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Presidential Race Gets the Glitz, But Voters to Decide Much More

Amy Donovan 5/3/2016
Amy Donovan

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This year’s election cycle may have taken on a bit of a carnival atmosphere, with a no-holds-barred Presidential race monopolizing much of our attention. But there are other very important contests and issues on the docket with wide ranging impact on the national, state and local levels.

First up is the California primary on June 7, when we’ll also have the opportunity to choose general election candidates for the U.S Senate seat of Barbara Boxer as well as 53 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, 20 in the state Senate and all 80 in the state Assembly. If the single statewide ballot measure, Proposition 50, is approved by voters, it would require a two-thirds majority of the house members to suspend a legislator and defines the removal of rights, privileges and powers of a suspended legislator.

The main event comes on November 8!

In the General Election we will elect the first new U.S. Senator from California in 24 years. Plus, there will be 53 U.S. House slots and 100 state legislature seats filled. And we will be selecting the very important local elected posts that impact communities every day – judges, school boards and municipal officials.

Moreover, we in California love our ballot propositions. According to the website, Ballotpedia, “This year is expected to be a record-setting year for citizen initiatives” with over a hundred initiatives proposed and filed with the Secretary of State. These propositions are a chance for the people to directly impact important issues. But that entails a responsibility to participate. blog_bagsAmong propositions eligible for the November ballot are measures that would:

  • Require voter approval of changes to the hospital fee program
  • Repeal Prop 227 of 1998, allowing for bilingual education in public schools
  • Ratify SB 270, thus prohibiting plastic single-use carryout bags
  • Require voter approval for projects that cost more than $2 billion funded by revenue bonds
  • Authorize issuance and sale of $9 billion in bonds for education and schools
  • Prohibit state agencies from paying more for a prescription drug than the lowest price paid for the same drug by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs

And there are many others in various stages of qualifying to appear.

So study up, be prepared and make a difference! See you at the polls.

SOURCES:

https://ballotpedia.org/California_2016_ballot_propositions
http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/ballot-measures/initiative-and-referendum-status/