January 6, 2012Immigration Initiative Petition Drive Starts
Among the four new initiative petitions cleared Wednesday for signature gathering is one that would bring Arizona-style immigration enforcement to California. Another would require equal numbers of males and females in the state Legislature.
That brings to 40 the number of petitions cleared for circulation in the state. With the tab for gathering the needed signatures in the neighborhood of $1 million per measure, most will never see the ballot.
- The immigration proposal would require state law enforcement officers to enforce federal immigration laws.
- The gender-balancing proposal would double the number of legislators, and require each district to have one male and one female. (If you think this one has a chance of passing, please email me for generous wagering odds.)
- Another proposal would eliminate pensions and health benefits for part-time local officials.
- The other plan cleared Wednesday would close loopholes allegedly used by insurance companies to avoid payouts.
Other initiative petitions previously cleared for circulation include ones that would make same-sex marriage legal, would require parental notification before a teen had an abortion, would legalize marijuana, and would repeal the death penalty. See the entire list.
At this point, four measures have qualified for 2012 ballots, two for June and two for November. (The Legislature this year approved a law moving all statewide initiatives to November, but two measures qualified for the June ballot before the law passed.)
- A measure to reduce total term limit years for legislators from 14 to 12, but would allow the member to serve all of those years in the same house.
- A new $1 per pack tax on cigarettes, with proceeds going to cancer research.
- A measure originating from Orange County which would make it harder for unions and corporations to use employee money for political efforts. Read my story about this initiative.
- A water bond put on the ballot by the Legislature.
Additionally, there are two initiative petitions that are in the process of having their signatures verified:
- A measure asking voters to throw out the new state Senate lines drawn up this year by an independent citizens commission. Read my story about this one.
- A measure that would allow insurance companies to give proportional discounts to drivers with some prior insurance coverage.
Among the 37 proposed measures waiting to by cleared by Attorney General Kamala Harris for petition circulation are four that would increase taxes. Read about those four.
Posted by Martin Wisckol at 4:31 PM