The Nov. 8 election is upon us, and Californians are already voting in record numbers. They face 17 ballot measures – tax increases, condom requirements, ammunition controls and marijuana legalization among them.
What to do?
Our complete voter guide is available here. But below you can find direct links to a brief rundown of what each measure does, what it costs and who’s taken a position on it and why. We’ve also included links to some of The Sacramento Bee’s coverage of each measure. Want to go deeper into who’s writing checks for and against each measure? Check out the Money Trail for up-to-date campaign finance information. If you’re interested in what The Bee’s Editorial Board has recommended on all of the measures, look here.
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Proposition 51 – School construction bonds
Proposition 52 – Hospital fees
Proposition 53 – Revenue bond restrictions
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Proposition 54 – Legislative transparency
Proposition 55 – Extend income tax on high earners
Proposition 56 – Tobacco taxes
Proposition 57 – Criminal justice
Proposition 58 – Bilingual education
Proposition 59 – Citizens United campaign finance
Proposition 60 – Requires condoms in porn
The ballot in November will ask the people of California if the state should require adult film performers to wear condoms during on-camera sexual intercourse. Implications to safety, healthcare, and the economy are all up for debate as the porn industry is seeing thinning profit-margins and a seemingly growing demand. Find out what you need to know before election day now. Cristina Rayas / McClatchy & The Sacramento Bee
Proposition 61 – State drug price cap
Proposition 62 – Death penalty repeal
There are two competing measures about the death penalty: Proposition 62 and Proposition 66. Learn more about them and who supports which measure. Meta Viers/McClatchy for Sacramento Bee
Proposition 63 – Gun, ammunition control
Proposition 64 – Marijuana legalization
California was the first state to allow medical marijuana. Now, two decades later, voters are expected to be asked whether to legalize recreational use of the drug. The legalization measure headed for the statewide November ballot is the product of months of negotiations between drug-law reformers, growers and distributors, famous financiers and politicians. Here’s a primer. Meta ViersMcClatchy
Proposition 65 – Plastic bags sale profits
Will Golden State shoppers ditch plastic bags? Before the statewide vote, brush up on the five things you should know about the plastic bag ban in California. Learn who is on both sides of the issue impacting consumers, manufacturers, and the environment. Cristina Rayas McClatchy and The Sacramento Bee
Proposition 66 – Death penalty procedures
Proposition 67 – Plastic bag ban referendum
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