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November Statewide Ballot Measures

Following are the ballot measures for the November 3, 2020, General Election, and the recommendation from the CAGOP:

  • Proposition 14 (Bonds)More debt to fund stem cell research – Issues $5.5 billion in bonds for state stem cell research institute. Initiative Statute.  Recommendation: NO 
  • Proposition 15 (Taxes) Split Roll.  Requires commercial and industrial properties to be taxed based on market value despite opposition from county assessors who say it can’t be implemented. Initiative Constitutional Amendment.  Recommendation: NO – Visit NoOnProp15.org
  • Proposition 16 (Affirmative Action) Reintroduces racial discrimination. – Repeals Proposition 209 (1996), which prohibited the state from considering race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in public employment, education, or contracting. ACA 5, Resolution Chapter 23, Statutes of 2020. Recommendation: NO – Visit StopProp16.org
  • Proposition 17 (Suffrage) Parolee Voting – Gives the right to vote to people convicted of felonies who are on parole. ACA 6, Resolution Chapter 24, Statutes of 2020. Recommendation: NO 
  • Proposition 18 (Suffrage) Lower voting age – Allows 17-year-olds who will be 18 at the time of the next general election to vote in primaries and special elections. ACA 4, Resolution Chapter 30, Statutes of 2020. Recommendation: NO 
  • Proposition 19 (Taxes) Property Tax Portability and Transfers – Allows for broader portability of Proposition 13 tax benefits but increases property assessments on certain property following intergenerational transfers where beneficiaries do not reside on the property. ACA 11, Resolution Chapter 31, Statutes of 2020.  No Action Taken 
  • Proposition 20 (Law Enforcement) Keep California Safe Act – Reverses excesses of Propositions 47 and 57 which have resulted in an increase in certain crimes.  Restricts parole for certain offenders. Re-authorizes felony sentences for certain offenses currently treated as misdemeanors. Initiative Statute. Recommendation: YES – Visit KeepCalSafe.org
  • Proposition 21 (Housing) Expands local governments’ authority to enact rent control on residential property. Initiative Statute.   Recommendation: NO 
  • Proposition 22 (Business) Gig Economy – Considers app-based drivers to be independent contractors and enacts industry-specific labor policies including minimum compensation, health care subsidies and background checks. Initiative Statute. Recommendation: YES – Visit YesOn22.com
  • Proposition 23 (Healthcare) Authorizes State Regulation of Kidney Dialysis Clinics. Establishes Minimum Staffing and Other Requirements – Requires physician on-site at dialysis clinics and consent from the state for a clinic to close. Initiative Statute. Recommendation: NO – Visit NoProp23.com
  • Proposition 24 (Business) Establishes new government agency – Expands the provisions of the recently passed California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) and creates the California Privacy Protection Agency to implement and enforce the CCPA. Initiative Statute. Recommendation: NO 
  • Proposition 25 (Trials) Referendum to overturn a 2018 law that replaced the privately run cash bail system with a government run risk assessment system for suspects awaiting trial. Recommendation: Vote NO to retain the cash bail system. Visit StopProp25.com

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