Requires case-by-case review for persons currently charged with or convicted of nonviolent marijuana offenses, for possible sentence modification, amnesty, or immediate release from prison, jail, parole, or probation. Requires case-by-case review of applications to have records of these charges and convictions erased. Requires Legislature to adopt laws to license and tax commercial marijuana sales. Allows doctors to approve or recommend marijuana for patients, regardless of age. Limits testing for marijuana for employment or insurance purposes. Bars state or local aid to enforcement of federal marijuana laws. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Reduced costs in the low hundreds of millions of dollars 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. Potential net additional tax revenues in the low hundreds of millions of dollars annually related to the production and sale of marijuana and industrial hemp, a portion of which is required to be spent on marijuana-related research and other activities. (13-0013.) (Full Text)

1603. (13-0008, Amdt. #1S)

Personally Identifying Information. Confidentiality. Initiative Constitutional Amendment.

Summary Date: 09/25/13 | Failed: 03/07/2014

Steve Peace and Michael Thorsnes

Creates presumption that an individual's personally identifying information, including financial or health information, is confidential when collected for a commercial or governmental purpose. Requires collector of personally identifying information to use all reasonably available means to protect it from unauthorized disclosure. Creates presumption of harm when personally identifying information is disclosed without the subject's authorization. Permits disclosure of personally identifying information without authorization if it is publicly available from government records or there is a countervailing compelling interest in disclosure and no other reasonable way to accomplish that interest. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Unknown but potentially significant costs to state and local governments from additional or more costly lawsuits, increased court workload, data security improvements, and changes to information-sharing practices. (13-0008.) (Full Text)

1598. (13-0015) - Final Full Check - 02/24/14

Referendum to Overturn Non-Discrimination Requirements for School Programs and Activities.

Summary Date: 08/26/13 | Failed: 02/24/2014

Proponent: Gina Gleason c/o Karen England (916) 233-8769

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 law must then be approved by a majority of voters at the next statewide election to go into effect. The law would permit elementary/secondary school students to participate in sex-segregated school programs and activities, including athletic teams and competitions, and use facilities consistent with the student's gender identity. (13-0015.) (Full Text)

1602. (13-0012)

State Fees on Community Hospitals. Federal Medi-Cal Matching Funds. Initiative Constitutional Amendment.

Summary Date: 09/13/13 | Failed: 02/24/14

Thomas W. Hiltachk (916) 442-7757

Prohibits state fees on community hospitals imposed for the purpose of obtaining federal Medi-Cal matching funds unless the fee proceeds, any matching federal funds, and their earnings are used only to supplement, and not supplant, existing community hospital Medi-Cal funding. Makes exceptions for use of fee proceeds for costs of collection and administration, and use of certain amounts of fee proceeds for healthcare to children enrolled in Medi-Cal generally. Requires annual audit of funds collected. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: No fiscal impact on state and local governments given that, under current law, no fee would be in place that would be affected by the measure's requirements pertaining to certain fees imposed on hospitals. (13-0012.) (Full Text)

1601. (13-0011)

Drug and Alcohol Testing of Doctors. Medical Negligence Lawsuits. Initiative Statute.

Summary Date: 09/13/13 | Failed: 02/24/14

Robert S. Pack c/o Robin Johansen and James C. Harrison (510) 346-6200

Requires drug and alcohol testing of doctors and reporting of positive test to the California Medical Board. Requires Board to suspend doctor pending investigation of positive test and take disciplinary action if doctor was impaired while on duty. Requires health care practitioners to report any doctor suspected of drug or alcohol impairment or medical negligence. Requires health care practitioners to consult state prescription drug history database before prescribing certain controlled substances. Increases $250,000 cap on pain and suffering damages in medical negligence lawsuits to account for inflation. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: State and local government costs associated with higher medical malpractice costs, likely at least in the low tens of millions of dollars annually, potentially ranging to over one hundred million dollars annually. Potential state and local government costs associated with changes in the amount and types of health care services that, while highly uncertain, potentially range from relatively minor to hundreds of millions of dollars annually. (13-0011.) (Full Text)

1600. (13-0010)

Electricity. Initiative Statute.

Summary Date: 09/12/13 | Failed: 02/24/14

Ben Davis, Jr. (916) 833-7894 bendavis54@gmail.com

Establishes publicly-owned California Electrical Utility District to provide electric service, replacing most investor-owned utilities, such as PG&E, Southern California Edison, San Diego Gas & Electric, and Bear Valley Electric. Exempts publicly-owned electric utilities, unless they voluntarily elect to join. Requires the District be divided into 11 wards, approximately equal in population. Establishes an 11 member board of directors—one member per ward—each elected for 4-year terms. Grants the District the power to acquire property, construct facilities necessary to supply electricity, set electricity rates, impose taxes, and issue bonds. 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. (13-0010.) (Full Text)

1599. (13-0009)

Nuclear Power. Initiative Statute.

Summary Date: 09/12/13 | Failed: 02/24/14

Ben Davis, Jr. (916) 833-7894 bendavis54@gmail.com

Extends statutory preconditions, currently applicable to new operation of any nuclear powerplant, to existing Diablo Canyon plant. Before further electricity production at any plant, requires California Energy Commission to find federal government has approved technology for permanent disposal of high-level nuclear waste. For nuclear powerplants requiring reprocessing of fuel rods, requires Commission to find federal government has approved technology for nuclear fuel rod reprocessing plants. Both findings are subject to Legislature's rejection. Further requires Commission to find on case-by-case basis facilities will be available with adequate capacity to reprocess or store powerplant's fuel rods. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Potential impacts on state and local finances in the form of decreased revenues and increased costs due to possible electricity price increases and state liabilities. The magnitude of these impacts are uncertain, but could be significant, depending in part on the need for system upgrades for replacement power and whether the state is liable for investment losses. Potential avoidance of major future state and local government costs and lost revenues in the rare event of a major nuclear plant incident. (13-0009.) (Full Text)


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