California Ballot 2016

State Measures (17)

Proposition 51

Authorizes issuance and sale of $9 billion in bonds for education and schools

A YES vote would be a vote in favor of the state issuing $9 billion in bonds to fund improvement and construction of school facilities for K-12 schools and community colleges.
A NO vote would be a vote against the state issuing $9 billion in new debt to fund the improvement and construction of education facilities.
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Proposition 52

Requires voter approval of changes to the hospital fee program

A YES vote would ensure that Medi-Cal fees would be directed to children’s health services, Medi-Cal health care services, and uninsured patient care by increasing the vote required for changing fee allocation to a two-thirds majority.
A NO vote would not ensure that Medi-Cal fees would be directed to children’s health services, Medi-Cal health care services, and uninsured patient care by increasing the vote required for changing fee allocation to a two-thirds majority.
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Proposition 53

Requires voter approval for projects that cost more than $2 billion funded by revenue bonds

A YES vote will be a vote in favor of requiring voter approval before the state could issue more than $2 billion in public infrastructure bonds that would require an increase in taxes or fees for repayment.
A NO vote will be a vote against the voter approval requirement and in favor of continuing to allow the state to issue new debt without voter approval.
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Proposition 54

Prohibits the legislature from passing any bill until it has been in print and published on the Internet for 72 hours prior to the vote

A YES vote will be a vote in favor of prohibiting the legislature from passing any bill until it has been in print and published on the Internet for 72 hours prior to the vote.
A NO vote will be a vote against prohibiting the legislature from passing any bill until it has been in print and published on the Internet for 72 hours prior to the vote.
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Proposition 55

Extends the temporary personal income tax increases on incomes over $250,000 implemented by Proposition 30

A YES vote would extend the temporary personal income tax increases approved in 2012 on incomes over $250,000 for 12 years to be used for education and healthcare funding.
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Proposition 56

Increases the cigarette tax to $2.00 per pack

A YES vote favors increasing the cigarette tax to $2.00 per pack, with equivalent increases on other tobacco products and electronic cigarettes.
A NO vote opposes increasing the cigarette tax to $2.00 per pack, with equivalent increases on other tobacco products and electronic cigarettes.
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Proposition 57

Increases parole chances for felons convicted of non-violent crimes and give them more opportunities to earn credits for good behavior

A YES vote would increase parole chances for felons convicted of non-violent crimes and give them more opportunities to earn credits for good behavior. It would also allow judges, not prosecutors, to decide whether to try certain juveniles as adults in court.
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Proposition 58

Ammends Prop 227 of 1998, thus allowing for multilingual education in public schools

A YES vote is a vote in favor of amending most of the 1998 Proposition 227, the “English in Public Schools” Initiative, thus effectively allowing non-English languages to be used in public educational instruction.
A NO vote is a vote against amending most of the “English in Public Schools” Initiative, which was designed to prohibit non-English languages from being used in public schools.
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Proposition 59

Indicates whether voters approve of California State Legislators using what influence they have over federal issues to overturn Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission and “to make clear that corporations should not have the same constitutional rights as human beings.”

A YES vote is a vote in favor of overturning the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision.
A NO vote is a vote against overturning the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision.

Proposition 60

Requires the use of condoms in all pornographic films featuring sexual intercourse produced in California

A YES vote would be a vote in favor of requiring the use of condoms and other protective measures during the filming of pornographic films, as well as requiring pornography producers to pay for certain health requirements and checkups.
A NO vote would be a vote against requiring the use of condoms and other safety measures during the filming of pornographic films.

Proposition 61

Prohibits state agencies from paying more for a prescription drug than the lowest price paid for the same drug by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs

A YES vote is a vote in favor of regulating drug prices by requiring state agencies to pay the same prices that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (USDVA) pays for prescription drugs.
A NO vote is a vote against regulating drug prices by requiring state agencies to pay the same prices that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (USDVA) pays for prescription drugs.

Proposition 62

Repeals the death penalty in the state of California

A YES vote is a vote in favor of repealing the death penalty.
A NO vote is a vote against repealing the death penalty.

Proposition 63

Prohibits possession of large capacity ammunition magazines and requires individuals to pass a background check and receive authorization from the Department of Justice in order to purchase ammunition

A YES vote will be a vote in favor of prohibiting the possession of large-capacity ammunition magazines.
A NO vote will be a vote against prohibiting the possession of large-capacity ammunition magazines

Proposition 64

Legalizes marijuana and hemp under state law and enacts certain sales and cultivation taxes

A YES vote is a vote in favor of legalizing marijuana and hemp under state law and enacting certain sales and cultivation taxes.
A NO vote is a vote against legalizing marijuana and hemp under state law and enacting certain sales and cultivation taxes.

Proposition 65

Redirects money collected from the sale of grocery and retail carry-out bags to a special fund administered by the Wildlife Conservation Board

A YES vote is a vote in favor of redirecting money collected from the sale of carry-out bags by grocery or other retail stores to a special fund administered by the Wildlife Conservation Board.
A NO vote is a vote against redirecting money collected from the sale of carry-out bags by grocery or other retail stores to a special fund administered by the Wildlife Conservation Board.

Proposition 66

Changes procedures governing state court appeals and petitions challenging death penalty convictions and sentences

A YES vote would change procedures governing state court appeals and petitions challenging death penalty convictions and sentences.

Proposition 67

Ratifies SB 270, thus prohibiting plastic single-use carryout bags

A YES vote is a vote in favor of upholding or ratifying the contested legislation banning plastic bags that was enacted by the California State Legislature under the name Senate Bill 270.
A NO vote is a vote in favor of overturning Senate Bill 270.