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2008 Initiative Update


Initiative Update as of February 8, 2008

Changes since the last update:

  • 1324. (07-0097, Amdt. #3S) Criminal Justice System. Victims' Rights. Constitutional Amendment and Statute. ADDED to Initiatives in Circulation.

  • 1325. (07-0100, Amdt. #1NS) Criminal Justice System. Victims' Rights. Parole. Constitutional Amendment and Statute. ADDED to Initiatives in Circulation.

  • 1264. (07-0026) Marriage. Elimination of Domestic Partnership Rights. Constitutional Amendment. FAILED to Qualify.

    Changes since the February 6, 2008 update are marked with the New button below.

    Past Updates:

     02/06/08  01/31/08  01/30/08  01/25/08  01/23/08  01/17/08

Qualified for 2008 State Primary: 2 - Propositions qualified for the June 3, 2008 Statewide Direct Primary Election ballot
Qualified for 2008 General: 1 - Proposition qualified for the November 4, 2008 General Election ballot
Raw Count: 1 - Initiative pending raw count of signatures
Signature Verification : 1 - Initiative pending signature verification
Failed: 5 - Initiatives failed to qualify
Withdrawn: 2 - Initiatives withdrawn
Circulating: 54 - Initiatives and Referenda in circulation
Attorney General: 13 - Initiatives pending at the Attorney General's Office

The full texts of the initiatives listed on this page are available on the Attorney General's website at http://ag.ca.gov/initiatives/activeindex.php.

The complete Ballot Pamphlets for current and previous elections are online. They include the full text of the ballot propositions.

University of California Hastings College of the Law maintains a comprehensive, searchable database of information on California ballot initiatives from 1911 to the present. The database contains the full text of the initiatives, accompanying material relating to their filing & qualification, related legal and legislative history, and digital images of pertinent documents. To go to the California Ballot Initiatives Database, click the link below:

University of California Hastings College of the Law also maintains a comprehensive, searchable database of California ballot measures from 1911 to the present. The Hastings site also offers PDF versions of ballot pamphlets from 1911 to the present. To go to the California Ballot Propositions Database, click the link below:


Ballot measures that have qualified are listed below. In addition, you will find a list of initiatives that are currently circulating for possible placement on the next ballot.

California uses the direct initiative process, which enables voters to bypass the Legislature and have an issue of concern put directly on the ballot for voter approval or rejection. There are two types of initiatives that can be placed on the ballot: 1) statute revision, which requires signatures equal to five percent of the total votes cast for Governor in the preceding gubernatorial election, and 2) constitutional amendment, which requires signatures equal to eight percent of the Governor's total vote in the preceding gubernatorial election.

As new initiatives enter circulation or qualify for an election ballot, the Secretary of State's office will issue initiative status updates.

Suggested Initiative Deadlines

Contact the Elections Division at (916) 657-2166 for further information.


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Propositions that are on the
June 3, 2008 Statewide Direct Primary Election Ballot
Initiative Constitutional Amendment
Proposition 98

1248. Government Acquisition, Regulation of Private Property. Constitutional Amendment.

Proponents: Doug Mosebar, Jon Coupal and Jim Nielsen (916) 444-9950

Bars state and local governments from condemning or damaging private property for private uses. Prohibits rent control and similar measures. Prohibits deference to government in property rights cases. Defines “just compensation.” Requires an award of attorneys fees and costs if a property owner obtains a judgment for more than the amount offered by the government. Requires government to offer to original owner of condemned property the right to repurchase property at condemned price when property is put to substantially different use than was publicly stated. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Increased costs to many governments due to the measure’s restrictions. The fiscal effect on most governments probably would not be significant. (Initiative 07-0015.) (Full Text)

Initiative Constitutional Amendment
Proposition 99


1251. Eminent Domain. Acquisition of Owner-Occupied Residence. Constitutional Amendment.

Proponents: Christopher K. McKenzie, Susan Smartt and Kenneth Willis c/o Steve Lucas (415) 389-6800

Bars state and local governments from using eminent domain to acquire an owner-occupied residence, as defined, for conveyance to a private person or business entity. Creates exceptions for public work or improvement, public health and safety protection, and crime prevention. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: The measure would likely not have a significant fiscal impact on state or local governments. (Initiative 07-0018.)
(Full Text)


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Propositions that are on the
November 4, 2008 General Election Ballot

Bond Measure
SB 1856 (Chapter 697, 2002). Costa.

Safe, Reliable High-Speed Passenger Train Bond Act for the 21st Century.*

*Note: The Safe, Reliable High-Speed Passenger Train Bond Act for the 21st Century was originally scheduled to appear on the November 2, 2004, General Election ballot. Subsequently, Senate Bill 1169, Chapter 71, Statutes of 2004, provided that it appear on the November 7, 2006, General Election ballot. However, most recently, Assembly Bill 713, Chapter 44, Statutes of 2006, provides for the submission of this Act on the November 4, 2008, General Election ballot instead.


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Initiatives Pending Raw Count of Signatures

New1268. (07-0032)
Presidential Electors. Political Party Nomination and Election by Congressional District. Statute.
Summary Date: 09/05/07 Circulation Deadline: 02/04/08 Signatures Required: 433,971

Proponent: Thomas W. Hiltachk (916) 442-7757

Requires California to join two other states in selecting electors for president by the plurality vote in each congressional district. Provides for political party nomination of electors pledged to vote for that party’s candidate. Independent electors to be chosen by independent presidential candidates and also elected by congressional district. Two at-large electors to be selected based on plurality of statewide vote for president. Mandates that electors vote for candidate for whom they are pledged. Eliminates $10 compensation and 5 cents per mile reimbursement of electors. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Reduced state expenses of less than $10,000 every four years. (Initiative 07-0032.) (Full Text)


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Initiatives Pending Signature Verification

New1271. (07-0034)

Children’s Hospital Bond Act. Grant Program. Statute.

Summary Date: 09/12/07 Circulation Deadline: 02/11/08 Signatures Required: 433,971

Proponent: Diana S. Dooley (916) 552-7111

Authorizes $980,000,000 in bonds, to be repaid from state’s General Fund, to fund the construction, expansion, remodeling, renovation, furnishing and equipping of children’s hospitals. Designates that 80 percent of bond proceeds go to hospitals that focus on children with illnesses such as leukemia, cancer, heart defects, diabetes, sickle cell anemia and cystic fibrosis. Requires that qualifying children’s hospitals provide comprehensive services to a high volume of children eligible for governmental programs and meet other requirements. Designates that 20 percent of bond proceeds go to University of California general acute care hospitals. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: State costs of about $2 billion over 30 years to pay off both the principal ($980 million) and the interest ($1 billion) costs of the bond. Payments of about $67 million per year. (Initiative 07-0034.) (Full Text)


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Failed Initiatives
 
(Includes initiatives which have failed to qualify in the past 30 days only)

New1264. (07-0026)

Marriage. Elimination of Domestic Partnership Rights. Constitutional Amendment.

Summary Date: 08/29/07 Failed: 02/08/08

Proponents: Larry Bowler and Randy Thomasson

Provides that only marriage between one man and one woman is valid or recognized in California. Prohibits decreasing marriage rights shared by one man and one woman. Defines man and woman. Voids or makes unenforceable certain rights and obligations conferred by California law on same-sex and opposite-sex couples registered as domestic partners, concerning subject areas including, but not limited to, community property, intestate succession, stepparent adoption, child custody, child support, hospital visitation, health care decisions for an incapacitated partner, insurance benefits, death benefits, and recovery for wrongful death. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Unknown, but potential increased costs for state and local governments. The impact would depend in large part on future court interpretations. (Initiative 07-0026.) (Full Text)

1263. (07-0025)

Redistricting. Constitutional Amendment.

Summary Date: 8/15/07 Failed: 01/30/08

Proponent: Edward “Ted” Costa (916) 482-6175

Amends process for redistricting California’s Legislature, Board of Equalization, and U.S. House of Representative districts. Establishes Citizens Redistricting Commission comprised of 11 qualified registered voters formed by the Secretary of State pursuant to detailed selection process. Requires Commission to submit redistricting plan, consistent with specified criteria, after each national census. Requires Commission to hold public hearings and receive public input before finalizing the redistricting plan. Requires legal challenges to be made within 45 days of certification of plan. Subjects adopted plan to challenge by referendum. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Potential reduction in redistricting expenses of a few hundred thousand dollars every ten years. (Initiative 07-0025.) (Full Text)

1262. (07-0024)

Reduces Public Pension and Retirement Health Care Benefits. Constitutional Amendment.

Summary Date: 8/13/07 Failed: 01/25/08

Proponents: Keith Richman, John Moorlach, and Kris Hunt c/o Thomas W. Hiltachk (916) 442-7757

For peace officers, firefighters, public safety, and other public employees hired after July 1, 2009, this measure: reduces pension and retirement health care benefits; increases minimum retirement age; restricts early retirement; increases minimum age and years of employment needed to qualify for retirement health care benefits; and limits post-retirement pension increases. For all public employees this measure: prohibits retroactive increases in retirement benefits; requires public employers to make annual payments to fund future benefit costs; and allows public employers to adjust retirement contribution rates in future labor agreements. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Major reductions in annual pension contribution costs for employees hired on or after July 1, 2009, offset to an unknown extent by increases in costs for other forms of public employee compensation. Major short-term increase in annual governmental payments to prefund retiree health benefits, more than offset in the long run by annual reductions in these costs. (Initiative 07-0024.) (Full Text)

1285. (07-0071)

Referendum to Overturn Amendments to Education Code.

Summary Date: 10/25/07 Failed: 01/25/08

Proponent: Karen England

If this petition is signed by the required number of registered voters and timely filed with the Secretary of State, it stops certain amendments (of the Education Code) from taking effect, unless a majority of voters at the next statewide election vote in their favor. The challenged amendments would, in part, prohibit any teaching or school activity that “promotes a discriminatory bias” against persons possessing specified protected characteristics. These protected characteristics include sexual orientation, gender identity or behavior, and association with persons who have any protected characteristic. (07-0071.) (Full Text)

1256. (07-0017, Amdt. #2S)

Internet Poker. Statute.

Summary Date: 07/27/07 Failed: 01/10/08

Proponent: Anthony Sandstrom

Creates a State-owned Internet poker site. Provides that 90 percent of net revenues be distributed to cities and counties for street repairs and 10 percent of net revenues be allocated to the California Gambling Addiction Program Fund. Allows players age 21 and over to participate. Requires Governor to appoint a Director responsible for the site. Requires that games be similar to prevailing online and live poker room practices. Allows participation from outside the State where not prohibited by law. Authorizes revenue sharing and player base agreements with states, localities and California Indian tribes. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Unknown increase in revenues for (1) cities and counties to use for pothole and street repair and (2) the state to use for gambling addiction assistance programs. This increase could easily be in the tens of millions of dollars annually. Unknown reduction in other tax and gambling-related revenues for the state and local governments. This reduction could offset a significant amount of the net revenues from the state poker site. (Initiative 07-0017.) (Full Text)


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Withdrawn Initiatives
(Includes initiatives which have been withdrawn from submission or circulation in the past 30 days only)


07-0103, (Amdt. #1NS) "Secure and Affordable Health Care Act of 2008" Withdrawn from the Attorney General’s Office on January 30, 2008

1269. (07-0031)

Personal Income Tax. State Sales and Use Tax. Corporate Taxes. Statute.

Summary Date: 09/06/07 Withdrawn: 01/25/08

Rex Halverson (916) 444-0015

Abolishes state personal income tax. Increases state sales and use tax by 5.5 percent. Eliminates the requirement that residents file a state income tax return. Eliminates withholding authority of Franchise Tax Board. Eliminates prohibition on municipal income taxes. Exempts tangible personal property used in the manufacturing process from sales and use tax. Reduces corporation franchise tax by 1.84 percent, corporate alternative minimum tax by 1.13 percent, and taxes on S Corporations by 0.3 percent. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Net reduction in state General Fund revenues of over $30 billion annually, primarily due to the elimination of the PIT and an approximate doubling of the state sales tax rate. Major behavior effects in response to the measure, resulting in unknown impacts on state revenues and expenditures. (Initiative 07-0031.)



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Initiatives and Referenda in Circulation
as of February 8, 2008

1270. Dietary Supplements...    
1272. Increase in Prisoner...    
1273. Sentencing and Parole...    
1274. Treatment of Farm...    
1275. Treatment of Farm...    
1276. Class Action Lawsuits...    
1277. Class Action Lawsuits...    
1278. Corporations. Shareholder...    
1279. Corporations. New...    
1280. Inalienable Right to...    
1281. Presidential Electors...    
1282. Presidential Electors...    
1283. Corporate Crime...    
1284. Presidential Electors...    
1286. Right to Health...    
1287. Waiting Period for...    
1288. Prohibition on Placing...    
1289. Animal License Fees...    
1290. Treatment of Farm...    
1291. Stray and Owner...    
1292. Property Ownership...    
1293. Marriage. Elimination...    
1294. Recognition of Animals...    
1295. Prohibition on Required...    
1296. Marijuana. Repeal of...    
1297. Tangible Ballots...    
1298. Limit on Marriage...    
1299. Inmates. Rehabilitation...    
1300. Health Care...    
1301. State Income Tax...    
1302. Bonds. Drinking Water...    
1303. Shall The U.S...    
1304. Renewable Energy...    
1305. Renewable Energy...    
1306. "Three Strikes" Law...    
1307. Redistricting...    
1308. Redistricting...    
1309. Marriage...    
1310. Nonviolent Offenders...    
1311. Wealth Tax...    
1312. Criminal Penalties...    
1313. Homeowner's Real...    
1314. Redistricting...    
1315. College and University...    
1316. Organizations Representing...    
1317. Uninsured Motorists...    
1318. Teacher and Administration...    
1319. Criminal Justice System...    
1320. Criminal Justice System...    
1321. Criminal Justice System...    
1322. Marriage. Elimination...    
1323. Bonds. Water...    
1324. Criminal Justice...    
1325. Criminal Justice...    

1270. (07-0033)
Dietary Supplements and Food Medical Expense. State Income Tax Deduction. Statute.
Summary Date: 9/10/07 Circulation Deadline: 2/7/08 Signatures Required: 433,971

Proponent: Bryan Tallman (408) 348-6542

Allows medical expense deduction on state income tax returns for costs of dietary supplements and food for special dietary needs. Dietary supplements include tablets, capsules, powder, and measured doses of liquid that contain vitamins, minerals, herbs, amino acids, or dietary substances, but do not include conventional food products. Foods for special dietary needs are those consumed due to a medical condition, for supplementing the diet, or as the sole item of the diet. Medical condition includes disease, pregnancy, lactation, infancy, food allergy, overwieght and underweight. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Annual reduction in state revenues from the low millions of dollars to the low tens of millions of dollars. (Intiative 07-0033.) (Full Text)

1272. (07-0040)
Increase in Prisoner Rights. Statute.
Summary Date: 09/26/07 Circulation Deadline: 02/25/08 Signatures Required: 433,971

Proponent: Ann Smith (951) 210-9149

Amends California Penal Code to provide additional rights to adult prisoners. Requires that prisoners have a right to: 1) confidential meetings and correspondence with media; 2) minimum 56 hours per week visitation; 3) minimum time periods for recreation and entertainment; 4) contact and family overnight visitation for inmates not housed in segregation, security, or intake; 5) specified minimum access to personal property, canteen goods, and entertainment appliances; 6) specified minimum telephone access; and 7) access to movies rated “PG-13,” “R,” and “NC-17.” Eliminates prison authorities’ discretion to prohibit access to material deemed obscene. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Increased prison operating costs of several tens of millions of dollars annually primarily to increase inmate access to visiting. One-time capital outlay costs of up to a couple tens of millions of dollars to construct and renovate prison visiting facilities. (Initiative 07-0040.) (Full Text)

1273. (07-0039)
Sentencing and Parole Reform. Statute.
Summary Date: 09/26/07 Circulation Deadline: 02/25/08 Signatures Required: 433,971

Proponent: Ann Smith (951) 210-9149

Repeals California’s “three-strikes” sentencing statutes. Reduces sentences and provides earlier parole eligibility for habitual offenders. Provides for re-sentencing of offenders, except persons convicted of murder, to conform with new sentencing limits. Provides persons sentenced to life with possibility of parole, including those previously sentenced, become parole eligible after seven years. Requires persons sentenced to life with possibility of parole be released within specified time frames. Requires recalculations of parole eligibility dates, resetting of parole release dates, and limits factors that may be considered in setting parole release dates. Increases work-time credits. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Net state operating savings of potentially a few hundred million dollars initially, increasing to the low billions of dollars annually, primarily due to reduced prison operating costs. Unknown one-time state savings for capital outlay associated with prison construction that would otherwise be needed, potentially as much as several billions of dollars in the long term. Increased county costs potentially in the low hundreds of millions of dollars annually for jail and court-related costs. (Initiative 07-0039.) (Full Text)

1274. (07-0041)
Treatment of Farm Animals. Statute.
Summary Date: 10/01/07 Circulation Deadline: 02/28/08 Signatures Required: 433,971

Proponent: Joe Ramsey (916) 967-8102

Requires that an enclosure or tether confining specified farm animals allow the animals for the majority of every day to fully extend their limbs or wings, lie down, stand up, and turn around. Specified animals include calves raised for veal, egg-laying hens, and pregnant pigs. Exceptions made for transportation, rodeos, fairs, 4-H programs, lawful slaughter, research and veterinary purposes. Provides misdemeanor penalties, including a fine not to exceed $1,000 and/or imprisonment in jail for up to 180 days. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Probably minor local and state enforcement and prosecution costs, partly offset by increased fine revenue. (Initiative 07-0041.) (Full Text)

1275. (07-0042)
Treatment of Farm Animals. Statute.
Summary Date: 10/01/07 Circulation Deadline: 02/28/08 Signatures Required: 433,971

Proponent: Joe Ramsey (916) 967-8102

Requires that an enclosure or tether confining specified farm animals allow the animals for the majority of every day to fully extend their limbs or wings, lie down, stand up, and turn around. Specified animals include calves raised for veal, egg-laying hens, and pregnant pigs. Exceptions made for transportation, rodeos, fairs, 4-H programs, lawful slaughter, research and veterinary purposes. Provides misdemeanor penalties, including a fine not to exceed $1,000 and/or imprisonment in jail for up to 180 days. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Probably minor local and state enforcement and prosecution costs, partly offset by increased fine revenue. (Initiative 07-0042.) (Full Text)

1276. (07-0043)
Class Action Lawsuits. Statute.
Summary Date: 10/03/07 Circulation Deadline: 03/03/08 Signatures Required: 433,971

Proponents: James C. Harrison and Margaret R. Prinzing (510) 346-6200

Requires court to determine whether settlement of a class action lawsuit provides “meaningful relief” to class members. Limits settlements from releasing claims not covered by the lawsuit. Requires special justification for using discount coupons for future purchases as the primary relief to the class members. Requires twenty-five percent of punitive damages awarded in class action lawsuits be paid to the state instead of the class members to enforce laws promoting consumer, shareholder, pension, fire and police, insurance, and discrimination protections. Provides for methods of notice to class members. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Unknown fiscal impact on state revenues from court filing fees and the cost of court operations. Unknown net increase in state revenues, potentially up to the low tens of millions of dollars in some years, from providing a 25 percent share of punitive damage awards from class action cases to the state. (Initiative 07-0043.) (Full Text)

1277. (07-0044)
Class Action Lawsuits. Non-Profit Organizations as Plaintiffs. Statute.
Summary Date: 10/03/07 Circulation Deadline: 03/03/08 Signatures Required: 433,971

Proponents: James C. Harrison and Margaret R. Prinzing (510) 346-6200

Allows certain non-profit organizations to sue to enforce unfair business competition laws regardless of whether the organization or its member have been injured. Requires court to find settlements of class action lawsuits provide “meaningful” relief. Allows for the most effective and least costly form of notice to class members. Exempts notice to class members and changes certification requirements when lawsuit seeks injunctive, and not financial, relief. Requires twenty-five percent of punitive damages awarded in class action lawsuits be paid to the state to enforce specific laws. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Unknown fiscal impact on state revenues from court filing fees and the cost of court operations. Unknown net increase in state revenues, potentially up to the low tens of millions of dollars in some years, from providing a 25 percent share of punitive damage awards from class action cases to the state. (Initiative 07-0044.) (Full Text)

1278. (07-0045)
Corporations. Shareholder Approval of Compensation. Reporting Requirements. Statute.
Summary Date: 10/03/07 Circulation Deadline: 03/03/08 Signatures Required: 433,971

Proponents: James C. Harrison and Margaret R. Prinzing (510) 346-6200

Prohibits publicly traded companies doing business in California from initiating or revising any agreement relating to compensation of its directors or its ten highest paid executives without approval by a majority of its shareholders. Establishes liability for directors who make compensation agreements without required shareholder approval. Requires public companies to collect and report additional information regarding executive compensation and employee pay and benefits. Requires that specified compensation and benefit information be filed with the Secretary of State, included in annual reports to shareholders, and posted on each corporation’s website. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Probably negligible one-time state costs to modify the forms that corporations use to annually report certain information. (Initiative 07-0045.) (Full Text)

1279. (07-0046)
Corporations. New Legal Basis to Address Corporate Fraud. Statute.
Summary Date: 10/03/07 Circulation Deadline: 03/03/08 Signatures Required: 433,971

Proponents: James C. Harrison and Margaret R. Prinzing (510) 346-6200

Creates a new legal basis to address illegal actions by corporations or key individuals within corporations. Expands existing corporate liability by allowing designated challenges to be brought by individuals or organizations whose investments, pensions, retirement funds or savings suffer a loss. Makes corporations liable for any financial benefit acquired from the sale of securities during the period of illegal activity. Requires responsible executives to pay penalties equaling all compensation received during the period of illegal activity. Mandates penalties be paid into fund providing repayment to victims of corporate fraud. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Probably no state administrative cost. Potential unknown additional penalty revenue for corporate fraud restitution payments. (Initiative 07-0046.) (Full Text)

1280. (07-0047)
Inalienable Right to Affordable Health Care. Constitutional Amendment.
Summary Date: 10/09/07 Circulation Deadline: 03/07/08 Signatures Required: 694,354

Proponent: Stephen J. Kaufman (213) 452-6565

Amends the California Constitution to provide that affordable health care is an inalienable right for all people. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: No direct fiscal effect to the state; however, the measure could result in indeterminable state or local government costs depending on how it is interpreted and applied by the courts. (Initiative 07-0047.) (Full Text)

1281. (07-0048)
Presidential Electors. Allocation by National Popular Vote. Interstate Agreement. Statute.
Summary Date: 10/11/07 Circulation Deadline: 03/10/08 Signatures Required: 433,971

Proponent: Tom Steyer

Enters California into an interstate agreement to allocate California’s electoral votes to the presidential ticket receiving the most popular votes nationwide. Allocates electoral votes based on the national vote only in years when states possessing a majority of total electoral votes (270 of 538) have entered into the agreement. Maintains California’s current system of awarding electoral votes to the statewide popular vote winner in other years. Eliminates $10 compensation and 5¢ per mile reimbursement of electors. Nullifies competing presidential-elector initiatives on the ballot that receive fewer votes. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Reduced state expenses of less than $10,000 every four years. (Initiative 07-0048.) (Full Text)

1282. (07-0049)
Presidential Electors. Allocation by National Popular Vote. Interstate Agreement. Statute.
Summary Date: 10/11/07 Circulation Deadline: 03/10/08 Signatures Required: 433,971

Proponent: Tom Steyer

Enters California into an interstate agreement to allocate California’s electoral votes to the presidential ticket receiving the most popular votes nationwide. Allocates electoral votes based on the national vote only in years when states possessing a majority of total electoral votes (270 of 538) have entered into the agreement. Maintains California’s current system of awarding electoral votes to the statewide popular vote winner in other years. Eliminates $10 compensation and 5¢ per mile reimbursement of electors. Nullifies competing presidential-elector initiatives on the ballot that receive fewer votes. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Reduced state expenses of less than $10,000 every four years. (Initiative 07-0049.) (Full Text)

1283. (07-0051)
Corporate Crime. Reporting Obligations for Executives and Managers. Statute.
Summary Date: 10/16/07 Circulation Deadline: 03/14/08 Signatures Required: 433,971

Proponents: James C. Harrison and Margaret R. Prinzing (510) 346-6200

Requires that executives and managers of corporations or limited liability companies report, in writing, any violation by company involving financial fraud, consumer protection, health and safety, environmental protection or labor. Establishes criminal penalties (jail up to one year and/or fine up to $100,000) for failure to report within 15 days after actual knowledge of violation acquired. Defines manager as having both management authority and significant responsibility for an aspect of business. Defines actual knowledge as information that would convince a reasonable person in same situation that violation exists. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Probably minor local and state enforcement and prosecution costs, partly offset by increased fine revenue. (Initiative 07-0051.) (Full Text)

1284. (07-0052)
Presidential Electors. Conditional Implementation of Political Party Nomination and Election by Congressional District. Statute.
Summary Date: 10/17/07 Circulation Deadline: 03/17/08 Signatures Required: 433,971

Proponents: Leo McElroy, Jim Rogers and George Schmidt (510) 867-5725

Requires California to select electors for president by the plurality vote in each congressional district only if a majority of the other states have adopted proportional voting prior to that presidential election. Provides for political party nomination of electors pledged to vote for that party’s candidate. Independent electors to be chosen by independent presidential candidates and also elected by congressional district. Two at-large electors selected based on plurality of statewide vote for president. Eliminates $10 compensation and 5¢ per mile reimbursement of electors. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: No significant net fiscal effect. (Initiative 07-0052.) (Full Text)

 

1286. (07-0054)
Right to Health. Constitutional Amendment.
Summary Date: 11/07/07 Circulation Deadline: 04/07/08 Signatures Required: 694,354

Proponent: Bryan Costales (415) 240-4554

Amends the California Constitution to declare that “the right to health is a fundamental human right” and that “equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged on account of health”. Grants the Legislature the power to enforce these provisions by appropriate legislation. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: This measure would have no direct fiscal effect on the state. However, the measure could result in indeterminable state or local government costs depending on how it is interpreted and applied by the courts. (Initiative 07-0054.) (Full Text)

1287. (07-0053, Amdt. #1S)
Waiting Period and Parental Notification Before Termination of Minor’s Pregnancy. Constitutional Amendment.
Summary Date: 11/20/07 Circulation Deadline: 04/18/08 Signatures Required: 694,354

Proponent: John Smith

Amends California Constitution to prohibit abortion for unemancipated minor until 48 hours after physician notifies minor’s parent, legal guardian or, if parental abuse reported, an adult family member. Provides exceptions for medical emergency or parental waiver. Permits courts to waive notice based on clear and convincing evidence of minor’s maturity or best interests. Mandates reporting requirements, including reports from physicians regarding abortions on minors. Authorizes monetary damages against physicians for violation. Requires minor’s consent to abortion, with exceptions. Permits judicial relief if minor’s consent is coerced. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Potential unknown net state costs of several million dollars annually for health and social services programs, court administration, and state health agency administration combined. (Initiative 07-0053.) (Full Text)

1288. (07-0056)
Prohibition on Placing Information or Identification Device Under the Skin of Humans or Animals. Constitutional Amendment.
Summary Date: 11/21/07 Circulation Deadline: 04/21/08 Signatures Required: 694,354

Proponent: Fred Hall (530) 626-1884

Forbids the State or any political subdivision from enacting a law that would mandate the implantation of any type of information, device containing information, or ink, under the skin of a human or animal, for any purpose. Provides that refusing to accept such a device may not be grounds for denial of employment, education, insurance, health care or licensing. Establishes that no public or private entity may enforce any law that is inconsistent with this measure. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Potentially higher local government costs than would otherwise be incurred for animal shelter operations that would probably not be significant on a statewide basis. (Initiative 07-0056.) (Full Text)

1289. (07-0057)
Animal License Fees. Statute.
Summary Date: 11/21/07 Circulation Deadline: 04/21/08 Signatures Required: 433,971

Proponent: Matt Czajkowski (415) 282-9292

Mandates that all cities, counties and governmental entities within the state of California are prohibited from charging any animal licensing or permit fees in excess of $50.00. Entitles senior citizens and Medicare and Medi-Cal recipients to a 50 percent fee reduction. Prohibits localities from enforcing local law conflicting with initiative statute. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Unknown net revenue loss or gain to local governments depending on the number of animals licensed under the measure. (Initiative 07-0057.) (Full Text)

1290. (07-0058)
Treatment of Farm Animals. Statute.
Summary Date: 11/21/07 Circulation Deadline: 04/21/08 Signatures Required: 433,971

Proponent: Albert S. Scaletti

Requires that an enclosure or tether confining pregnant pigs or veal calves allow the animals for the majority of every day to fully extend their limbs, lie down, stand up, and turn around. Requires the California Department of Food and Agriculture to publish regulations establishing standards of care for egg-laying hens in accordance with industry recommendations. Exceptions made for transportation, rodeos, fairs, 4-H programs, lawful slaughter, personal consumption, research or by recommendation of a veterinary. Provides misdemeanor penalties, including a fine not to exceed $500 and 40 hours of animal welfare instruction. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Probably minor local and state enforcement and prosecution costs, partly offset by increased fine revenue. (Initiative 07-0058.) (Full Text)

1291. (07-0059)
Stray and Owner-Relinquished Animals. Statute.
Summary Date: 11/21/07 Circulation Deadline: 04/21/08 Signatures Required: 433,971

Proponent: Albert S. Scaletti

Mandates methods and practices for animal euthanasia in all public and private agencies sheltering stray or owner-relinquished animals. Requires mandatory holding periods and conditions that must be satisfied before any animal is killed. Mandates shelters to develop and follow care, cleaning, and disease-prevention protocols. Requires funds collected from dog license revenues to be used for free and low-cost animal sterilization and medical assistance programs. Requires that most animals adopted from specified agencies be spayed or neutered prior to adoption. Creates reporting, tracking, and notification requirements. Establishes private enforcement authority. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Probably significant local animal shelter operating costs in the mid tens of millions of dollars annually on a statewide basis, potentially small portion of costs being offset by penalty and adoption revenues. Potential ongoing state administrative costs of a couple million dollars each year. (Initiative 07-0059.) (Full Text)

1292. (07-0060)
Property Ownership. Constitutional Amendment.
Summary Date: 11/21/07 Circulation Deadline: 04/21/08 Signatures Required: 694,354

Proponent: Richard Byrd

Amends California Constitution to declare that governmental entities within California, including cities and counties, may not make any law or ordinance that prevents any citizen from owning or legally acquiring property, or that limits the amount of property one may acquire, grow, produce, or own. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: The fiscal effect of this measure cannot be determined, as it would depend largely on how the measure’s terms are interpreted by the courts and implemented by government. (Initiative 07-0060.) (Full Text)

1293. (07-0061)
Marriage. Elimination of Domestic Partnership Rights. Constitutional Amendment.
Summary Date: 11/21/07 Circulation Deadline: 04/21/08 Signatures Required: 694,354

Proponents: Larry Bowler and Randy Thomasson

Provides that only marriage between one man and one woman is valid or recognized in California. Prohibits decreasing marriage rights shared by one man and one woman. Defines man and woman. Voids or makes unenforceable certain rights and obligations conferred by California law on same-sex and opposite-sex couples registered as domestic partners, concerning subject areas including, but not limited to, community property, intestate succession, stepparent adoption, child custody, child support, hospital visitation, health care decisions for an incapacitated partner, insurance benefits, death benefits, and recovery for wrongful death. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Unknown, but potential increased costs for state and local governments. The impact would depend in large part on future court interpretations. (Initiative 07-0061.) (Full Text)

1294. (07-0062)
Recognition of Animals as Property. Constitutional Amendment.
Summary Date: 11/21/07 Circulation Deadline: 04/21/08 Signatures Required: 694,354

Proponent: Jill Holt (951) 541-1669

Amends California Constitution to declare that all animals owned by citizens, including pets and animals used for agricultural purposes, are property. Prohibits enactment or enforcement of any law that would characterize privately-owned animals as anything other than property. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Probably no fiscal effect on state and local governments. (Initiative 07-0062.) (Full Text)

1295. (07-0063)
Prohibition on Required or Coerced Sterilization of Animals or Humans. Constitutional Amendment.
Summary Date: 11/21/07 Circulation Deadline: 04/21/08 Signatures Required: 694,354

Proponent: Dianne-Margaret Hedgcock

Prohibits enactment or enforcement of any law requiring or coercing by any means, including financial penalty, sexual sterilization of any human or animal. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Short-term savings to local governments because of the elimination of spay and neuter enforcement and surgery costs, offset in the long-term by unknown, but potentially significant, increased costs to operate shelters and provide animal control services to an increased dog and cat population. Unknown, but potentially significant loss of local government animal control revenue, because jurisdictions will no longer be able to charge a higher license or adoption fee for unaltered animals than for animals that are spayed or neutered. Potential avoidance of state costs of a few tens of thousands of dollars annually associated with the prohibition of chemical castration of certain prisoners upon their parole. (Initiative 07-0063.) (Full Text)

1296. (07-0064)
Marijuana. Repeal of Criminal and Civil Penalties. Release from Jail. Statute.
Summary Date: 11/26/07 Circulation Deadline: 04/24/08 Signatures Required: 433,971

Proponents: Jack Herer, Charles E. Lepp, George Clayton Johnson, Phyllis Vonderscher, Ronnie Lee Smith, Michael S. Jolson and Seeva Marie Cherms

Decriminalizes possession, cultivation, transportation, distribution, and use of marijuana or hemp. Provides persons convicted or serving time for non-violent offenses involving marijuana be immediately released from prison, jail, parole, or probation, and be eligible to have their convictions erased. Provides no permit, license, or tax be required for non-commercial cultivation, transportation, distribution, or consumption of marijuana. Allows doctors to prescribe or recommend marijuana to patients, regardless of age. Prohibits testing for marijuana for employment or insurance purposes. Bars state from aiding enforcement of certain federal marijuana laws. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Savings in the several tens of millions of dollars annually to state and local governments, which would no longer incur the costs of incarcerating and supervising certain marijuana offenders. A potential increase of a few million dollars annually in the cost of the state’s Drug Medi-Cal substance abuse treatment program. (Initiative 07-0064.) (Full Text)

1297. (07-0065)
Tangible Ballots. Direct Recording Electronic Devices. Statute.
Summary Date: 11/26/07 Circulation Deadline: 04/24/08 Signatures Required: 433,971

Proponent: Harry V. Lehmann (415) 897-2121

Changes the definition of “ballot” to exclude touchscreens and other ballots used with direct recording electronic devices. Expands definition of “ballot” to include physical objects that may be marked by voters’ physical action and can be counted through use of ordinary physical senses. Does not prohibit use of legally approved voting methods, as long as those methods produce tangible physical objects to be used for vote counting and available for voter inspection prior to casting. Requires disabled voters to be provided means to inspect their ballots that accommodate their disabilities. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: One-time costs potentially in the tens of millions of dollars to replace or alter voting equipment. (Initiative 07-0065.) (Full Text)

1298. (07-0068)
Limit on Marriage. Constitutional Amendment.
Summary Date: 11/29/07 Circulation Deadline: 04/28/08 Signatures Required: 694,354

Proponents: Dennis Hollingsworth, Gail J. Knight, Martin F. Gutierrez, Hak-Shing William Tam, and Mark A. Jansson c/o Andrew Pugno (916) 608-3065

Amends the California Constitution to provide that only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: The measure would have no fiscal effect on state or local governments. This is because there would be no change to the manner in which marriages are currently recognized by the state. (Initiative 07-0068.) (Full Text)

1299. (07-0070)
Inmates. Rehabilitation and Visitation Programs. Statute.
Summary Date: 12/04/07 Circulation Deadline: 05/02/08 Signatures Required: 433,971

Proponents: Catherine Langston and Danielle Swaze

Eliminates certain restrictions on prisoners’ participation in educational and substance dependency classes and family visitation programs. Prohibits exclusion based on sentence, custody designation, prior crimes or disciplinary offenses and commitment offenses. Provides that inmates condemned to die are not eligible for family visitation program. Allows family visitation privileges only to inmates who: (1) are not residing in reception centers or administrative segregation/security housing units; (2) are competent to and have obtained a high school diploma or equivalent; (3) agree to random drug testing; (4) pay $25 toward cost of a visit. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Annual state prison operating costs that would range between several tens of millions and a few hundreds of millions of dollars annually, primarily to expand inmate educational and substance abuse programs. These costs could be more than offset by state savings due to reductions in the prison population resulting from expanding these programs. One-time capital outlay costs of between several tens of millions and several hundreds of millions of dollars to construct and renovate prison visiting, education, and substance abuse treatment facilities. (Initiative 07-0070.) (Full Text)

1300. (07-0055, Amdt. #1S)
Health Care. Constitutional Amendment.
Summary Date: 12/06/07 Circulation Deadline: 05/05/08 Signatures Required: 694,354

Proponent: James R. Smith

Directs Legislature to establish a “California Health Security Plan”. Plan shall be free to all members and fully funded by “general revenue and sources” as directed by Legislature. Requires plan to pay for all medical, mental health, dental and vision care. Directs plan to provide equal care for all members. Makes all residents who have resided in state for ten months of previous year eligible for plan. Provides for some residents to be automatically enrolled. Requires privacy of medical records of members. Requires Legislature to establish an elected oversight board. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Net unknown costs to state and local government, potentially in the low tens of billions of dollars; these costs would be greater or lesser depending on actions taken by the Governor or Legislature in structuring the health coverage expansion program. (Initiative 07-0055.) (Full Text)

1301. (07-0072)
State Income Tax Deduction for Dietary Supplements and Certain Foods. Statute.
Summary Date: 12/11/07 Circulation Deadline: 05/09/08 Signatures Required: 433,971

Proponent: Bryan Tallman (408) 348-6542

Allows medical expense deductions on state income tax returns for costs of dietary supplements and food for special dietary needs. Dietary supplements include tablets, capsules, powder, and measured doses of liquid that contain vitamins, minerals, herbs, amino acids, or dietary substances, but do not include conventional food products. Foods for special dietary needs are those consumed due to a medical condition, for supplementing the diet, or as the sole item of the diet. Medical condition includes disease, pregnancy, lactation, infancy, food allergy, overweight and underweight. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Annual ongoing reduction in state revenues of approximately $200 million, assuming the measure’s effect is only to add a new above-the-line deduction for dietary supplements and foods for special dietary needs. (Initiative 07-0072.) (Full Text)

1302. (07-0069)
Bonds. Drinking Water. Water Conservation and Water Protection. Statute.
Summary Date: 12/13/07 Circulation Deadline: 05/12/08 Signatures Required: 433,971

Proponents: Don Perata and Michael J. Machado

Authorizes $6,835,000,000 in bonds paid from state’s General Fund for water related projects. Allocates approximately 29% to statewide water supply reliability projects including conservation, reclamation, distribution, storage and restoration. Allocates approximately 35% to Sacramento-San Joaquin delta sustainability projects including ecosystem improvements. Allocates approximately 16% to statewide conservation and pollution cleanup projects including ecosystem and urban watershed protection and restoration. Allocates approximately 16% statewide to prevent or reduce contamination of groundwater that serves as a source of drinking water. Allocates approximately 4% to statewide water recycling projects. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: State cost of about $13.3 billion over 30 years to pay off both the principal ($6.8 billion) and interest ($6.5 billion) costs on the bonds. Payments of about $445 million per year. Unknown, eventual costs, potentially in the low hundreds of millions of dollars per year, to state and local governments to operate or maintain projects developed with these bond funds. (Initiative 07-0069.) (Full Text)

1303. (07-0073)
Shall The U.S. Government Fully Fund Healthcare for Veterans? Initiative.
Summary Date: 12/13/07 Circulation Deadline: 05/12/08 Signatures Required: 433,971

Proponent: Robin J. Rustan

Asks voters to express opinion whether the U.S. government should be required to fund the Department of Veterans Affairs fully to ensure that all eligible veterans receive quality and accessible healthcare. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: The measure would have no direct fiscal effect. (Initiative 07-0073.) (Full Text)

1304. (07-0066, Amdt. #1S)
Renewable Energy. Statute.
Summary Date: 12/14/07 Circulation Deadline: 05/12/08 Signatures Required: 433,971

Proponent: Jim Gonzalez c/o Randall W. Keen (310) 312-4000

Requires all utilities, including government-owned utilities, to generate 20% of their power from renewable energy by 2010, a standard currently applicable only to private electrical corporations. Raises requirement for all utilities to 40% by 2020 and 50% by 2025. Imposes penalties for noncompliance. Fast-tracks approval for new renewable energy plants. Requires utilities to sign longer contracts (20 year minimum) to procure renewable energy. Creates Solar and Clean Energy Transmission Account to purchase property or rights of way for renewable energy. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: State administrative costs of up to $3.4 million annually for the regulatory activities of the Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission and the California Public Utilities Commission, paid for by fee revenues. Potential, unknown increased costs and reduced revenues, particularly in the short term, to state and local governments resulting from the measure’s potential to increase retail electricity rates, with possible offsetting cost savings and revenue increases, to an unknown degree, over the long term to the extent the measure hastens renewable energy development. (Initiative 07-0066.) (Full Text)

1305. (07-0067, Amdt. #1S)
Renewable Energy. Statute.
Summary Date: 12/14/07 Circulation Deadline: 05/12/08 Signatures Required: 433,971

Proponent: Jim Gonzalez c/o Randall W. Keen (310) 312-4000

Requires all utilities, including government-owned utilities, to generate 20% of their power from renewable energy by 2010, a standard currently applicable only to private electrical corporations. Raises requirement for all utilities to 40% by 2020 and 50% by 2025. Imposes penalties for noncompliance. Fast-tracks approval for new renewable energy plants. Requires utilities to sign longer contracts (20 year minimum) to procure renewable energy. Creates Solar and Clean Energy Transmission Account to purchase property or rights of way for renewable energy. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: State administrative costs of up to $3.4 million annually for the regulatory activities of the Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission and the California Public Utilities Commission, paid for by fee revenues. Potential, unknown increased costs and reduced revenues, particularly in the short term, to state and local governments resulting from the measure’s potential to increase retail electricity rates, with possible offsetting cost savings and revenue increases, to an unknown degree, over the long term to the extent the measure hastens renewable energy development. (Initiative 07-0067.) (Full Text)

1306. (07-0075)
“Three Strikes” Law. Sentencing. Statute.
Summary Date: 12/14/07 Circulation Deadline: 05/12/08 Signatures Required: 433,971

Proponent: Francis X. Courser

Prohibits increased sentencing terms for repeat felony offenders under new “Three Strikes” law except when current offense is a serious or violent felony. Authorizes re-sentencing under the new law for offenders serving indeterminate life sentences provided that the sentence was not imposed for a second strike. Provides that felons convicted of specified crimes, including murder, certain crimes involving firearm use, and certain sex or drug offenses, are not eligible for the benefits of the new law. Restricts Legislature’s authority to modify certain sentencing schemes or enhancements. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Net state savings – primarily to prison operations – potentially in the tens of millions of dollars annually initially, increasing to several hundreds of millions of dollars annually within a decade. Unknown state savings on a one-time basis for capital outlay associated with prison construction that would otherwise be needed, potentially as much as one billion dollars in the long term. Increased state and county costs of potentially a few tens of millions of dollars annually for jail and court-related costs. (Initiative 07-0075.) (Full Text)

1307. (07-0077)
Redistricting. Constitutional Amendment and Statute.
Summary Date: 12/17/07 Circulation Deadline: 05/15/08 Signatures Required: 694,354

Proponents: Kathay Feng, Jeannine English and David Fleming

Creates 14-member redistricting commission responsible for drawing new district lines for State Senate, Assembly, and Board of Equalization districts. Requires State Auditor to randomly select commission members from voter applicant pool to create a commission with five members from each of the two largest political parties, and four members unaffiliated with either political party. Requires nine votes to approve final district maps. Establishes standards for drawing new lines, including respecting the geographic integrity of neighborhoods and encouraging geographic compactness. Permits State Legislature to draw lines for congressional districts subject to these standards. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Probably no significant increase in state redistricting costs. (Initiative 07-0077.) (Full Text)

1308. (07-0078)
Redistricting. Constitutional Amendment and Statute.
Summary Date: 12/21/07 Circulation Deadline: 05/19/08 Signatures Required: 694,354

Proponent: William “Bill” S. Price, III

Creates 14-member redistricting commission responsible for drawing new district lines for State Senate, Assembly, and Board of Equalization districts. Requires State Auditor to select the commission members randomly from voter applicant pool to create a commission with five members from each of the two largest political parties, and four members unaffiliated with either political party. Requires ten votes to approve final district maps. Establishes standards for drawing new lines, including respect for the geographic integrity of counties and cities. Permits State Legislature to draw lines for congressional districts subject to these standards. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Probably no significant increase in state redistricting costs. (Initiative 07-0078.) (Full Text)

1309. (07-0079)
Marriage. Elimination of Domestic Partnership Rights. Constitutional Amendment.
Summary Date: 12/27/07 Circulation Deadline: 05/27/08 Signatures Required: 694,354

Proponents: Larry Bowler and Randy Thomasson

Provides that only marriage between one man and one woman is valid or recognized in California. Prohibits decreasing marriage rights shared by one man and one woman. Defines man and woman. Voids or makes unenforceable certain rights and obligations conferred by California law on same-sex and opposite-sex couples registered as domestic partners, concerning subject areas including, but not limited to, community property, intestate succession, stepparent adoption, child custody, child support, hospital visitation, health care decisions for an incapacitated partner, insurance benefits, death benefits, and recovery for wrongful death. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Unknown, but potential increased costs for state and local governments. The impact would depend in large part on future court interpretations. (Initiative 07-0079.) (Full Text)

1310. (07-0081)
Nonviolent Offenders. Sentencing, Parole and Rehabilitation. Statute.
Summary Date: 01/02/08 Circulation Deadline: 06/02/08 Signatures Required: 433,971

Proponent: Daniel N. Abrahamson (510) 229-5211

Requires State to expand and increase funding and oversight for individualized treatment and rehabilitation programs for nonviolent drug offenders and parolees. Reduces criminal consequences of nonviolent drug offenses by mandating three-tiered probation with treatment and by providing for case dismissal and/or sealing of records after probation. Limits court’s authority to incarcerate offenders who violate probation or parole. Shortens parole for most drug offenses, including sales, and for nonviolent property crimes. Creates numerous divisions, boards, commissions, and reporting requirements regarding drug treatment and rehabilitation. Changes certain marijuana misdemeanors to infractions. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Increased state costs that could exceed $1 billion annually primarily for expanding drug treatment and rehabilitation programs for offenders in state prisons, on parole, and in the community. Savings to the state that could exceed $1 billion annually due primarily to reduced prison and parole operating costs. Net savings on a one-time basis on capital outlay costs for prison facilities that could exceed $2.5 billion. Unknown net fiscal effect on expenditures for county operations and capital outlay. (Initiative 07-0081.) (Full Text)

1311. (07-0082, Amdt. #1NS)
Wealth Tax. Constitutional Amendment and Statute.
Summary Date: 01/02/08 Circulation Deadline: 06/02/08 Signatures Required: 694,354

Proponent: Paul McCauley

Imposes one-time 45% tax on value of property exceeding $40 million of a California resident or held in California by nonresident. Imposes one-time tax (between 26.5% - 44.3%) on property exceeding $5 million when resident dies or leaves California. Imposes additional 17.5% tax on total incomes of taxpayers with income exceeding $150,000 if single, $250,000 if married, increasing to 35% if incomes exceed $350,000 if single, $500,000 if married. Creates tax credits. Requires State to acquire majority shares of specified corporations to influence environmental practices. May exempt new revenues from education funding requirements. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: One-time increase in state revenues potentially in the low hundreds of billions of dollars from imposition of a wealth tax, and ongoing increase in state revenues potentially in the billions of dollars from imposition of the tax on certain people dying or leaving the state. This revenue would be allocated to accomplish various goals related to environmental protection. Potential annual net increase in personal income tax revenues in the tens of billions of dollars annually from tax rate increases and new tax credits. The first $7.5 billion annually would be allocated to the state General Fund with additional revenue allocated for environmental protection. Unknown state and local revenue reductions – potentially in the tens of billions of dollars annually – due to changes in taxpayer behavior. (Initiative 07-0082.) (Full Text)

1312. (07-0076, Amdt. #1S)
Criminal Penalties and Laws. State Spending. Statute.
Summary Date: 01/02/08 Circulation Deadline: 06/02/08 Signatures Required: 433,971

Proponents: George C. Runner, Jr., Gary Ovitt and Mike Reynolds

Requires significant new state spending on various programs to combat crime and gangs, and to operate prison and parole systems. Substantially increases penalties for several crimes, including violating gang injunctions, using or possessing to sell methamphetamine, or carrying loaded or concealed firearms by certain felons. Eliminates bail for illegal immigrants charged with violent or gang-related felonies, and changes evidence rules to allow use of certain hearsay statements as evidence when witnesses are unavailable. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Net state costs likely to exceed a half billion dollars annually primarily for increased funding of criminal justice programs, as well as for increased costs for prison and parole operations. Unknown one-time state capital outlay costs potentially exceeding a half billion dollars for prison facilities. Unknown net fiscal impact for state trial courts, county jails, and other local criminal justice agencies. (Initiative 07-0076.) (Full Text)

1313. (07-0080)
Homeowner’s Real Property Tax Exemption and Renter’s Tax Credit. Constitutional Amendment and Statute.
Summary Date: 01/02/08 Circulation Deadline: 06/02/08 Signatures Required: 694,354

Proponent: Lori S. Fisher

Raises homeowner’s property tax exemption from $7,000 to 25 percent of the full value of the dwelling up to $100,000 starting with fiscal year 2009-10. Raises the renter’s tax credit from $120 to $360 for married couples, registered domestic partners, heads of households, surviving spouses and surviving registered domestic partners, and from $60 to $180 for other qualified renters for the 2009 tax year. Each year thereafter, adjusts for inflation the maximum homeowner’s exemption and the renter’s tax credit. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Increase in state costs of approximately $2 billion annually to compensate local governments for reduced property tax collections. Net increase in state personal income tax revenues of approximately $50 million annually from increases in the renters’ credit and decreases in property tax deductions. (Initiative 07-0080.) (Full Text)

1314. (07-0083)
Redistricting. Constitutional Amendment.
Summary Date: 01/04/08 Circulation Deadline: 06/02/08 Signatures Required: 694,354

Proponent: Edward “Ted” Costa (916) 482-6175

Amends process for redistricting California’s Legislature, Board of Equalization, and U.S. House of Representative districts. Establishes Citizens Redistricting Commission comprised of 11 qualified registered voters formed by the Secretary of State pursuant to detailed selection process. Requires Commission to submit redistricting plan, consistent with specified criteria, after each national census. Requires Commission to hold public hearings and receive public input before finalizing the redistricting plan. Requires legal challenges to be made within 45 days of certification of plan. Subjects adopted plan to challenge by referendum. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Potential reduction in redistricting expenses of a few hundred thousand dollars every ten years. (Initiative 07-0083.) (Full Text)

1315. (07-0084)
College and University Fees. Wealth Tax. Statute.
Summary Date: 01/10/08 Circulation Deadline: 06/09/08 Signatures Required: 433,971

Proponent: Valeria Fike-Rosales

Forbids increasing resident undergraduate student fees in University of California and California State University systems for five years. Provides fee increases after five years shall not exceed the change in California Consumer Price Index. Provides application of the fee restrictions to University of California requires approval by University Regents. Imposes one-percent tax on individual taxable income that exceeds one-million dollars, and requires 60% of revenue go to the university systems subject to the fee restrictions. Establishes accountability panel and requires annual “accountability update” detailing how tax revenue are spent. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Annual increase in state revenues of roughly $2 billion from a new 1 percent tax on high-income individuals. Of these new revenues, 60 percent would be allocated to undergraduate education at the state’s public universities and the remaining 40 percent likely would be spent on K-14 education. Reduction in public university undergraduate fee revenues (primarily from a five-year freeze on fee levels), potentially exceeding $1 billion by the end of the freeze period.(Initiative 07-0084.) (Full Text)

1316. (07-0085)
Organizations Representing Local Governments and Agencies. Limits on Political Activity. Civil and Criminal Penalties. Statute.
Summary Date: 01/10/08 Circulation Deadline: 06/09/08 Signatures Required: 433,971

Proponent: Jon Coupal, Jim Nielsen and Lew Uhler (916) 444-9950

Prohibits organizations that act as an association or representative of local agencies from spending money in state and local elections if the organizations are partly funded by dues or payments from local agencies. Applies ban to all assets of the organization, including revenue from private sources. Imposes fines on officer, employee, agent, or consultant of the public agency or organization, who violates or permits others to violate the ban. Imposes imprisonment on public officer who violates or permits others to violate the ban. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: No significant costs to state or local governments. (Initiative 07-0085.) (Full Text)

1317. (07-0086)
Uninsured Motorists. Enforcement and Penalties. Statute.
Summary Date: 01/10/08 Circulation Deadline: 06/09/08 Signatures Required: 433,971

Proponent: Stephen L. Poizner c/oRichard D. Martland or Gene Erbin (916) 446-6752

Requires police officers issuing citations for failure to provide proof of insurance to also remove the vehicle’s license plates unless doing so would be dangerous or contrary to the interests of justice. Requires owners of vehicles with removed plates to obtain insurance within seven days or be subject to impoundment. Requires Highway Patrol Commissioner to adopt regulations and legislature to appropriate sufficient money to implement Act. Eliminates an exemption from the obligation to provide proof of insurance that would have applied to residents of Los Angeles and San Francisco in 2011. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Potential state and local law enforcement costs of several million dollars annually on a statewide basis. Ongoing state administrative costs of potentially several million dollars annually, partly offset by fee revenues. Potential, unknown increase in state tax revenue from vehicle insurance purchased by motorists. (Initiative 07-0086.) (Full Text)

1318. (07-0087)
Teacher and Administrator Compensation. Statute.
Summary Date: 01/17/08 Circulation Deadline: 06/16/08 Signatures Required: 433,971

Proponent: William H. Schindler

Prohibits public school districts from paying any employee a salary higher than that paid to the highest-paid classroom teacher. Requires teachers and administrators to be paid on the same salary schedule according to their experience, education, and number of days worked. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: No fiscal effect on overall K-12 education spending. Redistribution of resources at the local level in response to a cap on administrator salaries. (Initiative 07-0087.) (Full Text)

1319. (07-0088, Amdt. #2S)
Criminal Justice System. Victims’ Rights. Constitutional Amendment and Statute.
Summary Date: 01/30/08 Circulation Deadline: 06/30/08 Signatures Required: 694,354

Proponent: Steven J. Ipsen (213) 700-4133

Requires notification to victims and opportunity for input during phases of criminal justice process, including bail, pleas, sentencing and parole. Establishes victim safety as primary consideration in determining bail. Requires victims have safe access to courthouses. Provides more assistance collecting restitution. Prohibits release of defendants on their own recognizance for specified crimes, including serious or violent felonies. Authorizes courts of appeal to adjudicate death penalty appeals. Creates Department of Parole to handle all parole hearings. Requires prosecutors receive certain benefits and be paid salaries comparable to similar public attorneys. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Increased state and county judicial system costs that initially exceed $100 million and amount to tens of millions of dollars annually thereafter on a statewide basis. A net increase in costs for state prison operations that, depending on circumstances, could range from millions to hundreds of millions of dollars annually. A potential net savings in the low tens of millions of dollars for the administration of parole reviews and revocations if the changes related to parole revocation procedures were not overturned by potential legal challenges. A net increase in local government costs for county jails, work release programs, probation supervision, and other local law enforcement agencies in the millions to tens of millions of dollars annually on a statewide basis. (Initiative 07-0088.) (Full Text)

1320. (07-0095)
Criminal Justice System. Victims’ Rights. Constitutional Amendment and Statute.
Summary Date: 01/30/08 Circulation Deadline: 06/30/08 Signatures Required: 694,354

Proponent: Steven J. Ipsen (213) 700-4133

Requires notification to victims and opportunity for input during phases of criminal justice process, including bail, pleas, sentencing and parole. Establishes victim safety as primary consideration in determining bail. Requires victims have safe access to courthouses. Provides more assistance collecting restitution. Prohibits release of defendants on their own recognizance for specified crimes, including serious or violent felonies. Authorizes courts of appeal to adjudicate death penalty appeals. Creates Department of Parole to handle all parole hearings. Requires prosecutors receive certain benefits and be paid salaries comparable to similar public attorneys. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Increased state and county judicial system costs that may initially exceed $100 million and amount to tens of millions of dollars annually thereafter on a statewide basis. A net increase in costs for state prison operations that, depending on circumstances, could range from millions to hundreds of millions of dollars annually. A potential net savings in the low tens of millions of dollars for the administration of parole reviews and revocations if the changes related to parole revocation procedures were not overturned by potential legal challenges. A net increase in local government costs for county jails, work release programs, probation supervision, and other local law enforcement agencies in the millions to tens of millions of dollars annually on a statewide basis. (Initiative 07-0095.) (Full Text)

1321. (07-0096)
Criminal Justice System. Victims’ Rights. Constitutional Amendment and Statute.
Summary Date: 01/30/08 Circulation Deadline: 06/30/08 Signatures Required: 694,354

Proponent: Steven J. Ipsen (213) 700-4133

Requires notification to victims and opportunity for input during phases of criminal justice process, including bail, pleas, sentencing and parole. Establishes victim safety as primary consideration in determining bail. Requires victims have safe access to courthouses. Provides more assistance collecting restitution. Prohibits release of defendants on their own recognizance for specified crimes, including serious or violent felonies. Authorizes courts of appeal to adjudicate death penalty appeals. Creates Department of Parole to handle all parole hearings. Requires prosecutors receive certain benefits and be paid salaries comparable to similar public attorneys. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Increased state and county judicial system costs that may initially exceed $100 million and amount to tens of millions of dollars annually thereafter on a statewide basis. A net increase in costs for state prison operations that, depending on circumstances, could range from millions to hundreds of millions of dollars annually. A potential net savings in the low tens of millions of dollars for the administration of parole reviews and revocations if the changes related to parole revocation procedures were not overturned by potential legal challenges. A net increase in local government costs for county jails, work release programs, probation supervision, and other local law enforcement agencies in the millions to tens of millions of dollars annually on a statewide basis. (Initiative 07-0096.) (Full Text)

1322. (07-0098)
Marriage. Elimination of Domestic Partnership Rights. Constitutional Amendment.
Summary Date: 01/31/08 Circulation Deadline: 06/30/08 Signatures Required: 694,354

Proponents: Larry Bowler and Randy Thomasson

Provides that only marriage between one man and one woman is valid or recognized in California. Prohibits decreasing marriage rights shared by one man and one woman. Defines man and woman. Voids or makes unenforceable certain rights and obligations conferred by California law on same-sex and opposite-sex couples registered as domestic partners, concerning subject areas including, but not limited to, community property, intestate succession, stepparent adoption, child custody, child support, hospital visitation, health care decisions for an incapacitated partner, insurance benefits, death benefits, and recovery for wrongful death. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Unknown, but potential increased costs for state and local governments. The impact would depend in large part on future court interpretations. (Initiative 07-0098.) (Full Text)

1323. (08-0003)
Bonds. Water Storage, Reliability, Protection. Drinking Water. Statute.
Summary Date: 02/06/08 Circulation Deadline: 07/07/08 Signatures Required: 433,971

Proponents: Allan Zaremberg and James N. Earp c/o Steve Lucas (415) 389-6800

Authorizes $11,690,000,000 in bonds paid from state’s General Fund, allocated approximately as follows: 30% to dams and other surface and groundwater storage for the state water system and the Sacramento-San Joaquin delta (“delta”) or its tributaries; 23% to statewide water supply reliability projects; 21% to delta sustainability and ecosystem improvements; 14% to groundwater protection and water quality projects; 11% to statewide conservation and pollution cleanup including ecosystem and urban watershed protection; and 2% to water recycling. Creates commission with the power to finance projects, including delta water conveyance. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: State cost of about $22.8 billion over 30 years to pay off both the principal ($11.7 billion) and interest ($11.1 billion) costs on general obligation bonds authorized by the initiative. Payments of about $760 million per year. Unknown eventual costs, potentially in the hundreds of millions of dollars per year, to state and local governments to operate or maintain projects developed with these bond funds. (Initiative 08-0003.) (Full Text)

New1324. (07-0097, Amdt. #3S)
Criminal Justice System. Victims’ Rights. Constitutional Amendment and Statute.
Summary Date: 02/08/08 Circulation Deadline: 07/07/08 Signatures Required: 694,354

Proponent: Steven J. Ipsen (213) 700-4133

Requires notification to victim and opportunity for input during phases of criminal justice process, including bail, pleas, sentencing and parole. Establishes victim safety as primary consideration in determining bail. Requires victims have safe access to courthouses. Provides more assistance collecting restitution. Prohibits release of defendants on their own recognizance for specified crimes, including serious or violent felonies. Authorizes courts of appeal to adjudicate death penalty appeals. Creates Department of Parole to handle all parole hearings. Requires prosecutors receive certain benefits and be paid salaries comparable to similar public attorneys. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Increased state and county judicial system costs that may initially exceed $100 million and amount to tens of millions of dollars annually thereafter on a statewide basis. A net increase in costs for state prison operations that, depending on circumstances, could range from millions to hundreds of millions of dollars annually. A potential net savings in the low tens of millions of dollars for the administration of parole reviews and revocations if the changes related to parole revocation procedures were not overturned by potential legal challenges. A net increase in local government costs for county jails, work release programs, probation supervision, and other local law enforcement agencies of up to the low hundreds of millions of dollars annually on a statewide basis. (Initiative 07-0097.) (Full Text)

New1325. (07-0100, Amdt. #1NS)
Criminal Justice System. Victims’ Rights. Parole. Constitutional Amendment and Statute.
Summary Date: 02/08/08 Circulation Deadline: 07/07/08 Signatures Required: 694,354

Proponents: Henry Nicholas, Marcella Leach and LaWanda Hawkins c/o Ashlee N. Titus (916) 442-7757

Requires notification to victim and opportunity for input during phases of criminal justice process, including bail, pleas, sentencing and parole. Establishes victim safety as consideration in determining bail or release on parole. Increases the number of people permitted to attend and testify on behalf of victims at parole hearings. Reduces the number of parole hearings to which prisoners are entitled. Requires that victims receive written notification of their constitutional rights. Establishes timelines and procedures concerning parole revocation hearings. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Unknown potential increases in state prison and county jail operating costs due to provisions restricting early release of inmates. To the extent that any such costs were incurred, they could collectively amount to hundreds of millions of dollars annually. A potential net savings in the low tens of millions of dollars for the administration of parole reviews and revocations if the changes related to parole revocation procedures were not overturned by potential legal challenges. (Initiative 07-0100.) (Full Text)


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Initiatives Pending at the Attorney General's Office
as of February 8, 2008

The list below reflects those proposed measures that have been submitted to the Attorney General for preparation of the title and summary that will appear on the initiative petitions. This process takes approximately 60 days; however, if amendments are submitted by the proponent the time period is lengthened. When the official summary is complete, the Attorney General forwards it to the proponent and to the Secretary of State. The Secretary of State then provides calendar deadlines to the proponent and to the county elections officials.

Attorney General #
Approximate Due Date to
Secretary of State
Subject Proponent(s)
07-0090 - 02/15/08
The Comprehensive Safe Drinking Water, Water Supply Reliability, and Delta Restoration Act of 2008
Allan Zaremberg
07-0091 - 02/15/08
The Comprehensive Safe Drinking Water, Water Supply Reliability, and Delta Restoration Act of 2008 - Version 2
Allan Zaremberg
07-0092 - 02/15/08
The Comprehensive Safe Drinking Water, Water Supply Reliability, and Delta Restoration Act of 2008 - Version 3
Allan Zaremberg
07-0093 - 02/15/08
The Comprehensive Safe Drinking Water, Water Supply Reliability, and Delta Restoration Act of 2008 - Version 4
Allan Zaremberg
07-0094, Amdt. #1S - 2/13/07
Safe Neighborhood Act - Version 2
George C. Runner, Jr.
Gary Ovitt
Mike Reynolds
07-0099 - 02/19/08
Eminent Domain Protection Act
Don H. Lippman
Christopher A. Sutton
07-0101, Amdt. #2-S - 03/05/08
The California Renewable Energy and Clean Alternative Fuel Act - Version 1
Allison Hart
Mitzi Dudley
Thomas Daly
07-0102, Amdt. #2-S - 03/05/08
The California Renewable Energy and Clean Alternative Fuel Act - Version 2
Allison Hart
Mitzi Dudley
Thomas Daly
08-0001 - 03/05/08
Save Our Kids Initiative
Karen England
08-0002, Amdt. #1-S - 03/26/08
Ban on Killing an Unborn Baby Prior to Birth
Laura Storms
08-0004 - 03/26/08
The Ban on Destructive Human Embryo Research
Laura Storms
08-0005 - 03/26/08
The Ban on Human Cloning
Laura Storms
08-0006 - 04/01/08
The Children's Health Insurance and
Youth Smoking Prevention Act of 2008
James Keddy
Wendy Lazafus
Krystal Moreno Lee




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