California Ballot Initiatives, November 2016

Below are the 17 propositions that will appear on the California November ballot. Positions shown are those of the California Democratic Party; Find more info at Sec. of State website and at Ballotpedia Cal. Initiatives page. Check out League of Women Voters California analysis with “pros” and “cons” at Several forums on the propositions are scheduled throughout the county and you can find them listed at or at

1) YES 51 Title: Public Education Facilities Bond Initiative
Subject: Education – Authorizes the issuance and sale of $9 billion in bonds for education and schools.
2) YES 52 Title: Medi-Cal Hospital Reimbursement Initiative
Subject: Healthcare – Requires voter approval of changes to the hospital fee program.
3) NO 53 Title: Public Vote on Bonds Initiative
Subject: Elections and campaigns – Requires voter approval for projects that cost more than $2 billion funded by revenue bonds
4) NO 54 (Revised from YES to NO) Title: Legislature Transparency Amendment
Subject: Government accountability – Prohibits legislature from passing any bill until it has been in print and published on the Internet for 72 hours prior to the vote.
5) YES 55 Title: Tax Extension to Fund Education and Healthcare Initiative
Subject: Taxes – Extends the temporary personal income tax increases on incomes over $250,000 implemented by Proposition 30.
6) YES 56 Title: Healthcare, Research and Prevention Tobacco Tax Amendment
Subject: Tobacco Increases the cigarette tax to $2.00 per pack.
7) YES 57 Title: Parole, Early Release and Juvenile Trial Reform Initiative
Subject: Civil and criminal trials – Increases parole chances for felons convicted of non-violent crimes and give them more opportunities to earn credits for good behavior.
8) YES 58 Title: Multilingual Education Act
Subject: Education – Repeals Prop 227 of 1998, thus allowing for bilingual education in public schools.
9) YES 59 Title: Overturn of Citizens United Act Advisory Question
Subject: Campaign finance and Federal issues- Indicates whether voters approve of California State Legislators using what influence they have over federal issues to overturn Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission and “to make clear that corporations should not have the same constitutional rights as human beings.”
10) NO 60 Title: Condoms in Pornographic Films Initiative
Subject: Adult entertainment – Requires the use of condoms in all pornographic films featuring sexual intercourse produced in California.
11) NO POSITION 61 Title: Drug Price Relief Act Initiative
Subject: Healthcare – Prohibits state agencies from paying more for a prescription drug than the lowest price paid for the same drug by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.
12) YES 62 Title: Death Penalty Repeal
Subject: Death penalty- Repeals the death penalty in the state of California.
13) YES 63 Title: “Safety for All” Gun Control Initiative
Subject: Firearms – Prohibits possession of large capacity ammunition magazines and requires individuals to pass a background check and receive authorization from the Department of Justice in order to purchase ammunition.
14) YES 64 Title: Control, Regulate and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Initiative
Subject: Marijuana – Legalizes marijuana and hemp under state law and enacts certain sales
15) NO POSITION 65 (Revised from NO to NO POSITION)
Title: Environmental Fee Protection” Initiative-Subject: Environment
Redirects money collected from the sale of grocery and retail carry-out bags to a special fund administered by the Wildlife Conservation Board. This one needs discussion.
16) NO 66 Title: “Death Penalty Reform and Savings” Initiative
Subject: Death penalty – Changes procedures governing state court appeals and petitions challenging death penalty convictions and sentences.
17) YES 67 Title: Plastic Bag Ban Referendum
Subject: Business regulation – Ratifies SB 270, thus prohibiting plastic single-use carryout bags.


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