It’s that time of the magical electoral voting season: our propositions are voted on! Many individuals in California are not aware of one of the most important things in allowing our state to run smoothly: propositions. Besides voting on, whom we would like to serve in our governments. Propositions are also known as ‘ballot measures.’ They are proposed legislations that may be induced into our government if enough voters vote ‘yes.’ Propositions differ in every state. For example, California has 11 (9 was removed from the ballot by order of the California Supreme Court) proposed propositions. Prop 9 proposed to split California into three separate states. Let’s dive into learning about what 11 props were voted in!
Proposition 1: Authorizes the state to sell $4 billion in general obligation bonds to help make affordable housing and home loans more available for low-income residents.
Who would this affect: Low-income residents, veterans, elderly, etc.
Yes: Allows the state to sell $4 billion in general obligation bonds dedicated to funding affordable housing.
Proposition 2: Approves bonds to fund current housing programs for individuals with mental illness.
Yes: The state can use existing funds to pay for housing for homeless individuals with mental illness.
Proposition 3: Allows $8.877 billion in general obligation bonds to fund projects to sustain wildlife and the quality of water.
No: The state will not be able to support environmental projects.
Proposition 4: Authorizes the state to sell $1.5 billion in bonds to supply qualifying children’s hospital with funds for construction, expansion, and renovation to better treat patients.
Yes: Allows the state to sell $1.5 billion in general obligation bonds dedicated to better treating pediatric patients.
Proposition 5: Changes the requirement for specific property owners to transfer their property tax base to replacement property.
No: Certain homeowners will continue to be eligible for property tax savings when they come to a different home.
Proposition 6: Would repeal fees and transportation law’s taxes specifically set aside for public transportation and road repairs.
No: Taxes recently passed will continue to stay in action.In the future, a majority of voters will not be required to approve new or increased state fuel and vehicle taxes.
Proposition 7: Would cause California daylight saving time to comply with federal law.
Yes: With a two-thirds vote, the Legislature can alter daylight saving time if the change is allowed by the federal government.
Proposition 8: Would regulate the amount of money that kidney dialysis clinics charge patients for their treatments.
No: Clinics will not have their earnings limited by a formula and could be required to pay rebates to certain parties that pay for dialysis treatment.
Proposition 10: Rescinds state law that restrict rent control policies imposed by cities and other local jurisdictions on residential property.
No: Laws will continue to limit rent control laws.
Proposition 11: Would cause ambulance workers to be on-call during a meal or rest break.
Yes: Private ambulance companies would continue to have EMTs and paramedics be on-duty during their meal and rest breaks, allowing them to respond to 911 calls.
Proposition 12: Would establish new standards for confining farm animals and ban the sale of non complying products.
Yes: New minimum requirements for confinement for certain animals will be instituted. Businesses would not be allowed to sell the products of animals confined in ways that did not meet these requirements.
Composed using the California General Election Official Voting Guide.