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16 Jul, 2024
Election 2024: California Initiatives on November Ballot – NEWSnet
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Election 2024: California Initiatives on November Ballot – NEWSnet

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (NEWSnet/AP) — A bill addressing the minimum wage, same-sex marriage and shoplifting will be among 10 state bills California voters are expected to consider in November.

Here is a list of the propositions that state voters will decide on in November:

The article asked voters to approve borrowing $10 billion to build and renovate public schools.

Most of the money, $8.5 billion, will go to K-12 schools. The rest, $1.5 billion, will go to colleges in the state.

It would formally remove a ban on same-sex marriage from the California constitution that voters approved in 2008. The U.S. Supreme Court has blocked California from enforcing the ban since 2013.

The proposed amendment removes the provision and replaces it with a provision stating that “The right to marry is a fundamental right.”

The bill asks voters to approve borrowing $10 billion for a variety of environmental programs and projects.

The largest chunk of money, $3.8 billion, would help pay for improvements to drinking water systems and preparation for droughts and floods. Programs preparing for wildfires would receive $1.5 billion, while programs combating sea level rise would receive $1.2 billion.

The rest will go towards parks and outdoor recreation programs, clean air initiatives, extreme heat preparedness, biodiversity protection and helping to ensure sustainable farm and ranch development.

The change would amend the state constitution to make it easier for local governments to seek voter approval to borrow money as long as the funds are used to build affordable housing or public infrastructure.

It would amend the California Constitution and prohibit any form of forced labor.

Current law allows for criminal punishment as an exception; and advocates are concerned about working conditions in prisons. It is not uncommon for incarcerated people to be forced to work for less than $1 an hour.

It would eventually raise California’s minimum wage to $18 an hour. It is currently $16 an hour for most industries and $20 an hour for fast-food workers.

The bill would repeal a state law prohibiting cities and counties from setting rent caps on single-family homes, apartments and condos built after 1995.

Supporters say the proposal would help prevent homelessness. Opponents argued the proposal would hurt small-home owners and discourage affordable housing construction.

Several cities, including Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Jose, already have local rent control policies in place.

This would permanently give California’s Medicaid program the ability to directly pay pharmacies for prescription drugs.

California began doing so in 2019 after the governor signed an executive order authorizing such payments. This measure would make it law.

It would force the state to pay doctors more for treating patients covered by Medicaid, the government’s health insurance program for low-income people, by redirecting some taxes to managed care organizations.

It would make shoplifting a repeat offense and increase penalties for some drug charges, including those involving the synthetic opioid fentanyl. It would also give judges the authority to order people accused of multiple drugs to get treatment.

Supporters say the initiative is necessary to close loopholes in existing laws that make it difficult for law enforcement to punish shoplifters and drug dealers.

Opponents say the proposal would disproportionately incarcerate the poor and those with substance use problems, rather than targeting leaders of organized shoplifting.

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