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Prop Videos Short title Yes Vote: No Vote:
51
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School Construction Bonds

 

Yes Vote:

would authorize the state to issue $9 billion in bonds for building and fixing schools

No Vote:

the state would not have the authority to sell new bonds

52
Prop 52: Hospital Fees. Original artwork by Henry Cram.

Hospital Fees for Medi-Cal

 

Yes Vote:

imposes fees on hospitals indefinitely to fund Medi-Cal, and the funds could only be reallocated with voter approval

No Vote:

existing hospital fee for Medi-Cal would end Jan. 1, 2018 unless the legislature extends it

53
Prop 53 - Revenue Bonds | artwork Henry Cram

Revenue Bonds

 

Yes Vote:

requires statewide voter approval for revenue bonds over $2 billion 

No Vote:

no change to current revenue bond system

54
Prop 54: Publish Bills Before Voting

Publishing Legislative Bills

 

Yes Vote:

requires legislature to post bills on the internet 3 days before voting, and requires audio and video recordings to be posted online

No Vote:

no change to current system

55
Prop 55: Tax Extension for Education

Tax Extension for Education

 

Yes Vote:

would extend personal income taxes on high-income households to fund education and healthcare

No Vote:

the extra personal income tax would end Dec. 31, 2018

56
Prop 56: Cigarette Tax original art by Henry Cram

Cigarette Tax

 

Yes Vote:

increases cigarette tax by $2 tax a pack and a similar increases on most other tobacco products and e-cigarettes

No Vote:

no new taxes on tobacco products

57
Prop 57: Criminal Sentencing. Original artwork by Henry Cram.

Criminal Sentencing

 

Yes Vote:

certain non-violent offenders could get out on parole earlier, plus judges would decide if  juveniles are tried as adults.

No Vote:

parole criteria stay the same; minors can be tried as adults without a hearing in juvenile court

58
Prop 58: English Language Education

English Proficiency

 

Yes Vote:

would make it easier for public schools to decide how to teach students learning English in bilingual or English-immersion classes

No Vote:

things stay as they are, requiring English-only programs for most English learners

59
Prop 59: Overturn Citizens United

Corporate Political Spending

 

Yes Vote:

would ask California's elected officials to use their authority to increase regulation of campaign spending and contributions (undo Citizens United)

No Vote:

elected officials would not be asked to try to change campaign spending regulations

60
Prop 60 Safety First in Adult Films. Original art by Henry Cram.

Adult Film Regulation

 

Yes Vote:

the state should regulate and license the porn industry and be sure condoms are used.

No Vote:

there would be no change to current adult film regulations

61
Prop 61: Prescrition Drug Prices. Original artwork by Henry Cram.

State Prescription Drug Prices

Yes Vote:

state agencies can't pay more for any prescription drug than the lowest price paid by the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs

No Vote:

state agencies continue to negotiate drug prices on their own

62
Prop 62: Death to the death penalty. Original art by Henry Cram.

Abolish Death Penalty

 

Yes Vote:

repeals California’s death penalty and replaces it with life in prison without parole

No Vote:

would keep the death penalty as part of California’s criminal sentencing laws**

63
PROP 63: Gun and Ammunition Control. Artwork by Henry Cram.

Ammunition Sales & Background Checks

 

Yes Vote:

new restrictions for buying and selling ammunition including background checks

No Vote:

no new firearm or ammunition requirements

64
Prop 64: Legalization of Recreational Marijuana

Legalize Marijuana

 

Yes Vote:

adults could legally grow, possess and use marijuana

No Vote:

only medical marijuana would be legal

65
Prop 65: Sale of Reusable Bags. Original artwork by Henry Cram.

Sale of Reusable Bags

 

Yes Vote:

would divert the money from the sale of reusable bags into a state environmental fund

 No Vote:

money from the sale of reusable bags could go to any purpose*

66
Prop 66: Reform Death Penalty Appeals. Original art by Henry Cram

Death Penalty Reform

 

Yes Vote:

changes procedures for death penalty appeals to speed up the process

No Vote:

no changes to current law**

67
 Prop 67 - Ban on Plastic Bags

Ban Plastic Bags

 

Yes Vote:

a state-wide ban on plastic bags would take effect, stores would keep the money from selling reusable bags

No Vote:

grocery stores would continue to provide free plastic bags unless local laws prohibit it*


 

* If both plastic bag measures (Props 65 and 67) pass, the one with the most votes becomes law

**If both death penalty measures (Props 62 and 66) pass, the one with the most votes becomes law

 

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