Seven Referendums Qualify for California’s Ballot in November

SACRAMENTO — As of July 12, 2022, the following initiatives have received the required number (5 percent of number of voters in the previous gubernatorial election) of verified (by county election officials) signatures for being placed on this year’s general election ballot.

  • Proposition 1 – Amends the state constitution to prohibit the state from interfering with or denying an individual’s right to reproductive freedom, including a right to an abortion and a right to contraceptives.
  • Proposition 26 – Legalizes sports betting at American Indian gaming casinos and licensed racetracks in California.
  • Proposition 27 – Legalizes mobile sports (on-line) betting offered by federally recognized Indian tribes and businesses contracting with them and directs revenue to Homelessness Prevention Fund Initiative.
  • Proposition 28 – Requires General Fund allocations equaling 1% of required state and local funding for K-12 public schools to be dedicated to art and music education.
  • Proposition 29 – Enacts staffing requirements, reporting requirements, ownership disclosure, and closing requirements for chronic dialysis clinics.
  • Proposition 30 – Increases taxes on personal income above $2 million and allocates 45% of new tax revenue for rebates on zero-emission vehicle purchases, 35% for zero-emission vehicle charging stations, with at least half of this funding directed to low-income households and communities. The remaining 20% of the revenue would be alloted to wildfire prevention and suppression program, with a priority given to hiring and training firefighters..
  • Proposition 31 – Upholds the ban on flavored tobacco sales.

Proposition 1 has been brought to us by the State Legislature, all the others were citizen-initiated measures.

Meanwhile, an initiative to reduce plastic waste was removed on June 30, 2022, after a legislative compromise was passed and signed by the governor. Also, an initiative to increase the cap on medical malpractice lawsuits qualified for the ballot in July 2020. However, in April 2022, the sponsors reached a legislative compromise with the California State Legislature and withdrew the initiative in May

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