To date, California Secretary of State Alex Padilla has certified 18 ballot measures to appear on this year’s ballot. The measures cover a wide array of public policy issues for California voters to consider.
Gun control measures call for a ban on large-capacity ammunition magazines and background checks for the purchase of ammunition.
Another measure calls for a two dollar per pack tax on cigarettes to fund health care programs as well as tobacco use prevention and control programs. The tax would also apply to electronic cigarettes and other products that contain nicotine.
On the issue of recreational marijuana, California could join Colorado, Oregon, Alaska and Washington to become the fifth state in the nation to legalize the recreational use of marijuana.
In regards to bonds, a key measure would give voters an opportunity to weigh in on using bonds to fund two key projects—a high-speed rail system and the proposed twin-tunnel water project in the state’s delta. The ballot will also include a $9 billion bond measure to fund school construction.
Proponents are once again hoping to ban California’s death penalty and replace it with life in prison without the possibility of parole—a similar measure failed in 2012. On the other hand, a separate measure calls for the death penalty to be expedited.
Other initiatives include an extension of Proposition 30, California’s so called Millionaire Tax for another twelve years; a reduction in prison sentences for non-violent crimes to reduce the state’s prison population; a requirement for private hospitals to pay a fee into the state’s Medi-Cal fund; a repeal of Proposition 227 initially passed in 1998 that ended bi-lingual education in the state; a requirement for actors to wear condoms when filming sex scenes in adult movies; a measure that would cap the amount the state can be charged for prescription drugs purchased for Medi-Cal patients; a legislative transparency me a s u r e that would require bills to be in print for 72 hours before a vote; and finally, a measure that would authorize state legislators to do everything within their power to overturn the controversial 2010 Citizens United ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court.