The Elections – California Propositions Review

The Elections – California Propositions Review


Photo Credit : Ray Wong.

Photo Credit : Ray Wong.

This election, American citizens will have the opportunity to vote for the next President of the United States. California residents will also be voting on over a dozen propositions that will have a huge impact on the state. In case some Pacific students do not have time to research the propositions up for election, here is a brief summary that will give you an idea on what you will be voting for or against.

Prop. 51 – Voting “Yes” issues $9 Billion in bonds to support the improvement and construction of California K-12 schools and community colleges. By voting “No”, $9 billion will not be issued.

Prop. 52 – This initiative will require voter approval in changing the use of fees from hospitals used to draw matching federal money and fund the services of Medi-Cal, as well as supporting the hospital fee program beyond Jan. 1, 2018 and will require a two-thirds majority vote from the California Legislature to end the program.By voting “No” on Prop. 52, will allow the hospital fee program end on Jan. 1, and permit the California Legislature to change the hospital fee program with a majority vote.

Prop. 53 – Supporting Prop. 53 means that the state of California would need the approval of voters before issuing $2 billion in public infrastructure bonds. These bonds would require an increase in taxes and fees to repay the bonds. A “No” vote opposes voter approval before the state issues the $2 billion bonds.

Prop. 54 – “Yes” is in support of prohibiting the legislature from passing any bill unless it has been in print and published online for at least 72 hours before the vote. “No” means that the legislature can pass any bill without having it printed or posted online for 72 hours.

Prop. 55 – Supports extending the personal income tax increases on incomes over $250 thousand approved in 2012 for 12 years in order to fund education and healthcare, while a “No would oppose the personal income tax increases and allowing the tax to expire in the year 2019.

Prop. 56 – Voting “Yes” is a vote in favor of increasing the cigarette tax to $2 with equivalent increases on electronic cigarettes and other tobacco products. Voting “No” is a vote against increasing the tax on cigarettes.

Prop. 57 – Vote “Yes” if you are in support of both increasing good behavior opportunities and parole for felons convicted of nonviolent crimes. A “Yes” will also allow judges, rather than prosecutors, to decide whether to try certain juveniles as adults in court. Voting “No” is an opposition to this initiative.

Prop. 58 – Support non-English languages to be used in public educational instruction? Vote “Yes” on 58. Would you like to keep non-English languages from being used in public schools? Vote “No” on 58.

Prop. 59 – A “Yes” on 59 is supporting advising California’s elected officials to use their powers and influence to overturn the decision of Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission (political contributions are protected as “free speech” under the first amendment), likely through an amendment in the US Constitution. A “No” on 59 opposes elected officials from attempting to overturn the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision.

Prop. 60 – If you think that condoms and other protective measures should be required during the filming of pornographic films, and that pornography producers pay for certain health check-ups and requirements, vote “Yes” on 60. Vote “No” is you oppose these regulations and measures.

Prop. 61 – Supports regulating the price of drugs by making it a requirement that state agencies pay no more than the US Department of Veteran Affairs pays for prescription drugs. If you oppose this measure, Vote “No” on 61.

Prop. 62 – Those who are against the death penalty in California will probably want to vote “Yes” on Prop. 62, making life imprisonment without the possibility of parole the maximum punishment. Vote “No” if you are against repealing the death penalty in California.

Prop. 63 – Voting “Yes” on Prop. 63 prohibits the possession of large-capacity ammunition magazines and will require certain individuals to pass background checks before they purchase ammunition, while voting “No” opposes this ban and these specific background checks.

Prop. 64 – Legalizes marijuana for those who are 21 years and older while a  “No” on Prop. 64 opposes the legalization of marijuana.

Prop. 65 – Redirects money from the sale of carry-out plastic grocery bags to a special fund directed by the Wildlife Conservation Board. A “No” vote on 65 is against this redirection of money.

Prop. 66 – Changes the current  procedures governing state court appeals and petitions that challenge death penalty convictions and sentences, while a “No” vote is in favor of keeping the current system and procedures.

Prop. 67 – Vote “Yes” if you are in favor of upholding a ban on plastic grocery bags and “No” if you are in support of overturning the ban.

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