November 8, 2016, State Propositions Review

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The Apartment Association takes positions on State and local voting measures that impact the rental housing industry. This November, there are 17 State propositions, but only one of which will have an impact on rental housing. That ballot measure is Proposition 51, which authorizes $9 billion in general obligations bonds for school construction and modernization. The Apartment Asso ciation supports the measure, not only because the measure is necessary to fix and modernize California’s broken public schools, but it also takes a common-sense approach to paying for the construction by using bonds instead of local parcel or property taxes. The Apartment Association is not taking a position on the other 16 State propositions because they are unrelated to the rental housing industry.

The following are descriptions of each of the statewide propositions to be voted on, on November 8, 2016:

1. Proposition 51: Authorizes $9 billion in general obligation bonds for school construction and modernization:
SUPPORT.
2. Proposition 52: Requires a two-thirds vote of the Legislature to amend laws that require hospitals to pay fees that are used for obtaining federal matching funds for Medi-Cal.
3. Proposition 53: Requires voter approval for the State to issue more than $2 billion in bonds to finance a single project.
4. Proposition 54: Requires bills to be in print for 72 hours before being acted upon in the Legislature.
5. Proposition 55: Extends Prop. 30 (of 2012) income tax rate on high earners for an additional 12 years.
6. Proposition 56: Increases the tobacco tax by $2 per pack.
7. Proposition 57: Requires judges, instead of prosecutors, to determine if criminal defendants under 18 years of age should be tried in juvenile court.
8. Proposition 58: Amends 1998’s Prop 227 to allow public school students who speak limited English to be taught in languages other than English.
9. Proposition 59: Seeks voter opinion on whether the Legislature should use whatever influence or power it has to overturn the Citizens United decision, which prohibits the government from restricting independent political expenditures by nonprofit corporations.
10. Proposition 60: Requires adult film performers to use condoms.
11. Proposition 61: Prohibits the State from paying more for prescription drugs than prices paid by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
12. Proposition 62: Repeals the death penalty, and replaces it with life without the possibility of parole.
13. Proposition 63: Prohibits the possession of large-capacity ammunition magazines; requires background checks for ammunition purchases; requires lost or stolen guns to be reported to law enforcement.
14. Proposition 64: Legalizes marijuana use beyond medicinal purposes, and institutes a tax on marijuana sales.
15. Proposition 65: Redirects money collected by retail stores from selling carry-out bags to a fund administered by the Wildlife Conser vation Board.
16. Proposition 66: Sets time limits on State court death penalty reviews, and requires appointed attorneys who take non-capital appeals to accept death penalty appeals.
17. Proposition 67: Referendum to overturn SB 270: the plastic bag ban.

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