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From Marijuana to Air Pollution, Californians to Vote on 10 Props in November Election

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Thursday was the deadline for any propositions to quality for the November 2nd ballot. When all was said and done, California ended up with ten that will surely be debated over the coming months. "The range of measures means voters will be spending hours studying the ballot pamphlet before they make their yes/no decision in November," noted an e-mail newsletter from the locally-based Center for Government Studies which put out the handy below list briefly describing each one.

But a word of warning: the order below does not necessarily mean there's a relation to their future-given number assignment (e.g. Prop 8). The Secretary of State's office uses a formula to assign numbers, which will be released Monday and posted to LAist then.

For now, here are the 10:

  • Marijuana: Allows People 21 years old or older to Possess, Cultivate, or Transport Marijuana for Personal Use.
  • Independent Congressional Redistricting: Removes Elected Representatives from the Process of Establishing Congressional Districts and Transfers that Authority to the Recently Authorized 14-member Redistricting Commission.
  • Elimination of Redistricting Commission: Eliminates State Commission on Redistricting. Consolidates Authority for Redistricting with Elected Representatives.
  • Majority Budget Vote: Changes Legislative Vote Requirement to Pass a Budget from Two-Thirds to a Simple Majority. Retains Two-Thirds Vote Requirement for Taxes. Initiative Constitutional Amendment.
  • Two-Thirds Vote for Levies and Charges: Increases Legislative Vote Requirement to Two-Thirds for State Levies and Charges. Imposes Additional Requirement for Voters to Approve Local Levies and Charges with Limited Exceptions. Initiative Constitutional Amendment.
  • Suspends Air Pollution Law: Suspends Air Pollution Control Laws Requiring Major Polluters to Report and Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions That Cause Global Warming Until Unemployment Drops Below Specified Level for Full Year.
  • Local Transportation Funds: Prohibits the State from Taking Funds Used for Transportation or Local Government Projects and Services.
  • State Park Funding from Vehicle License Surcharge: Establishes $18 Annual Vehicle License Surcharge to Help Fund State Parks and Wildlife Programs and Grants Free Admission to All State Parks to Surcharged Vehicles.
  • Corporate Taxes: Repeals Recent Legislation That Would Allow Businesses to Carry Back Losses, Share Tax Credits, and Use a Sales-Based Income Calculation to Lower Taxable Income. Initiative Statute.
  • Water Bond: Legislative Bond Measure: Safe, Clean, and Reliable Drinking Water Supply Act of 2010
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The CGS, however, also notes that more could come: "The legislature can place other measures on the ballot; in the past, it has done so as late as September."