30 September 2008
At press time, the Governor was considering four more initiatives but due to the “budget battles” and threats we do not know if these will be added. Given several
proposed budget “solutions” that would require voter approval, the Legislature
may also still add measures to this list but time is running very short. Here is an
advance look at the measures certified thus far.
Proposition 1 – High Speed Passenger Rail Train Bond
A multi-billion dollar bond measure originally scheduled for the November 2004
ballot, then postponed to November 2006 and again to 2008.
Proposition 2 – Treatment of Farm Animals
An initiative statute to require that confinement of specified farm animals allow
the animals for the majority of every day to fully extend their limbs or wings, lie
down, stand up, and turn around.
Proposition 3 – Children’s Hospital Bond
An initiative statute proposing a multimillion dollar bond to fund the construction,
expansion, remodeling, renovation, furnishing and equipping of children’s
Proposition 4 – Parental Notification
An initiative constitutional amendment prohibiting termination of pregnancy for
an unemancipated minor until 48 hours after physician notifies minor’s parent,
legal guardian or, if parental abuse reported, an adult family member.
Proposition 5 – Nonviolent Drug Offender Rehabilitation
An initiative statute to require the State to increase funding and oversight for treatment and rehabilitation programs for nonviolent drug offenders and parolees.
Proposition 6 – Anti-Gang Penalties
An initiative statute to require new state spending on various programs to combat
crime and gangs, and to operate prison and parole systems. Increases various penalties for several crimes, and eliminates bail for illegal immigrants.
Proposition 7 – Renewable Energy Requirements
An initiative statute to require all utilities to generate increasing percentages of their
power from renewable energy in stair step stages by 2025.
Proposition 8 – Gay Marriage Ban
An initiative constitutional amendment to provide that only marriage between a man
and a woman is valid or recognized in California.
Proposition 9 – Victims’ Rights
An initiative constitutional amendment and statute requiring numerous changes
and greater victim participation in various phases of the criminal justice process.
Proposition 10– Alternative Energy Bond
An initiative statute to authorize a multibillion dollar bond allocated in various
percentages as incentives for: research, development and production of renewable
energy technology, and alternative fuel vehicle technology.
Proposition 11 – Redistricting
An initiative constitutional amendment and statute to create a redistricting commission responsible for drawing new district lines for State Senate, Assembly,
and Board of Equalization districts.