Initiative Analyses

August 31

A.G. File No. 2017-009

Parole hearings for youth offenders.

This measure amends state law to expand eligibility for youth offender parole hearings.

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August 22

A.G. File No. 2017-008


This measure would prohibit abortion without exception and make the performance or procurement of an abortion a crime under state law.

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August 22

A.G. File No. 2017-007

General obligation bonds for natural resources-related programs and projects.

This measure provides $8 billion in general obligation bonds for various water, natural resources, and parks-related programs and projects (Amendment #1).

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July 19

A.G. File No. 2017-006

State parole for elderly inmates.

This measure amends statute to establish an elderly parole process.

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July 10

A.G. File No. 2017-005

Changes in California’s relationship with the United States of America.

This measure expresses the intent of California voters to seek changes in the state’s relationship with the United States of America.

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June 26

A.G. File No. 2017-004

Transportation funding, Amendment #1.

This measure would repeal all fuel and vehicle taxes and fees enacted by Chapter 5 of 2017 (SB 1, Beall) to support transportation programs, as well as most other provisions contained in the legislation.

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April 18

A.G. File No. 2017-003

Gender identity

This measure adds the following language to the State Constitution: “Free exercise and enjoyment of gender identity without discrimination or preference are guaranteed. This liberty of conscience does not excuse acts that are licentious or inconsistent with the peace or safety of the State. The Legislature shall make no law respecting an establishment of gender identity. A person is not incompetent to be a witness or juror because of his or her own gender identity.”

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April 13

A.G. File No. 2017-002

Legislative districts.

This measure amends the Constitution to (1) subdivide each Assembly and Senate district into a large number of “neighborhood districts” and (2) reduce legislative spending.

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February 23

A.G. File No. 2017-001

Child custody hearings.

This measure makes changes to child custody proceedings.

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February 16

A.G. File No. 2016-012

A national popular vote in presidential elections.

This measure asks if California’s elected officials should use all of their constitutional authority to require a candidate to receive the national popular vote in order to be elected President.

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January 11

A.G. File No. 2016-011

Proposed vote on California becoming an independent country.

This measure proposes a statewide vote on California becoming an independent country (Amendment #1).

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June 2

A.G. File No. 2016-003

Child custody. Amendment #1.

This measure allows an individual to demand a jury trial during any child custody proceedings. The measure also specifies that, in a jury trial, (1) individuals are entitled to a jury verdict and (2) the court may not contradict a jury’s verdict on the issue of “the appointment” of legal or physical custody.

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March 22

A.G. File No. 2016-002

Online signature gathering for initiative, referendum and recall petitions.

This measure would require the Secretary of State to develop a system that allows voters to sign initiative, referendum, and recall petitions electronically on a statewide internet website.

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March 11

A.G. File No. 2016-001

Use of various chemicals, pesticides, and vaccines, as well as other activities in California (Amendment #1)

This measure proposes to limit or ban the use of many materials, chemicals, activities, and procedures commonly used in California agriculture, consumer products, health care, and commercial industries.

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February 18

A.G. File No. 2015-125

State legislator lie detector tests (Amendment No. 1).

This measure contains various provisions concerning the Legislature, including requirements that legislators take lie detector tests.

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