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Ballot Measure Summary
   
 
Proposition 1A
   
 
Proposition 59
   
 
Proposition 60
   
 
Proposition 60A
   
 
Proposition 61
   
 
Proposition 62
   
 
Proposition 63
   
 
Proposition 64
   
 
Proposition 65
   
 
Proposition 66
   
 
Proposition 67
   
 
Proposition 68
   
 
Proposition 69
   
 
Proposition 70
   
 
Proposition 71
   
 
Proposition 72
   
 
Bond Overview
   
  BALLOT MEASURE SUMMARY

Proposition 1A
Proposition 59
Propositon 60
Propositon 60A
Propositon 61
Propositon 62
Proposition 63
Propositon 64
Propositon 65
Propositon 66
Proposition 67
Propositon 68
Propositon 69
Propositon 70
Propositon 71
Propositon 72


Prop 1A
Protection of Local Government Revenues

 

Summary

Ensures local property tax and sales tax revenues remain with local government thereby safeguarding funding for public safety, health, libraries, parks, and other local services. Provisions can only be suspended if the Governor declares a fiscal necessity and two-thirds of the Legislature concur. Fiscal Impact: Higher local government revenues than otherwise would have been the case, possibly in the billions of dollars annually over time. Any such local revenue impacts would result in decreased resources to the state of similar amounts.

What Your Vote Means
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Yes

A YES vote on this measure means: State authority over local government finances would be significantly restricted.

  No

A NO vote on this measure means: The state's current authority over local government finances would not be affected.

Arguments
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Pro

Prop. 1A is a historic, bipartisan agreement that prevents the State from taking and using local tax dollars, which local governments use for fire and paramedic response, law enforcement, health care, and other vital services. Join Governor Schwarzenegger, firefighters, law enforcement. PROTECT LOCAL TAXPAYERS AND PUBLIC SAFETY. YES on 1A.

  Con

Proposition 1A gives local politicians a spending guarantee without fiscal oversight. It allows the State to permanently raid the property taxes of school districts, but not the property taxes of cities and counties. It locks in the local sales tax rate in the Constitution, preventing the Legislature from ever lowering it.

For Additional Information
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For
Yes on 1A Californians to Protect Local Taxpayers and Public Safety 1121 L Street, Suite 803
Sacramento, CA 95814
800-827-9086
info@yesonprop1A.com
www.yesonprop1A.com

  Against
Carole Migden, Chairwoman
State Board of Equalization
601 Van Ness Ave., #E3-611
San Francisco, CA 94102


Prop 59
Public Records, Open Meetings.
Legislative Constitutional Amendment
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Summary

Amends Constitution to include public's right of access to meetings of government bodies and writings of government officials. Preserves specified constitutional rights; retains existing exclusions for certain meetings and records. Fiscal Impact: Potential minor annual state and local government costs to make additional information available to the public.

What Your Vote Means
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Yes

A YES vote on this measure means: Californians would have a constitutional right of access to government information. A government entity would have to demonstrate to a somewhat greater extent why information requested by the public should be kept private.

  No

A NO vote on this measure means: Access to government information would continue to be governed by existing laws.

Arguments
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Pro

California's government-all three branches, statewide and local-should be as transparent as possible to the public it asks for funding, power, and trust. But too often officials and judges choose secrecy over disclosure. Proposition 59 would make transparency a constitutional duty owed to the people, to whom officials are accountable.

  Con

The press and public must, indeed, have access to the workings of state and local governments to help ensure accountability; however, the question is whether Propostion 59 goes far enough in guaranteeing that critical access.

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For
Terry Francke
Californians Aware
2218 Homewood Way
Carmichael, CA 95608
916-487-7000
terry@calaware.org
www.prop59.org

  Against
Gary B. Wesley
Attorney at Law
707 Continental Circle
Mountain View, CA 94040
408-882-5070


Prop 60
Election Rights of Political Parties.
Legislative Constitutional Amendment.

 

Summary

Requires general election ballot include candidate receiving most votes among candidates of same party for partisan office in primary election. Fiscal Impact: No fiscal effect.

What Your Vote Means
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Yes

A YES vote on this measure means: The State Constitution would require that the top vote-getter from each party in a state primary election advance to the general election. (The current statutory elections process has this requirement.)

  No

A NO vote on this measure means: No provisions would be added to the State Constitution regarding state primary elections.

Arguments
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Pro

Proposition 60 guarantees full, free, and open debate in elections. PROPOSITION 60 PRESERVES VOTER CHOICE and protects your right to select political party nominees for public office in direct primary elections. Proposition 60 gives you the right to choose from all parties and different points of view in general elections.

  Con

Proposition 60 does not go far enough. It leaves the door open to possible future tinkering with our election system.

For Additional Information
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For
Yes on 60-Committee to Preserve Voter Choice
1127 11th Street, Suite 950
Sacramento, CA 95814
916-443-5900
www.Yeson60.com

  Against
No contact information available.


Prop 60A
Surplus Property.
Legislative Constitutional Amendment.

 

Summary

Sale proceeds of most surplus state property pay off specified bonds. Fiscal Impact: Net savings over the longer term-potentially low tens of millions of dollars-from accelerated repayment of existing bonds.

What Your Vote Means
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Yes

A YES vote on this measure means: The state would be required to use any revenues from the sale of surplus property to accelerate the repayment of some existing bonds.

  No

A NO vote on this measure means: The state would not be required to use revenues from the sale of surplus property to accelerate the repayment of some existing bonds.

Arguments
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  Con

Proposition 60A does not go far enough. While it earmarks the proceeds of sale of surplus property to pay off bonds, it doesn't mandate sales.

For Additional Information
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For
No contact information available.

  Against
No contact information available.


Prop 61
Children's Hospital Projects.
Grant Program. Bond Act. Initiative Statute.

 

Summary

Authorizes $750 million general obligation bonds for grants to eligible children's hospitals for construction, expansion, remodeling, renovation, furnishing and equipping children's hospitals. Fiscal Impact: State cost of about $1.5 billion over 30 years to pay off both the principal ($750 million) and interest ($756 million) costs of the bonds. Payments of about $50 million per year.

What Your Vote Means
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Yes

A YES vote on this measure means: The state could sell $750 million in general obligation bonds for the construction, expansion, remodeling, renovation, furnishing, equipping, financing, or refinancing of children's hospitals.

  No

A NO vote on this measure means: The state would not sell the $750 million in general obligation bonds proposed for these purposes.

Arguments
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Pro

Everyday, California's Children's Hospitals save lives. Children with leukemia, cancer, cystic fibrosis, and heart disease. 80% of children with leukemia are making it. 90% are coming through delicate heart surgery. Proposition 61 doesn't raise taxes. It does give the sickest kids in California the best care on earth.

  Con

Rebuilding a few children's hospitals will make some building contractors richer; however, it will not, by itself, provide health care for anyone. What we need-in California and across America-is some sort of "single-payer" health care system which cuts out the middlemen and profiteers.

For Additional Information
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For
Charity Bracy
California Children's Hospitals Association
3914 Murphy Canyon Road, Suite 125
San Diego, CA 92123
858-974-1644
cbracy@ccha.org
www.SaveTheChildrensHospitals.com

  Against
Gary B. Wesley
Attorney at Law
707 Continental Circle
Mountain View, CA 94040
408-882-5070


Prop 62
Elections. Primaries.
Initiative Constitutional Amendment and Statute.

 

Summary

Requires primary elections where voters may vote for any state or federal candidate regardless of party registration of voter or candidate. The two primary-election candidates receiving most votes for an office, whether they are candidates with "no party" or members of same or different party, would be listed on general election ballot. Exempts presidential nominations. Fiscal Impact: No significant net fiscal effect on state and local governments.

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Yes

A YES vote on this measure means: All voters would receive the same primary election ballot for most state and federal offices. The top two vote-getting candidates-regardless of political party identification-would be placed on the general election ballot.

  No

A NO vote on this measure means: Voters would continue to receive primary election ballots based on political party identification. The top vote-getting candidate from each political party would be placed on the general election ballot.

Arguments
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Pro

The Voter Choice Primary Initiative allows every voter-including independent voters-to vote for the best candidate for office, regardless of party, in primary elections. It is similar to the method Californians have used for the past century to elect mayors, council members, county supervisors, and district attorneys.

  Con

Proposition 62 is based on Louisiana's radical election system. There, it helped KKK leader David Duke run for Governor. It:

  • ELIMINATES VOTER CHOICE in General Elections
  • UNDERCUTS opportunities for WOMEN and MINORITY candidates
  • Makes the Legislature LESS ACCOUNTABLE
  • Don't bring Louisiana's dirty politics to California!

    Vote NO!

    For Additional Information
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    For
    Californians for an Open Primary
    4150 Riverside Drive, Suite 204
    Burbank, CA 91505
    818-843-1487
    info@openprimary.org
    www.openprimary.org

      Against
    Greg Hill
    Californians for Election Accountability
    921 11th Street, Suite 400
    Sacramento, CA 95814
    info@NOon62.com
    www.NOon62.com


    Prop 63
    Mental Health Services Expansion, Funding.
    Tax on Personal Incomes Above $1 Million. Initiative Statute.

     

    Summary

    Establishes 1% tax on taxable personal income above $1 million to fund expanded health services for mentally ill children, adults, seniors. Fiscal Impact: Additional state revenues of about $800 million annually by 2006-07, with comparable annual increases in total state and county expenditures for expansion of mental health programs. Unknown partially offsetting savings to state and local agencies.

    What Your Vote Means
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    Yes

    A YES vote on this measure means: A surcharge on state personal income taxes would be enacted for taxpayers with annual taxable incomes of more than $1 million to finance an expansion of county mental health programs.

      No

    A NO vote on this measure means: Funding for county mental health programs would largely be dependent upon actions by the Legislature and Governor.

    Arguments
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    Proposition 63 expands mental health care for children and adults, using programs proven to be effective. Paid for by 1% tax on taxable personal income over $1 million. Requires strict financial accountability. Supported by nurses, mental health professionals, law enforcement, educators. Let's stop neglecting mental illness. Vote YES on Proposition 63.

      Con

    Prop. 63 is a false promise. It doesn't treat the mentally ill, but is a shortsighted substitute for long-term solutions. Built on a shaky funding scheme, 63 drives away the very taxpayers it needs, destroying its own funding source. Don't jeopardize the health of thousands with a feel-good plan.

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    Rusty Selix
    Campaign for Mental Health
    1127 11th Street, #925
    Sacramento, CA 95814
    916-557-1166
    info@YESon63.org
    www.YESon63.org

      Against
    Citizens for a Healthy California
    400 Capitol Mall, Suite 1560
    Sacramento, CA 95814
    916-491-1726
    www.HealthyCalifornia.org


    Prop 64
    Limits on Private Enforcement of
    Unfair Business Competition Laws.
    Initiative Statute.

     

    Summary

    Allows individual or class action "unfair business" lawsuits only if actual loss suffered; only government officials may enforce these laws on public's behalf. Fiscal Impact: Unknown state fiscal impact depending on whether the measure increases or decreases court workload and the extent to which diverted funds are replaced. Unknown potential costs to local governments, depending on the extent to which diverted funds are replaced.

    What Your Vote Means
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    Yes

    A YES vote on this measure means: Except for the Attorney General and local public prosecutors, no person could bring a lawsuit for unfair competition unless the person has suffered injury and lost money or property. Also, except for the Attorney General and local public prosecutors, a person pursuing such claims on behalf of others would have to meet the additional requirements of class action lawsuits.

      No

    A NO vote on this measure means: A person could bring a lawsuit under the unfair competition law without having suffered injury or lost money or property. Also, a person could bring such a lawsuit without meeting the additional requirements of class action lawsuits.

    Arguments
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    Proposition 64 closes a loophole allowing lawyers to file frivolous shakedown lawsuits against small businesses. Proposition 64 stops lawyers from pocketing most of the settlements from these bogus lawsuits. Don't be mislead by the trial lawyers' smokescreen: 64 doesn't change any of California's consumer or environmental laws! Yes on 64.

      Con

    Newspaper headlines warn: "Consumers lose if initiative succeeds." The LA Times reports Proposition 64 "would weaken a state law that allows private groups and government prosecutors to sue businesses for polluting the environment and for engaging in misleading advertising and other unfair business practices . . . the current law would be drastically curtailed."

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    Yes on 64-Californians to Stop Shakedown Lawsuits
    3001 Douglas Blvd., Suite 225
    Roseville, CA 95661
    916-766-5595
    info@yeson64.org
    www.yeson64.org

      Against
    Consumer Watchdog
    1750 Ocean Park Blvd., Suite 200
    Santa Monica, CA 90405
    310-392-0708
    NoOnProp64@consumerwatchdog.org
    www.NoOnProp64.org


    Prop 65
    Local Government Funds, Revenues. State Mandates.
    Initiative Constitutional Amendment.

     

    Summary

    Requires voter approval for reduction of local fee/tax revenues. Permits suspension of state mandate if no state reimbursement to local government within 180 days after obligation determined. Fiscal Impact: Higher local government revenues than otherwise would have been the case, possibly in the billions of dollars annually over time. Any such local revenue impacts would result in decreased resources to the state of similar amounts.

    What Your Vote Means
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    Yes

    A YES vote on this measure means: State authority over local government finances would be significantly restricted. In many cases, the state could not change local governmental finances without approval by the voters at a statewide election.

      No

    A NO vote on this measure means: The state could continue to make changes in local government finances without voter approval at a statewide election.

    Arguments
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      Con

    Our coalition submitted Prop. 65 to the voters, but we are now supporting Prop. 1A- a better, more flexible alternative to protect funding for local taxpayers and local public safety services. Join Governor Schwarzenegger, police, fire, health care, and local government leaders. Yes on Prop. 1A. NO on Prop. 65.

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    No contact information available.
      Against
    No contact information available.


    Prop 66
    Limitations on "Three Strikes" Law.
    Sex Crimes. Punishment. Initiative Statute.

     

    Summary

    Limits "Three Strikes" law to violent and/or serious felonies. Permits limited re-sentencing under new definitions. Increases punishment for specified sex crimes against children. Fiscal Impact: Over the long run, net state savings of up to several hundred million dollars annually, primarily to the prison system; local jail and court-related costs of potentially more than ten million dollars annually.

    What Your Vote Means
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    Yes

    A YES vote on this measure means: The current "Three Strikes" sentencing law would be amended to require that a second and third strike offense be a serious or violent felony, instead of any felony, in order for the longer sentences required under Three Strikes to apply. The state would be required to resentence "third strikers" whose third strike was nonviolent and nonserious. In addition, prison sentences for specified sex offenses against children would be lengthened.

      No

    A NO vote on this measure means: Current sentencing law would remain in effect, requiring offenders with one or more prior convictions for serious or violent felonies to receive longer sentences for the conviction of any new felony (not just a serious or violent felony). In addition, prison sentences for certain sex offenses against children would remain unchanged.

    Arguments
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    Pro

    PROPOSITION 66 RESTORES THREE STRIKES TO ITS ORIGINAL INTENT-ensuring criminals currently serving time for violent offenses are kept in prison, SAVING TAXPAYERS BILLIONS OF DOLLARS currently wasted imprisoning shoplifters and other nonviolent, petty offenders for life. PROPOSITION 66 PROTECTS CHILDREN WITH TOUGHER 1-STRIKE SENTENCES FOR CHILD MOLESTERS. YES ON PROPOSITION 66.

      Con

    Proposition 66 is opposed by Governor Schwarzenegger, the Attorney General, all 58 District Attorneys, the state's leading law enforcement, taxpayer, and child protection groups. Costs millions and threatens public safety by creating a legal loophole that could release an estimated 26,000 convicted felons-including rapists, child molesters, and murderers. www.Keep3Strikes.org

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    Jim Benson
    Citizens Against Violent Crime
    1625 E. 17th Street, #105
    Santa Ana, CA 92705
    1-866-3STRIKES
    cavcjim@sbcglobal.net
    www.voteyeson66.org

      Against
    Californians United for Public Safety
    campaign3@Keep3Strikes.org
    www.noProp66.org


    Prop 67
    Emergency Medical Services. Funding. Telephone Surcharge.
    Initiative Constitutional Amendment and Statute.

     

    Summary

    Increases telephone surcharge and allocates other funds for emergency room physicians, hospital emergency rooms, community clinics, emergency personnel training/equipment, and 911 telephone system. Fiscal Impact: Increased state revenues of about $500 million annually to reimburse physicians and hospitals for uncompensated emergency medical services and other specified purposes. Continues $32 million in state funding for physicians and clinics for uncompensated medical care.

    What Your Vote Means
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    YES

    A YES vote on this measure means: The state would impose a 3 percent emergency telephone surcharge, in addition to the existing surcharge, on bills for telephone services for calls made within the state. These revenues would be used to provide additional funds to reimburse physicians and hospitals for uncompensated emergency and trauma care and to fund other specified programs.

     

    No
    A NO vote on this measure means: The emergency telephone number surcharge would continue to be limited to 0.75 percent on bills for telephone services for calls made within the state. Additional funding to reimburse physicians and hospitals for uncompensated emergency and trauma care, or for other specified programs, would continue to depend largely upon action by the Legislature and Governor.

    Arguments
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    Pro

    FIREFIGHTERS, PARAMEDICS, DOCTORS, AND NURSES SAY: PROP. 67 will make sure emergency medical care is available when you and your family need it most. Emergency rooms are closing. Others are severely overcrowded. Paramedics, emergency room doctors, and nurses are overwhelmed. SAVE EMERGENCY CARE. SAVE LIVES. YES ON PROP. 67.

      Con

    Prop. 67 is a $540 million phone tax-a tax on talking. There's no cap on cell phone or business phone taxes. More than 1 million seniors will be affected. 90% of the money goes to large health care corporations and special interests -with no mandatory audits or financial controls.

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    Coalition to Preserve Emergency Care, sponsored by firefighters, paramedics, doctors, nurses, and healthcare providers
    -Yes on 67
    191 Ridgeway Avenue
    Oakland, CA 94611
    650-306-0495
    info@saveemergencycare.org
    www.saveemergencycare.org

      Against
    No on 67-Californians to Stop the Phone Tax
    916-930-0688
    www.stopthephonetax.com


    Prop 68
    Non-Tribal Commercial Gambling Expansion.
    Tribal Gaming Compact Amendments.
    Revenues, Tax Exemptions. Initiative
    Constitutional Amendment and Statute.

     

    Summary

    Authorizes tribal compact amendments. Unless tribes accept, authorizes casino gaming for sixteen non-tribal establishments. Percentage of gaming revenues fund government services. Fiscal Impact: Increased gambling revenues-potentially over $1 billion annually-primarily to local governments for additional specified services. Depending on outcome of tribal negotiations, potential loss of state revenues totaling hundreds of millions of dollars annually.

    What Your Vote Means
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    Yes

    A YES vote on this measure means: Slot machines would be authorized at 16 specific racetracks and card rooms, unless all Indian tribes with existing tribal-state gambling compacts agree to certain terms within 90 days. Under either scenario, local governments throughout the state would receive new gambling revenues, to be used primarily for additional child protective, police, and firefighting services.

      No

    A NO vote on this measure means: Slot machines would not be authorized at racetracks and card rooms. Indian tribes would continue to be subject to current tribal-state gambling compacts. Local governments would not receive new gambling revenues.

    Arguments
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    Pro

    Proposition 68 means California's immensely profitable Indian Casinos should pay their fair share to support local services. Indian Casinos choose to make a 25% contribution and live by the same regulations that affect us all or the state will authorize limited competition with an even bigger return to communities.

      Con

    Beware: Their "fair share" claim is a scam. 68 lets its FUNDERS-RACETRACKS and CARD CLUBS-operate LAS VEGAS-SIZED CASINOS throughout California-NEAR FREEWAYS and 200 SCHOOLS. MORE TRAFFIC. MORE CRIME. ANOTHER BROKEN PROMISE TO INDIANS. Governor Schwarzenegger, fire-fighters, sheriffs, police, tribes, taxpayers, labor, educators say: "NO on 68!"

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    Sheriff Lee Baca and Sheriff Lou Blanas
    A Fair Share for California
    1717 I Street
    Sacramento, CA 95814
    916-551-2538
    info@fairshareforcalifornia.org
    www.fairshareforcalifornia.org

      Against
    No on 68: Californians Against the Deceptive Gambling Proposition
    11300 W. Olympic Blvd., Suite 840
    Los Angeles, CA 90064
    800-420-8202
    info@Stop68.com
    www.Stop68.com


    Prop 69
    DNA Samples. Collection. Database.
    Funding. Initiative Statute.

     

    Summary

    Requires collection of DNA samples from all felons, and from others arrested for or charged with specified crimes, and submission to state DNA database. Provides for funding. Fiscal Impact: Net state cost to process DNA samples of potentially nearly $20 million annually when costs are fully realized. Local costs likely more than fully offset by revenues, with the additional revenues available for other DNA-related activities.

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    Yes

    A YES vote on this measure means: The state would expand the collection of DNA samples to include all convicted felons, and some convicted nonfelons, as well as individuals arrested for certain offenses. Criminal penalties would increase to fund the expansion of DNA collection.

      No

    A NO vote on this measure means: DNA samples would continue to be required only from persons convicted of serious felony offenses. Criminal penalties would not increase.

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    Requiring convicted felons and arrestees for rape/murder to submit DNA, Proposition 69 helps solve crime, prevents false imprisonment, and stops serial rapists/killers. 69 brings California law enforcement up to par with 34 states. Governor Schwarzenegger, Attorney General Lockyer, law enforcement, defense attorneys, and victims' groups say vote yes!

      Con

    Proposition 69 will not make you safer, but could trap your DNA in a criminal database. 69 treats thousands of Californians that are never charged with a crime just like the guilty. 69 risks your most sensitive, private information-your DNA. Protect your privacy. No on 69! See www.protectmyDNA.com

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    Beth Pendexter
    Californians for the DNA Fingerprint-Yes on 69
    925 L Street, Suite 1275
    Sacramento, CA 95814
    916-448-5802
    info@dnayes.org
    www.dnayes.org

      Against
    Beth Givens
    3100 5th Avenue, Suite B
    San Diego, CA 92103
    415-621-1192
    info@protectmyDNA.com
    www.protectmyDNA.com


    Prop 70
    Tribal Gaming Compacts. Exclusive Gaming
    Rights. Contributions to State. Initiative
    Constitutional Amendment and Statute.

     

    Summary

    Upon tribe's request, Governor must execute 99-year compact. Tribes contribute percentage of net gaming income to state funds, in exchange for expanded, exclusive tribal casino gaming. Fiscal Impact: Unknown effect on payments to the state from Indian tribes. The potential increase or decrease in these payments could be in the tens of millions to over a hundred million dollars annually.

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    Yes

    A YES vote on this measure means: Tribes entering a new or amended tribal-state gambling compact would make payments to the state based on their gambling income. These compacts would last 99 years and place no limits on the types or number of casino games.

      No

    A NO vote on this measure means: Tribes would continue to be subject to existing tribal-state gambling compacts, which require various types of payments to the state. Existing compacts will last up to 26 more years and place some limits on the types and number of casino games.

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    Proposition 70 will provide billions of dollars to the State and will restrict tribal gambling to Indian reservations. Both the taxpayers and Indians win: Tribes pay the same amount as every other business pays in state income taxes; in return, they can operate their casinos. That's only fair!

      Con

    PROPOSITION 70 IS A BAD DEAL FOR CALIFORNIA. Governor Schwarzenegger's negotiated agreements with Indian gaming tribes guarantee they pay their fair share and respect California laws. Proposition 70 effectively destroys these agreements. Join Governor Schwarzenegger, law enforcement, labor, environmental groups, and seniors in voting NO on Proposition 70.

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    Gene Raper
    Citizens for a Fair Share of Indian Gaming Revenues
    P.O. Box 1863
    Sacramento, CA 95812
    760-778-7413
    raper@indianfairshare.com
    www.indianfairshare.com

      Against
    No on Propositions 68 and 70-Governor Schwarzenegger's Committee for Fair Share Gaming Agreements
    1415 L Street, Suite 1245
    Sacramento, CA 95814
    916-440-1505
    info@no68and70.org
    www.no68and70.org


    Prop 71
    Stem Cell Research. Funding. Bonds.
    Initiative Constitutional
    Amendment and Statute.

     

    Summary

    This measure establishes "California Institute for Regenerative Medicine" to regulate and fund stem cell research, constitutional right to conduct such research, and oversight committee. Prohibits funding of human reproductive cloning research. Fiscal Impact: State cost of about $6 billion over 30 years to pay off both the principal ($3 billion) and interest ($3 billion) on the bonds. State payments averaging about $200 million per year.

    What Your Vote Means
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    A YES vote on this measure means: The state would establish a new state medical research institute and authorize the issuance of $3 billion in state general obligation bonds to provide funding for stem cell research and research facilities in California.

      No

    A NO vote on this measure means: Funding for stem cell research in California would depend upon actions by the Legislature and Governor and other entities which provide research funding.

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    71 authorizes stem cell research to find new CURES FOR CANCER, HEART DISEASE, DIABETES, and many other diseases, SAVE MILLIONS OF LIVES, and CUT HEALTH CARE COSTS BY BILLIONS. And, 71 prohibits cloning to create babies. Join non-profit disease organizations, Nobel Prize scientists, doctors, and nurses: Vote YES on 71.

      Con

    Adds $3 billion of bond debt to California's massive debt load. Money would fund huge, new bureaucracy to promote human embryo cloning. Few controls, no real accountability for how money is spent. Exempts new bureaucracy from aspects of "open meeting" laws. Opposed by women's groups, leading doctors, and medical ethicists.

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    YES on 71: Coalition for Stem Cell Research and Cures
    11271 Ventura Blvd.
    Studio City, CA 91604
    800-931-CURE (2873)
    info@YESon71.com
    www.YESon71.com

      Against
    Doctors, Patients, and Taxpayers for Fiscal Responsibility
    P.O. Box 2402
    Covina, CA 91722
    www.NoOn71.com


    Prop 72
    Health Care Coverage Requirements.
    Referendum.

     

    Summary

    A "Yes" vote approves, and a "No" vote rejects legislation requiring health care coverage for employees, as specified, working for large and medium employers. Fiscal Impact: Significant expenditures fully offset, mainly by employer fees, for a state program primarily to purchase private health insurance coverage. Significant county health program savings. Significant public employer health coverage costs. Significant net state revenue losses. Overall unknown net state and local savings or costs.

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    Yes

    A YES vote on this measure means: Certain employers would be required to provide health coverage for their employees and in some cases dependents through either (1) paying a fee to a new state program primarily to purchase private health insurance coverage or (2) arranging directly with health insurance providers for health care coverage. The state would also establish a new program to assist lower-income employees to pay their share of health care premiums.

      No

    A NO vote on this measure means: The state would continue to allow employers to choose whether to provide health insurance for their employees and dependents. The state would not establish a new program to provide assistance to low-income employees in paying premiums for health care coverage at their workplace.

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    Pro

    Prop. 72 keeps private health coverage within reach of working families. It requires large and mid-sized companies to pay for private coverage, caps employee share of premiums, and sets coverage standards. Doctors, nurses, and consumers agree: With premiums rising and employees losing health insurance, Prop. 72 provides needed protection.

      Con

    Proposition 72 creates a government-run healthcare scheme funded by an estimated $7 billion in new taxes on employers and workers by 2007. You could get forced from your existing plan into the government system and lose access to your doctors and hospitals. Educators, charities, taxpayers, doctors say "NO on 72."

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    Anthony Wright
    Health Access
    1127 11th Street
    Sacramento, CA 95814
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