The Secretary of State has released new information regarding the status of initiatives for November’s election. Five new initiatives were cleared for circulation. Here’s the rundown:
--1456: Prohibits Voting by Those Who Do Not Provide Government-Issued Identification. Adds Additional Absentee Voting Requirements. Initiative Statute. This initiative, if passed, would essentially force voters who don’t have some form of government-issued ID to cast a provisional ballot and it will also enforce more stringent checks on the IDs of those who submit mail-in ballots, provisional ballots, as well as submissions by absent military personnel. See the full text here.
--1455: 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. Initiative Statute. This initiative is supported by those who oppose AB 32, the law that aims to regulate the state’s green house gas emissions. Supporters also contend that in light of the poor economy, more jobs will be lost if air pollution control laws are not suspended until the economy is back on track. See the full text here. Opponents of this proposed initiative, which is now cleared for circulation, believe that it is erroneous to claim that environmental laws will cost the state jobs. Jonathan Kim at Calitics lays out an opposing view to this initiative’s perspective.
--1454: Same wording as 1455.
--1453: Imposes Additional Requirement for Voters to Approve Legislature’s Two-Thirds Vote on State Taxes. Initiative Constitutional Amendment. This initiative would not allow state tax measures passed by two-thirds of the Legislature to go forward until voters approve such action. See the full text here.
--1452: 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. The initiative’s official description is as follows: Increases legislative vote requirement to two-thirds for state levies and charges, with limited exceptions, currently subject to majority vote. Changes Constitution to require voters to approve, either by two-thirds or majority, local levies and charges with limited exceptions. See the full text here.
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