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Ballot initiative to reverse California’s Prop 47 gathering signatures for November 2024 election

A proposed ballot initiative to reverse the controversial Proposition 47 in California is gathering signatures for the next general election this November. Under this initiative, an offender with two prior convictions for theft can be charged with a felony, regardless of the value of the stolen property. Also, thefts by the same person can added together to allow for felony charges.

Homeless, Drug Addiction, Retail Theft Reduction Act Collects 25% of Required California Voters’ Signatures in Less than 30 Days to Qualify Ballot Initiative 

Over 200,000 California voters have signed petitions to place the measure that will stop theft and fentanyl crimes onto the November 2024 ballot

Sacramento, Calif., January 25, 2024 — Californians to Reduce Homelessness, Drug Addiction, and Theft announced today that in less than 30 days, 214,000 California voters have signed the petition to place the Homeless, Drug Addiction, Retail Theft Reduction Act on the November 2024 ballot.

“We have seen a record number of voters seeking to sign the petition to place this measure on the ballot – sometimes waiting in line to do so,” said campaign chair Greg Totten who is also chief executive officer for the California District Attorneys Association. “This is consistent with polling that has shown that 70% of likely California voters support the Homeless, Drug Addiction, Retail Theft Reduction Act. The measure is commonsense and injects accountability back into our laws for repeat offenders of theft and for crimes involving fentanyl and other serious drug crimes.” 

A survey of likely California voters found that 70% of voters support the title and summary of the Homeless, Drug Addiction, Retail Theft Reduction Act. The overwhelming support was consistent across every demographic and geography including the Bay Area and Los Angeles. Furthermore, 89% of likely voters support amending Proposition 47 for stronger penalties for those engaged in repeated retail theft and trafficking hard drugs like fentanyl. The measure also includes incentives to complete drug and mental health treatment for people who are addicted to hard drugs. The survey was conducted online from November 8-November 13, 2023, with a margin of error of +/- 2.28%.  

To qualify the measure for the November 2024 ballot, the law requires 546,651 valid signatures. The campaign is required to notify the Secretary of State after 25% of the signatures from California voters have been collected.

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