Happy Election Day! If you live in the state of California, you are probably aware of at least some propositions in the long list of proposed measures. These propositions are important and may affect you drastically if passed or rejected. It is vital that you understand the pros and cons of each proposed measure, in order to make an educated vote. We have compiled a quick, easy, and objective guide to inform you about the propositions and help you decide on your stance. It is important to get out and vote to help shape the future of our community!
Proposition 51: California would allocate $9 billion in general obligation bonds for school construction projects. The bonds will be paid back by tax-payers with added interest. The plan of this proposition is to give $7 billion to public schools and $2 billion to community colleges.
Proposition 52: Legislators will not be able to divert funds away from Medi-Cal, ensuring that Medi-Cal and hospitals receive the money. This issue is widely supported and faces no real opposition.
Proposition 53: This propositions requires any public infrastructure greater than $2 billion to be approved by the voters. This proposition was invented to prevent massive state-wide debt. This measure places an end on proposed infrastructure projects, such as the bullet train from Los Angeles to San Francisco.
Proposition 54: This measure requires that bills be put on the internet and made public, prior to voting. This bill has the intention to prevent the last-minute altering of bills. Any alteration to the bill would require an additional 72 hours of publicity before voting. Opposition suggests that this bill will increase lobbying.
Proposition 55: This proposition aims to extend an income tax for high income earners. It is projected that $4-9 billion will be spent on schools, community colleges, Medi-Cal, and other reserves.
Proposition 56: Californians who purchase tobacco or cigarettes (including e-cigs) will be taxed an additional $2 for each product purchased. The goal of this measure it to convince people to use less of the product. The collected tax will go to insurance companies and special interests. Opposition to this measure states that the tax should go to preventative programs.
Proposition 57: This measure makes it easier for non-violent offenders to be granted parole. Inmates serving for nonviolent crimes will be eligible to earn credits for good behavior, which will be used to shorten sentences. Also, judges must approve in a separate trial if juveniles will be tried as adults.
Proposition 58: This proposition gives local control on how to teach new English learners. Moreover, local communities will have the power to decide on the approach, such as English-immersions, transition bilingual, or dual-immersion.
Proposition 59: This measure will notify the California government about the people’s opinion on Citizens United. Although this proposition has no legal implications, voting YES on prop 59 would transmit a message to state legislature that Citizens United should not be overturned. On the other hand, voting NO would deeply hurt the movement.
Proposition 60: Adult Stars would be required to wear protection during intercourse scenes. This measure’s intent is to provide greater protection against HIV and other STIs.
Proposition 61: This measure aims to lower drug prices for state agencies. Since the response from manufactures cannot be foreseen, this measure is not 100% clear.
Proposition 62: The goal of this measure is to repeal the death penalty. This measure will replace the death penalty with life sentences without parole.
Proposition 63: This propositions aims to create stricter checks on ammunition (ammo). This proposition will require background checks before the purchase of ammo. The sale of ammo without a permit will be deemed a misdemeanor. Online purchases will be delivered to a licensed dealer.
Proposition 64: This propositions calls for the recreations legalization of marijuana for people 21 years and over. This measure will also allow six plants to be grown in a private home.
Proposition 65: The goal of this proposition is to redirect the bag fees to an environmental fund, such as environmental protection, enhancement fun, or wildlife conservation, instead of having the fees returned to the stores (see prop 67).
Proposition 66: The goal of this measure is to quicken the death penalty. This measure will speed up the appeals process and allow the transfer of death row inmates among prisons.
Proposition 67: This measure would ban plastic bags. In addition, it will grant the grocer the option of using the 10 cent bag fee to offset the cost of providing paper or reusable bags.
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