Kurt Strazdins
Kurt Strazdins

California Elections

What you need to know about California’s 17 ballot measures

October 21, 2016 02:36 PM

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

What it does, who’s pushing it and who’s fighting it

State’s role in building schools at issue in battle over Prop. 51

Proposition 52 – Hospital fees

What it does, who’s pushing it and who’s fighting it

Ad by hospital fee proponents is truthful

Proposition 53 – Revenue bond restrictions

What it does, who’s pushing it and who’s fighting it

This wealthy farmer is taking on Sacramento: ‘God help you if you disagree with him’

Anti-Prop. 53 campaign overplays disaster card in TV ad

Proposition 54 – Legislative transparency

What it does, who’s pushing it and who’s fighting it

Proposition 55 – Extend income tax on high earners

What it does, who’s pushing it and who’s fighting it

Proposition 55 would extend ‘temporary’ tax for 12 years

Proposition 56 – Tobacco taxes

What it does, who’s pushing it and who’s fighting it

Medi-Cal funding draws broad coalition to tobacco tax measure

Tobacco companies mislead voters in Prop. 56 ads on school funding

Pro-tobacco tax ad mostly rings true

Proposition 57 – Criminal justice

What it does, who’s pushing it and who’s fighting it

Gov. Jerry Brown contemplates second chances in backing prison-reform measure

Marc Klaas: Victims ‘kneecapped’ by Jerry Brown

Proposition 58 – Bilingual education

What it does, who’s pushing it and who’s fighting it

Bilingual education back on ballot 18 years after voters rejected it

Proposition 59 – Citizens United campaign finance

What it does, who’s pushing it and who’s fighting it

Proposition 60 – Requires condoms in porn

What it does, who’s pushing it and who’s fighting it

Spending big on sex and drug initiatives, AIDS activist Michael Weinstein says he ‘can’t lose’

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

What it does, who’s pushing it and who’s fighting it

Spending big on sex and drug initiatives, AIDS activist Michael Weinstein says he ‘can’t lose’

Proposition 62 – Death penalty repeal

What it does, who’s pushing it and who’s fighting it

Sentenced to die? Depends on the county in California

Death penalty opponents exaggerate cost of executions in new ad

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

What it does, who’s pushing it and who’s fighting it

California’s gun control initiative would toughen already-strict laws

Proposition 64 – Marijuana legalization

What it does, who’s pushing it and who’s fighting it

What stoned driving looks like and how California might regulate it

When pot is legal, how do you convince teens to abstain?

Ad against marijuana legalization makes accurate claims

Ad for legalizing marijuana sticks to the facts

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

What it does, who’s pushing it and who’s fighting it

Environmental nuisance or grocery-store necessity? California voters to decide fate of plastic bags

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

What it does, who’s pushing it and who’s fighting it

Sentenced to die? Depends on the county in California

Proposition 67 – Plastic bag ban referendum

What it does, who’s pushing it and who’s fighting it

Environmental nuisance or grocery-store necessity? California voters to decide fate of plastic bags

Sacramento Bee Capitol Bureau: 916-321-1199, @CapitolAlert