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A.G. File No. 2017-028 October 25
Taxes to fund public schools and colleges
This measure amends the State Constitution to prohibit state and local governments from levying taxes and fees on “California residents who do not have students they are financially responsible for enrolled in” the public education system in order to pay for components of that system.
A.G. File No. 2017-027 October 23
Consumer privacy
This measure places various requirements on businesses that collect, buy, or share personal information for commercial purposes. (Amendment #1)
A.G. File No. 2017-026 October 18
Impose new standards for confining certain farm animals.
This measure phases in new requirements over the next several years that increase the minimum size of restrictive enclosures used by California farmers to confine egg-laying hens, breeding pigs, and calves raised for veal.
A.G. File No. 2017-025 October 17
Online education at the University of California.
This measure amends the California Constitution by requiring the Board of Regents to create an entity known as the University of California Online (UCO) and requires UCO to offer in an online format all existing publicly funded courses and programs at University of California, California State University, and California Community College. (Amendment #1)
A.G. File No. 2017-024 October 16
Psilocybin legalization.
This measure “exempts adults, 21 and over, from criminal penalties and decriminalizes adult use of Psilocybin.”
A.G. File No. 2017-023 October 12
Voting rights for individuals in prison and under parole supervision.
This measure allows individuals in prison or on parole to vote.(Amendment No. 1)
A.G. File No. 2017-022 October 12
Criminal prosecution of law enforcement officers.
This measure requires that law enforcement officers subject to criminal prosecution related to the use of lethal or near-lethal force be held to “a reasonable person standard that is—both in theory and in practice—equal to or higher than that required for an ordinary citizen to prevail on a self-defense claim.” The measure also requires that any criminal prosecution of a law enforcement officer for a criminal offense must be resolved in a jury trial if related to (1) an abuse of power or authority, (2) an unlawful or excessive use of force while on duty, or (3) a violent felony regardless of whether it occurs while the officer is on-duty.
A.G. File No. 2017-021 October 11
State sales tax and teacher compensation.
This measure require teachers to earn no less than state legislators and increases state sales tax rates (Amendment No. 2).
A.G. File No. 2017-020 October 10
Ending California’s “top two” primary.
This measure removes from the Constitution the language that voters approved under Proposition 14 that established the “top two” primary.
A.G. File No. 2017-019 October 9
Amend the Constitution to allow and facilitate future, but unknown, legislative actions that could substantially increase state healthcare spending and associated tax revenues.
This measure amends the State Constitution to (1) create a new special fund whose purpose is to fund healthcare-related goods and services, (2) allow the Legislature to pass tax increases with a simple majority vote—rather than a two-thirds vote—as long as the revenues from the new taxes are dedicated to the new special fund, (3) exempt state revenues placed in the fund from any appropriations limit, revenue limit, or spending formula. We describe these changes in greater detail below.
A.G. File No. 2017-018 October 9
Splitting California into three new U.S. states.
This measure amends state statutes, but not the State Constitution, to seek approval for California to split into three new U.S. states. (Amendment No. 1)
A.G. File No. 2017-017 October 6
California voters directing the California Legislature to apply for a constitutional convention pursuant to Article V of the U.S. Constitution.
This measure requires the Legislature to apply to the Congress for a constitutional convention to propose amendments to the U.S. Constitution. (Amendment No. 1)
A.G. File No. 2017-016 October 5
Rules of professional conduct for attorneys.
This measure requires that the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct be the rules for all California State Bar members, if approved by the California Supreme Court. (Amendment No. 1)
A.G. File No. 2017-015 September 28
Staffing and pricing requirements for kidney dialysis providers. (Amendment No. 1)
This measure places new operational requirements on chronic dialysis clinics and require rebates, primarily to commercial health insurers, when total revenues exceed a specified cap. (Amendment No. 1)
A.G. File No. 2017-014 September 29
Pricing requirements for kidney dialysis providers. (Amendment No. 1).
This measure requires chronic dialysis clinics to provide rebates, primarily to commercial health insurers, when total revenues exceed specified cap. (Amendment No. 1)