2016 California Ballot Initiatives

2016 California Ballot Initiatives



There will be 17 ballot initiatives on the November ballot for California voters.  The list includes gun control, marijuana legalization, the death penalty, plastic bag ban, a school bond, early prison release for “non violent” offenders and more.


There are two propositions revolving around the death penalty. Prop 62 would abolish the death penalty. Prop 66 would reform the process and speed up appeals process to allow for more timely executions.




Click on the proposition number to find out more on each one. Every voter should be informed on the issues and know what they are voting for.


Type Title Subject Description
CISS Proposition 51 Education Authorizes issuance and sale of $9 billion in bonds for education and schools
CICA/SS Proposition 52 Healthcare Requires voter approval of changes to the hospital fee program
CICA Proposition 53 Elections and campaigns Requires voter approval for projects that cost more than $2 billion funded by revenue bonds
CICA/SS Proposition 54 Government accountability Prohibits the legislature from passing any bill until it has been in print and published on the Internet for 72 hours prior to the vote
CICA Proposition 55 Taxes Extends the temporary personal income tax increases on incomes over $250,000 implemented by Proposition 30
CICA Proposition 56 Tobacco Increases the cigarette tax to $2.00 per pack
CICA/SS Proposition 57 Civil and criminal trials Increases parole chances for felons convicted of non-violent crimes and gives them more opportunities to earn credits for good behavior
LRSS Proposition 58 Education Repeals Prop 227 of 1998, thus allowing for bilingual education in public schools
AQ Proposition 59 Campaign finance andFederal issues Indicates whether voters approve of California State Legislators using what influence they have over federal issues to overturn Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission and “to make clear that corporations should not have the same constitutional rights as human beings.”
CISS Proposition 60 Adult entertainment Requires the use of condoms in all pornographic films featuring sexual intercourse produced in California
CISS Proposition 61 Healthcare Prohibits state agencies from paying more for a prescription drug than the lowest price paid for the same drug by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs
CISS Proposition 62 Death penalty Repeals the death penalty in the state of California
CISS Proposition 63 Firearms Prohibits possession of large capacity ammunition magazines and requires individuals to pass a background check and receive authorization from the Department of Justice in order to purchase ammunition
CISS Proposition 64 Marijuana Legalizes marijuana and hemp under state law and enacts certain sales and cultivation taxes
CISS Proposition 65 Environment Redirects money collected from the sale of grocery and retail carry-out bags to a special fund administered by the Wildlife Conservation Board
CISS Proposition 66 Death penalty Changes procedures governing state court appeals and petitions challenging death penalty convictions and sentences
VR Proposition 67 Business reg Ratifies SB 270, thus prohibiting plastic single-use carryout bags
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