California Propositions: What Affects You

In California, 11 new propositions have passed out of 16 total, legalizing recreational marijuana, reforming the death penalty and changing criminal sentencing, among other laws.

Senate race – 62.6% Kamala Harris, 37.4% Loretta Sanchez

Senator Barbara Boxer is retiring, and State Attorney-General Harris will now hold the second seat. This is the first statewide race where the top two candidates from the primary moved on. Herbert Gooch, political science professor at California Lutheran University said, although Sanchez did not win, she is likely “shaping up for 2018.”


Proposition 51

Grants bonds to fund construction in K-12 schools and colleges

$9 billion will be issued in bonds for new construction and renovations in

public schools at an estimated total cost of $17.6 billion because of interest.

PASSED 54% 46%


Proposition 52

Medi-Cal hospital fees

Private hospital fees used to fund Medi-Cal, uninsured patients and child

health care are extended indefinitely.

PASSED 70% 30%


Proposition 53

Revenue on bonds

This bill would have required voter approval of any revenue bonds issued

or sold by the state over $2 billion.

FAILED 54% 46%


Proposition 54

On legislative procedures

State legislative bills and changes to them will now have to be released 72 hours before voting occurs. State leg-

islature meetings will also be recorded and published online.

PASSED 64% 36%


Proposition 55

Tax extensions

The 2012 tax increases on individ- uals making over $250,000 are now

extended for twelve years.

PASSED 62% 38%


Proposition 56

Raising cigarette tax to $2 per pack

The California Voter Guide said this bill is expected to raise $1 billion to $1.4

billion, to be primarily spent on health care for low-income individuals.

PASSED 63% 37%


Proposition 57

On criminal sentences and juvenile crime proceedings

Judges will now be able to deter- mine if a minor is to be tried as an adult. Nonviolent offenders will be

able to receive earlier parole.

PASSED 64% 36%


Proposition 58

English proficiency and multilingual education

Public schools will be required to ensure English acquisition and will have

the freedom to choose what programs they will use.

PASSED 73% 27%


Proposition 59

Overturn of Citizens United Act Advisory Question

Asks representatives to pass a constitutional amendment overturning

ruling with certain limits on political spending by corporations and unions.

PASSED 52% 48%


Proposition 60

Requires adult film actors to wear condoms

This would have required actors to wear condoms and would have required

producers to pay for vaccines, medical testing and examinations.

FAILED 54% 46%


Proposition 61

California Drug Price Relief Act

This would have prohibited states from buying prescription medications at any price higher than what Veterans

Affairs pays.

FAILED 54% 46%


Proposition 62

Repeals the death penalty

Life without parole would have become the highest sentence. Because

Proposition 62 received less votes, Proposition 66 reforming capital pun- ishment passed.

FAILED 54% 46%


Proposition 63

Firearms and ammunition

This bill requires background checks for buying ammunition and prohibits

possession of large-capacity magazines.

PASSED 63% 37%


Proposition 64

Legalization of marijuana

Allows the use, sale and consumption of recreational marijuana for adults over

age 21. The drug will now be treated in the same manner as alcohol in criminal proce- dures with a 15 percent tax.

PASSED 56% 44%


Proposition 65

Charge for carry out bags

Money collected in grocery stores through the sale of bags would have

been redirected to environmental proj- ects. Proposition 66 issuing a ban on single-use plastic bags received more

FAILED votes. 55% 45%


Proposition 67

Ban on single-use plastic bags and drops the price of reusable bags

Stores will no longer be permitted to provide single-use plastic bags, and

customers will now have to pay 10 cents for any carry-out bag.

PASSED 52% 48%



Campus Thoughts

On Proposition 54

This bill is aimed at eliminating “gut and amend” practices where legislators form a new bill to be vot- ed upon before people have time to read the changes, according to the California GOP website.

“I think it’s going to take a lot to overcome the money that lobbyists spread out across the legislature,” said California Lutheran University political science professor Gregory Freeland.

On Proposition 57

The bill does not provide a definition for nonviolent offend- ers. Gooch said the previous rules regarding nonviolent crimes have been “pretty sloppy.”

On Proposition 58

“We got rid of it and now it’s back in, and I think that is a direct result of the state understanding that the demographics of the state have changed,” Cal Lutheran polit- ical science professor Haco Hoang said.

On Proposition 59

“It doesn’t really accomplish much,” Gooch said. Hoang said she is not sure it will create any safeguards against the influence of money.

On Proposition 61

Freeland and Gooch both said they wanted this to pass, but knew pharmaceuticals invested large sums of money fighting it.

On Proposition 64

“The tide seems to be turning culturally about legalization,” Ho- ang said. She also said the biggest issue will be how it is regulated.

On Proposition 66

This year, Californians voted for more leniency with certain crimes but “affirmed our steadfastness for the harshest penalty,” Hoang said.


**All percentages were provided by the California Secretary of State website as of 6:30 p.m., Nov. 10, 2016, and may be subject to change.

Dakota Allen
Staff Writer