It’s An Election Year…

So Get Out and Vote!

History & Politics

2010 is an election year in the state of California and in addition to us finally getting a new governor, there are important measures on this ballot this year. The most controversial and popular of these of course is Proposition 19 – legalizing marijuana in the state of California. However, don’t let the smoke haze cause you to miss the other measures on the ballot. In case you bypassed the other measures that will be in front of you on Tuesday, here is a list of what they are and how they will affect us:

Proposition 19

Legalizes Marijuana Under California but Not Federal Law. Permits Local Governments to Regulate and Tax Commercial Production, Distribution, and Sale of Marijuana. Initiative Statute.

Proposition 20

Redistricting of Congressional Districts. Initiative Constitutional Amendment.

Proposition 21

Establishes $18 Annual Vehicle License Surcharge to Help Fund State Parks and Wildlife Programs. Grants Surcharged Vehicles Free Admission to All State Parks. Initiative Statute.

Proposition 22

Prohibits the State from Borrowing or Taking Funds Used for Transportation, Redevelopment, or Local Government Projects and Services. Initiative Constitutional Amendment.

Proposition 23

Suspends Implementation of Air Pollution Control Law (AB 32) Requiring Major Sources of Emissions to Report and Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions That Cause Global Warming, Until Unemployment Drops to 5.5 Percent or Less for Full Year. Initiative Statute.

Proposition 24

Repeals Recent Legislation That Would Allow Businesses to Lower Their Tax Liability. Initiative Statute.

Proposition 25

Changes Legislative Vote Requirement to Pass Budget and Budget-Related Legislation from Two-Thirds to a Simple Majority. Retains Two-Thirds Vote Requirement for Taxes. Initiative Constitutional Amendment.

Proposition 26

Requires That Certain State and Local Fees Be Approved by Two-Thirds Vote. Fees Include Those That Address Adverse Impacts on Society or the Environment Caused by the Fee-Payer’s Business. Initiative Constitutional Amendment.

Proposition 27

Eliminates State Commission on Redistricting. Consolidates Authority for Redistricting with Elected Representatives. Initiative Constitutional Amendment and Statute.

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