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.

  

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
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.)

1885. (19-0028A1)
REQUIRES STATE REGULATIONS TO REDUCE PLASTIC WASTE, TAX PRODUCERS OF SINGLE-USE PLASTICS, AND FUND RECYCLING AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAMS. INITIATIVE STATUTE.

Summary Date: 01/08/20 | Circulation Deadline: 07/06/20* | Signatures Required: 623,212
*Circulation deadline extended per Court Order 07/02/2020(PDF)
Proponent(s): Michael J. Sangiacomo, Caryl Hart, and Linda Escalante | Official Top Funders List

Requires CalRecycle to adopt regulations reducing plastic waste, including to: (1) require that single-use plastic packaging, containers, and utensils be reusable, recyclable, or compostable, and to reduce such waste by 25%, by 2030; (2) prohibit polystyrene container use by food vendors; and (3) tax producers of single-use plastic packaging, containers, or utensils by January 1, 2022, and allocate revenues for recycling and environmental programs, including local water supply protection. Prohibits Legislature from reducing funding to specified state environmental agencies below 2019 levels. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local governments: State revenue from new tax on single-use plastic packaging and foodware likely in the range of a few billion dollars annually. Revenues would be used to administer and implement programs intended to reduce waste, increase recycling, and restore habitats. Unknown net effect on local governments. There would likely be increased costs for waste collecting and sorting which might be partially or fully offset by new tax revenue, payments from producers to support recycling, or lower costs associated with a reduction in total plastic waste collected. (19-0028A1.)

1886. (19-0029A1)
AUTHORIZES NEW TYPES OF GAMBLING. INITIATIVE CONSTITUTIONAL AND STATUTORY AMENDMENT.

Summary Date: 01/21/20 | Circulation Deadline: 07/20/20* | Signatures Required: 997,139
*Circulation deadline extended per Court Order 07/02/2020(PDF)
Proponent(s): Edwin "Thorpe" Romero, Jeff L. Grubbe, Anthony Roberts, Mark Macarro | Official Top Funders List

Allows federally recognized Native American tribes to operate roulette, dice games, and sports wagering on tribal lands, subject to compacts negotiated by the Governor and ratified by the Legislature. Beginning in 2022, allows on-site sports wagering at only privately operated horse-racing tracks in four specified counties for persons 21 years or older. Imposes 10% tax on sports-wagering profits at horse-racing tracks; directs portion of revenues to enforcement and problem-gambling programs. Prohibits marketing of sports wagering to persons under 21. Authorizes private lawsuits to enforce other gambling laws. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local governments: Increased state revenues, potentially reaching the tens of millions of dollars annually, from payments made by facilities offering sports wagering and new civil penalties authorized by this measure. Some portion of these revenues would reflect a shift from other existing state and local revenues. Increased state regulatory costs, potentially reaching the low tens of millions of dollars annually. Some or all of these costs would be offset by the increased revenue or reimbursements to the state. Increased state enforcement costs, not likely to exceed several million dollars annually, related to a new civil enforcement tool for enforcing certain gaming laws. (19-0029A1.)

1887. (19-0030A1)
AUTHORIZES STATE REGULATION OF KIDNEY DIALYSIS CLINICS. INITIATIVE STATUTE.

Summary Date: 01/21/20 | Circulation Deadline: 07/20/20 | Signatures Required: 623,212
Proponent(s): Thomas W. Hiltachk

Requires kidney dialysis clinics to report dialysis-related infection data to state and federal governments; requires Department of Public Health to conform state reporting, form, and schedule requirements to existing requirements under federal law. Requires written notice to State and patients at least 60 days before a clinic’s permanent closure. Prohibits clinics from discriminating against patients based on the source of payment for care. Replicates existing federal law requiring clinics to have a medical director who is a licensed physician. Fiscal Impact: It is the opinion of the Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance that the measure would have no significant fiscal effect on state and local governments. (19-0030A1.)

1888. (19-0031)
PROHIBITS SALE OR REGISTRATION OF GAS-ONLY AND DIESEL-ONLY PASSENGER VEHICLES AND LIGHT TRUCKS MANUFACTURED AFTER 2020. INITIATIVE STATUTE.

Summary Date: 01/29/20 | Circulation Deadline: 07/27/20 | Signatures Required: 623,212
Proponent(s): John Hankey

Prohibits the sale or registration, in the State of California, of gasoline-only and diesel-only passenger vehicles and light trucks, if such vehicles were manufactured after 2020. Limits the sale or registration of passenger vehicles and light trucks to: (1) vehicles manufactured before 2020; and (2) plug-in hybrid and all-electric vehicles manufactured after 2020. Authorizes the California Air Resources Board to grant reasonable exemptions to sale and registration prohibitions. Fiscal Impact: It is the opinion of the Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance that the measure could result in a substantial net change in state and local finances. (19-0031.)

1889. (19-0032)
REPLACES ALL MEMBERS OF CALIFORNIA AIR RESOURCES BOARD AND REALLOCATES ITS FUNDING IF CERTAIN AIR QUALITY STANDARDS ARE NOT MET. INITIATIVE STATUTE.

Summary Date: 02/10/20 | Circulation Deadline: 08/10/20 | Signatures Required: 623,212
Proponent(s): Adolfo Ramos

If certain air quality standards are not met by July 1, 2023, the appointments of all California Air Resources Board members will terminate, twelve new members will be appointed by local air pollution control district boards, and all of the Board’s funds and revenues will be reallocated to local air pollution control districts for programs designed to achieve immediate air quality improvements. Eliminates two nonvoting Board member positions; requires twelve voting members be appointed by local air pollution control districts, rather than by the Governor. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local governments: If certain air quality standards are not met, eliminates all state funding for CARB – $1.4 billion currently – for an unknown period of time; shifts some or all of this funding to local air districts. Potential loss of billions of federal dollars annually for state and local transportation projects for an unknown period of time. (19-0032.)

1890. (19-0033)
ALLOWS FOR JURY TRIALS IN CHILD-CUSTODY AND DEPENDENT-CHILD DETERMINATIONS. INITIATIVE STATUTE.

Summary Date: 03/04/20 | Circulation Deadline: 08/31/20 | Signatures Required: 623,212
Proponent(s): Wylmina Hettinga, Stephen D. Konnoff

Gives parties in child-custody matters the right to demand that a jury, rather than a judge, determine who receives legal custody of the child. Prohibits the judge from rejecting a jury’s joint-child-custody decision. Provides that findings in dependent-child proceedings, in which a juvenile may be declared a dependent of the court, can be made by a judge or jury. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local governments: 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 and juvenile dependency jurisdictional hearings. Potential ongoing increase in county costs that could reach the low millions of dollars annually related to juvenile dependency jurisdictional cases — some or all of which could be shifted to the state. (19-0033.)

 

 

*Elections Code section 9034 requires that once proponent(s) of a proposed initiative measure have gathered 25% of the number of signatures required (currently 155,803 for an initiative statute and 249,352 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.