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This year’s election cycle includes nine statewide initiatives on the California ballot, many of which have indirect effects on the work of sexual violence victims and their advocates. CALCASA has not taken a formal position on any of the initiatives, however there are some that we believe our members should be aware of. Below you will find the list of initiatives related to the work of CALCASA members. Clicking on the description of the propositions will take you to the non-partisan Legislative Analysts Office summary.
Remember to vote Tuesday November 2.
REGISTER TO VOTE BY OCTOBER 18
CALCASA wants to remind its members and advocates that you must register to vote before October 18 to participate in the November election. To pick up a voter registration form please visit your local library, county election office, post office, or https://www.sos.ca.gov/nvrc/fedform/
You must reregister to vote if you have changed your name, address, and/or political affiliation.
Proposition 19
Changes California Law to Legalize Marijuana and Allow It to Be Regulated and Taxed

The proposed initiative would to the following if enacted:

  • Legalize the possession and cultivation of limited amounts of marijuana for personal use by individuals age 21 or older
  • Authorize various commercial marijuana-related activities under certain conditions.

This measure is estimated to save state and local correctional operations tens of millions of dollars annually. It is also estimated to reduce state and local costs of law enforcement of marijuana-related offenses. State and local governments would most likely redirect their resources to other law enforcement and court activities. Could results in an increase of unknown health costs as a result of the increase in marijuana consumption.
State and local governments could collect hundreds of millions of dollars annually in additional revenues. However, marijuana-related activities are still considered illegal by the federal government, which could lead to legal uncertainty and patch-work enforcement.
Proposition 20
Redistricting of Congressional Districts

The proposed initiative would do the following if enacted:

  • Amend the State Constitution to change U.S. House of Representative redistricting process. Would remove the authority from the legislature and give the authority to the Citizens Redistricting Commission.
  • Allow Commission to draw districts using the authority given in Proposition 11 (2008).

This measure’s cost is considered not to be significant.
Districts drawn by the Citizens Redistricting Commission may change voting populations and make elections more competitive in certain parts of the state. This is one of two redistricting initiatives on the November ballot.
Proposition 25
Changes Legislative Vote Requirement to Pass a Budget from Two-Thirds to a Simple Majority. Retains Two-Thirds Vote Requirement for Taxes
The proposed initiative would do the following if enacted:

  • Lower legislative vote requirement for the budget bill and related legislation. Would reduce the current 2/3rd vote requirement to pass a budget to a majority (50 percent plus one). This reduced threshold is also applicable to trailer bills that would appropriate funds.
  • Two-thirds vote would still be required by the Legislature to override any veto of the Governor
  • Prohibit the Legislature from collecting any salary or reimbursements for travel or living expenses until the day the budget is presented to the Governor.

This measure would result in budgets being easier to approve. A lower voting requirement means a majority political party could approve a budget bill without the support of any members of the minority party. Currently, some members of the minority party must support a budget to reach the two-thirds vote requirement.
Proposition 26
Increases Legislative Vote Requirement to Two-Thirds for State Levies and Charges. Imposes Additional Requirement for Voters to Approve Local Levies and Charges with Limited Exceptions

The proposed initiative would do the following if enacted:

  • Expand the definition of a tax and a tax increase so that more proposals would require approval by two-thirds of the Legislature or by local voters

This measure would make it difficult for state and local governments to pass laws that raise revenues. This change would affect many environmental, health, and other regulatory fees as well as some business assessments and other levies. Potentially reduce government revenues and spending statewide by up to billions of dollars annually.
Proposition 27
Eliminates State Commission on Redistricting. Consolidates Authority for Redistricting with Elected Representatives

The proposed initiative would do the following if enacted:

  • Return authority to draw district boundaries for the State Assembly, State Senate, and Board of Equalization to the Legislature.
  • Eliminate the Citizens Redistricting Commission created by Proposition 11.
  • Enacts new requirements and deletes existing requirements for redistricting process.

This measure includes cost-controls that would reduce the future costs of redistricting by a few million dollars every ten years compared to the process adopted by the Citizens Redistricting Commission.