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The Echo

California Lutheran University's Student Newspaper Since 1961

The Echo

    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 โ€œshaping up for 2018.โ€


    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 โ€œgut and amendโ€ 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.

    โ€œI think itโ€™s going to take a lot to overcome the money that lobbyists spread out across the legislature,โ€ 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 โ€œpretty sloppy.โ€

    On Proposition 58

    โ€œWe got rid of it and now itโ€™s back in, and I think that is a direct result of the state understanding that the demographics of the state have changed,โ€ Cal Lutheran polit- ical science professor Haco Hoang said.

    On Proposition 59

    โ€œIt doesnโ€™t really accomplish much,โ€ 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

    โ€œThe tide seems to be turning culturally about legalization,โ€ 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 โ€œaffirmed our steadfastness for the harshest penalty,โ€ 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