Voters to Decide on Eight Measures, Some Controversial

Among the propositions is one that would legalize marijuana in California.

Written by DANNY TSANG / Published October 15, 2010

California’s registered voters will cast their votes on several statewide measures on Tuesday, November 2. This year, there are eight measures on the ballot.

Proposition 19 deals with the legalization of marijuana, which is currently illegal, according to the federal government. However, the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes has been allowed for years. If Proposition 19 passes, marijuana will not only be officially permitted, but it will also be regulated and taxed.

The Voters First Act for Congress, supported by proponent Charles T. Munger, Jr. and also called Proposition 20, is an initiative constitutional amendment that hands over control of redistricting congressional districts to an independent commission.

The State Parks and Wildlife Conservation Trust Fund Act, which is an initiative statute known as Proposition 21, establishes an annual $18 vehicle license surcharge to help support state parks and wildlife programs. In addition, surcharged vehicles would be granted free admission to all state parks

. Proposition 22, or the “Local Taxpayer, Public Safety and Transportation Protection Act of 2010,” is an initiative constitutional amendment that outlaws the state from taking funds used for transportation purposes and local government projects and services.

“California Jobs Initiative”, listed as Proposition 23, suspends state air pollution control laws requiring major polluters to report and reduce greenhouse emissions that cause global warming until unemployment drops below a specified level for a full year.

In addition, Proposition 24 is the “Repeal Corporate Tax Loopholes Act,” which annuls the latest legislation that would permit businesses to carry back losses, share tax credits, and use a sales-based income calculation to lower taxable income.

Proposition 25 serves as an initiative constitutional amendment, nicknamed the “Passing the Budget On Time Act” that changes the legislation vote requirement to pass a budget from two-thirds to a simple majority while retaining a two-thirds vote requirement for taxes

If passed, Proposition 26 will increase legislation vote requirement to two-third for state levies and charges as an initiative constitutional amendment. It will also impose additional requirement for voters to approve of local levies and charges with limited exceptions.

Known as Proposition 27, “The California Financial Accountability in Redistricting Act” is designated in eliminating state commissions on redistricting and consolidates authority for redistricting with elected representatives.

Voters in California can vote for these proposed measures from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at polling places.

The last day to register to vote is Monday, October 18. The last day to apply for a vote-by-mail ballot is Tuesday, October 26.

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