Statewide Ballot Measures
Proposition 51: School Bond Funding.PASS (53.9% to 46.1%%).
This measure would permit the state to sell $9 billion in general obligation bonds for education facilities ($7 billion for K-12 public school facilities and $2 billion for community college facilities).
Proposition 52: State Fees on Hospitals.PASS (69.7% to 30.3%%)
This measure would extend permanently an existing charge imposed on most private hospitals that is scheduled to end on January 1, 2018. Â Revenue raised would be used to create state savings, increase payments for hospital services to low-income Californians, and provide grants to public hospitals.
Proposition 53: Revenue Bonds.FAIL (48.5% to 51.5%)
This measure would require statewide voter approval on all state revenue bonds totaling more than $2 billion for a project that is funded, owned, or managed by the state.
Proposition 54: Legislature. Legislation and Proceedings.PASS (64.3% to 35.7%)
This measure would require any bill (including changes to the bill) to be made available to legislators and posted on the Internet for at least 72 hours before the Legislature could pass it. The Legislature would have to ensure that its public meetings are recorded and make videos of those meetings available on the Internet.
Proposition 55 - Tax Extension.PASS (62.1% to 37.9%)
This measure would extend the income tax increases on high-income taxpayers, which are scheduled to end after 2018.Â Under the measure, these taxes would be extended through 2030.
Proposition 56: Cigarette Tax.PASS (62.9% to 37.1%)
This measure would increase state excise taxes on cigarettes by $2 per packâ€”from 87 cents to $2.87. Â It would also increase state excise taxes on other tobacco products by a similar amount and apply the taxes to electronic cigarettes. Revenue from these higher taxes would be used for many purposes, but primarily to augment spending on health care for low-income Californians.
Proposition 57: Juvenile Criminal Proceedings and Sentencing.PASS (63.7% to 36.3%)
This measure would (1) require the California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation (CDCR) to develop regulations to and allow certain state prison inmates convicted of nonviolent felony offenses to be considered for release earlier than otherwise; (2) permit the California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation (CDCR) to develop regulations for and award additional sentencing credits to inmates for good behavior and approved rehabilitative or educational achievements; and (3) provide sole discretion to the courts to decide whether youth should be tried in juvenile or adult court.
Proposition 58 - English language education.PASS (72.5% to 27.5%)
This measure would allow public schools to more easily choose how to teach English learners, whether in English-only, bilingual, or other types of programs.
Proposition 59 - Campaign Finance: Voter Instruction.PASS (52.4% to 47.6%)
This measure would ask voters to require their elected officials to use their constitutional authority to seek increased regulation of campaign spending and contributions. As an advisory measure, Proposition 59 does not require any particular action by the Congress or California Legislature.
Proposition 60 - Adult Films. Condoms. Health Requirements.FAIL 46.1% to 53.9%)
This measure would institute additional workplace health and safety requirements placed on adult film productions in California and additional ways to enforce those requirements.
Proposition 61 - State Drug Purchases. Pricing Standards.FAIL (46.3% to 53.7%)
This measure would prohibit state agencies from paying more for any prescription drug than the lowest price paid by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for the same drug.
Proposition 62 - Death Penalty.FAIL (46.1% to 53.9%)
This measure would abolish the death penalty and convert death penalty offendersâ€™ sentences to life without the possibility of parole, which would be the biggest penalty provided for the most heinous offenses.
Proposition 63 - Firearms. Ammunition Sales.PASS (62.7% to 37.3%)
This measure would create a new court process for the removal of firearms from individuals upon conviction of certain crimes. It also contains new requirements related to the selling or purchasing of ammunition.
Proposition 64 - Marijuana Legalization.PASS (56.1% to 43.9%)
This measure would permit adults 21 years of age or older to legally grow, possess, and use marijuana for nonmedical purposes, with certain restrictions. The state would regulate nonmedical marijuana businesses and tax the growing and selling of medical and nonmedical marijuana. Most of the revenue from such taxes would support youth programs, environmental protection, and law enforcement.
Proposition 65 â€“ Carryout Bags. Charges.FAIL (44.6% to 55.4%)
This measure would (1) prohibit giving customers certain carryout bags for free and (2) require a charge for other types of carryout bags with the resulting revenue being deposited in a new state fund to support certain environmental programs instead of allowing retailers to retain the funds.
Proposition 66 â€“ Death Penalty. Procedures.PASS (50.9% to 49.1%)
This measure would reform the death penalty process.Â More specifically, it would revise the court procedures for legal challenges to death sentences including addressing time limits on challenges and revise rules to increase the number of available attorneys for those challenges. Additionally, it would provide that condemned inmates could be housed at any state prison.
Proposition 67 â€“ Referendum â€“ Ban on Single-Use Plastic Bags.PASS (52.0% to 48.0%)
This measure would prohibit most grocery stores, convenience stores, large pharmacies, and liquor stores from providing single-use plastic carryout bags. Stores generally would be required to charge at least 10 cents for any other carryout bag provided to customers at checkout. Stores would keep the resulting revenue.