Initiatives and Referenda Withdrawn or Failed to Qualify

This page contains a list of proposed initiative and referendum measures that during the last 60 days have been withdrawn by proponents or have failed to gather the required number of signatures during the circulation period. 

 

1851. (17-0055, Amdt.#1)
REQUIRES CERTAIN COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL REAL PROPERTY TO BE TAXED BASED ON FAIR-MARKET VALUE. DEDICATES PORTION OF ANY INCREASED REVENUE TO EDUCATION AND LOCAL SERVICES. INITIATIVE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT.

Summary Date: 02/20/18 | ELIGIBLE: 10/16/18 | Signatures Required: 585,407
Withdrawn: 6/23/20 
Proponents: Anthony Thigpenn, Helen Hutchison, Benjamin McBride

Taxes certain commercial and industrial real property based on fair-market value—rather than, under current law, the purchase price with limited inflation. Exempts agricultural property and certain small businesses. Dedicates portion of any increased revenue to local services and to supplement, not replace, state’s minimum-funding guarantee to schools. Provides tax exemption for $500,000 worth of tangible personal property used for business and all personal property used for certain small businesses. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Net increase in annual property tax revenues of $6.5 billion to $10.5 billion in most years, depending on the strength of real estate markets. After paying for county administrative costs and backfilling state income tax losses related to the measure, the remaining $6 billion to $10 billion would be allocated to schools (40 percent) and other local governments (60 percent). (17-0055.)

1864. (19-0003)
CHANGES REQUIREMENTS FOR TRANSFERRING PROPERTY TAX BASE TO REPLACEMENT PROPERTY. EXPANDS BUSINESS PROPERTY REASSESSMENT. INITIATIVE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT.  

Summary Date: 09/06/19 | ELIGIBLE: 04/22/20 | Signatures Required: 997,139
Withdrawn: 07/01/20 
Proponent: Alexander E. Creel

Removes the following requirements to transfer property tax base to replacement residence for homeowners over 55 or severely disabled: that replacement property be of equal or lesser value; that replacement property be in eligible county; and that transfer occur only once. Allows three such transfers. Removes location and replacement-value requirements for transfers of contaminated or disaster-destroyed property. Adjusts replacement property’s tax base, based on market value. Limits tax benefits for certain transfers between family members. Expands circumstances requiring business property reassessment. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local governments: Local governments could gain tens of millions of dollars of property tax revenue per year, likely growing over time to a few hundred million dollars per year. Schools could receive similar property tax revenue gains. Other local and state revenues each could increase by tens of millions of dollars per year. County property tax administration costs likely would increase by tens of millions of dollars per year.  (19-0003.)

1876. (19-0016)
DECRIMINALIZES PSILOCYBIN MUSHROOMS. INITIATIVE STATUTE. 

Summary Date: 11/27/19 | Circulation Deadline: 05/26/20 | Signatures Required: 623,212
Failed: 6/8/20
Proponent(s): Ryan Munevar

Decriminalizes under state law the personal possession, storage, use, cultivation, manufacturing, giving away or furnishing for personal use, or consumption of psilocybin mushrooms and the hallucinogenic chemical compounds contained in them (including psilocybin and psilocin). Applies to individuals at least 18 years of age, and individuals under 18 years of age with parental or guardian consent. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local governments: 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. (19-0016A1.)

1878. (19-0020A1)
REQUIRES ENACTMENT OF MEASURES TO REDUCE THE USE OF NON-ORGANIC FUNGICIDES, HERBICIDES, INSECTICIDES, AND FUMIGANTS. INITIATIVE STATUTE. 

Summary Date: 12/11/19 | Circulation Deadline: 06/08/20 | Signatures Required: 623,212
Failed: 6/19/20
Proponent(s): Robert Henry Cannard

Requires Governor and Legislature to enact measures to: (1) reduce by 3% annually the use of fungicides, herbicides, insecticides, and fumigants that do not conform with federal organic standards (with reduction applicable to agricultural, forestry, residential, and governmental uses); and (2) levy 0.1% assessment on non-conforming products to fund research into reducing their use. Requires research funds be distributed equally between governmental and non-governmental entities, with no more than 0.1% of total allocated to a single project. Requires annual publication of progress reports. Fiscal Impact: It is the opinion of the Legislative Analyst and Director of Fina

1881. (19-0024A1)
REQUIRES ARREST FOR SPECIFIED OFFENSES AND, IF CONVICTED, DETENTION OR INTERVENTION PROGRAMS. INITIATIVE STATUTE. 

Summary Date: 12/19/19 | Circulation Deadline: 06/16/20 | Signatures Required: 623,212
Failed: 6/29/20
Proponent(s): Mike Gatto

Requires arrest and detention for pretrial risk assessment when officer has probable cause that arrestee committed specified offenses, such as disorderly conduct and drug possession. Establishes specialized courts in counties with populations over 100,000 to determine if economic, substance abuse, or mental health issues were contributing factors in offense; if so, requires referrals to social-safety-net assistance or incarceration for drug treatment or mental health care. Amends Mental Health Services Act to utilize existing funding for such courts and programs. Establishes rules for expunging sentences for specified offenses. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local governments: Increased criminal justice system costs, particularly for courts, substance use disorder treatment, and mental health treatment, which could be in the hundreds of millions of dollars annually. Some or all of these costs would be funded by a shift of about $860 million in existing state revenues. Decreased funding of about $860 million for certain mental health programs. State and local governments could face ongoing cost to replace this funding. (19-0024A1.)

1884. (19-0027A1)
DECRIMINALIZES PSILOCYBIN MUSHROOMS. AUTHORIZES DISMISSAL OF PRIOR PSILOCYBIN-RELATED CONVICTIONS. INITIATIVE STATUTE. 

Summary Date: 01/08/20 | Circulation Deadline: 07/06/20 | Signatures Required: 623,212
Failed: 07/24/20
Proponent(s): Ryan Munevar

Decriminalizes under state law the cultivation, manufacture, processing, production of edible products and extracts, distribution, transportation, possession, storage, consumption, and retail sale of psilocybin mushrooms and the hallucinogenic chemical compounds contained in them. Applies to individuals at least 18 years of age, and to individuals under 18 years of age as prescribed by a doctor. Authorizes dismissal, resentencing, and destruction of records for prior psilocybin-related arrests and convictions. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local governments: One-time state and local court and law enforcement costs in the tens of millions of dollars primarily related to the identification and destruction of arrest and conviction records for psilocybin-related crimes. 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 psilocybin offenders. Annual state costs to regulate psilocybin businesses, ranging from minimal to the tens of millions of dollars. Some or all of these costs could eventually be partially or fully offset by fee revenue. Potential increase in state and local tax revenues, not likely to exceed a couple million dollars annually. (19-0027A1.)