BALLOT MEASURES

On the November 2022 ballot, voters will be asked to consider 7 policy proposals, from abortion to zero emission vehicles. Below are brief summaries of these propositions:

Proposition 1: Puts abortion safeguards in the California constitution. This proposed constitutional amendment was introduced in the California Legislature and passed with the overwhelming support of both chambers in June 2022. If approved by the voters, it would bar the state from denying or interfering with a person's right to choose an abortion and contraceptives.

Propositions 26 and 27: Two approaches to legalizing sports gambling.

Prop 27 would allow Californians to bet on sports and other competitions online, but only through certified gaming tribes and large, well-established out-of-state online betting companies. The measure is funded by industry giants FanDuel and Draft Kings. It could potentially direct millions of dollars to housing and services for homeless Californians but explicitly sidesteps the General Fund.

Prop 26 is supported by some of the state's tribal governments and would only legalize sports betting in-person at tribal casinos and designated horse tracks.  The measure, which would also allow tribes to offer roulette and other dice games, would potentially raise millions of dollars for the state budget, most of which would be spent at the discretion of the governor and Legislature.

Proposition 28: Extra school funding for arts and music. Sponsored by former Los Angeles Unified School District superintendent Austin Beutner, this measure would require the state to set aside a share of its revenue — likely between $800 million to $1 billion per year — for arts and education classes. The new money would be disproportionately reserved for schools with many low-income students to hire new arts staff. 

Proposition 29: Kidney clinic rules, third time a charm? This measure creates a host of new restrictions for dialysis clinics, including a requirement that a doctor, nurse practitioner, or a physician assistant be on site during all treatment hours. Centers would also be required to get state approval before shuttering or reducing services and to publicly list any doctors who have at least a 5% ownership stake in a clinic. The Service Employees International Union-United Healthcare Workers West, the union supporting this measure, has tried, and failed to persuade voters to support new dialysis center regulations twice before, in 2018 and 2020, over vehement and very costly industry opposition. 

Proposition 30: Millionaires to help fund electric cars. This measure would impose a new 1.75% tax on any individual’s income of more than $2 million per year to raise between $3 billion to $4.5 billion each year to fund a collection of greenhouse gas reducing initiatives. Most of the money would go toward new incentives for Californians to buy zero-emission vehicles and to build new electric charging or hydrogen fueling stations. A quarter of the new money would go toward wildfire fighting and prevention efforts. 

 

Proposition 31: Reconsiders a flavored tobacco ban. In 2020, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill banning the sale of all flavored tobacco products, whether smoked, chewed, or vaped. The tobacco industry gathered enough signatures to ask voters to overturn the law with this referendum. 

 

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