Initiatives for 2024

Last Checked 6/1/2024

See Results of November 2022 Propositions at bottom of this page.  
November 2024 (General Election) Initiatives
25% Signatures Obtained
1969. (23-0027A2) RESTRICTS RIGHTS OF TRANSGENDER YOUTH. - Requires public and private schools and colleges to: restrict gender-segregated facilities like bathrooms to persons assigned that gender at birth; prohibit transgender female students (grades 7+) from participating in female sports. Repeals law allowing students to participate in activities and use facilities consistent with their gender identity.  Requires schools to notify parents whenever a student under 18 asks to be treated as a gender differing from school records without exception for student safety.  Prohibits gender-affirming health care for transgender patients under 18, even if parents consent or treatment is medically recommended.
  • Legislative Analyst: Savings in state and local health care costs of up to millions of dollars annually from no longer paying for prohibited services for individuals under the age of 18. Minor administrative and workload costs to schools, colleges, and universities, up to several millions of dollars initially. Potential cost pressures to state and local governments related to federal fiscal penalties if the measure results in federally funded schools, colleges, universities, or health care providers being deemed out of compliance with federal law.

In Signature Verification Phase
1959. (23-0017A1) - ALLOWS FELONY CHARGES AND INCREASES SENTENCES FOR CERTAIN DRUG AND THEFT CRIMES. [YES - CAGOP] 
  • Allows felony charges for possessing certain drugs, including fentanyl, and for thefts under $950—both currently chargeable only as misdemeanors—with two prior drug or two prior theft convictions, as applicable. Defendants who plead guilty to felony drug possession and complete treatment can have charges dismissed.
  • Increases sentences for other specified drug and theft crimes.
  • Increased prison sentences may reduce savings that currently fund mental health and drug treatment programs, K-12 schools, and crime victims; any remaining savings may be used for new felony treatment program.
  • Legislative Analyst: Increased state criminal justice system costs potentially in the hundreds of millions of dollars annually, primarily due to an increase in the state prison population. Some of these costs could be offset by reductions in state spending on local mental health and substance use services, truancy and dropout prevention, and victim services due to requirements in current law. Increased local criminal justice system costs potentially in the tens of millions of dollars annually, primarily due to increased court-related workload and a net increase in the number of people in county jail and under county community supervision.
  • The authors call this: "HOMELESSNESS, DRUG ADDICTION AND THEFT REDUCTION ACT" and also as "FIX PROP 47"

1966. (23-0024A1) PROVIDES PERMANENT FUNDING FOR MEDI-CAL HEALTH CARE SERVICES. [YES - CAGOP]- Makes permanent the existing tax on managed health care insurance plans, currently set to expire in 2026, which the state uses to pay for health care services for low-income families with children, seniors, people with disabilities, and other groups covered by the Medi-Cal program. Requires revenues to be used only for specified Medi-Cal services, including primary and specialty care, emergency care, family planning, mental health, and prescription drugs. Prohibits revenues from being used to replace other existing Medi-Cal funding. Caps administrative expenses and requires independent audits of programs receiving funding.

  • Legislative Analyst: Uncertain overall impact on state revenues and spending, including reduced legislative flexibility over the use of MCO tax funds. The extent of this impact depends on whether the measure would result in different state decisions around imposing, structuring, and spending proceeds from the managed care organization tax than in the absence of the measure.

1971. (23-0029A1) - EXPANDS STATE HEALTH CARE PROGRAM FOR CHILDREN WITH CERTAIN MEDICAL CONDITIONS. - Expands California Children’s Services Program, which provides health care to low-middle income children under 21 with specified medical conditions, by requiring state to provide:

  • financial assistance to families not eligible for Program services for certain out-of-pocket treatment costs for covered conditions;
  • new annual grants to hospitals that provide Program services;
  • increased payment rates for physicians that are at least the federal Medicare rate; and
  • coverage for additional medical conditions including cancer, heart disease, certain infectious diseases, and cerebral palsy that are currently covered only by regulation, not by statute.
  • Legislative Analyst: State General Fund cost potentially ranging in the hundreds of millions of dollars to around a billion dollars each year to assist families with the cost of health care for children with qualifying serious and chronic diseases, as well as to increase payments to providers in the California Children’s Services program.  

Qualified for November 2024 Ballot
Even so, the public initiatives will not be formally certified (announced) until June 27, 2024
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SCA 2 (Allen) PUBLIC HOUSING PROJECTS CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT [YES - CAGOP, NO - HB, JS] - California Constitution prohibits development, construction, or acquisition of a low-rent housing project by any state public body until majority of qualified electors of city, town, or county approve (in which the development, construction, or acquisition of the low-rent housing project is proposed).  This measure repeals [local control].
[A "no" vote maintains local voter approval requirement for publicly funded housing projects classified as low rent. - Jeanne Solnordal, Chair]

ACA 5 (Low) MARRIAGE EQUALITY CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT [Neutral - CAGOP, NO - HB] - Removes Traditional Marriage (Voted in 2008 as Proposition 8) from State Constitution establishing marriage as a union between one man and one woman but later declared unconstitutional by federal judges.  [This Assembly bill has no legal effect, but it gives those promoting same-sex marriage yet another platform to bully traditional Christians, conservatives, and Republicans to abandon traditional/biblical marriage.  The CAGOP Convention in September 2023 retained the State Party platform instead of 'softening' it on the Faustian logic that giving up such a traditional plank would enable Republicans to get elected.  - Harry Briley, AD16]

ACA 1 (Aguiar-Curry) Local government financing: affordable housing and public infrastructure: voter approval. CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT [NO - CAGOP, HJTA, HB]- This repeals one of the most important protections in Proposition 13 by lowering the existing two-thirds vote threshold for both local bonds and special taxes to 55 percent for a myriad of purposes. ["This vampire bill keeps rising from the coffin every year.   It creates dozens of exceptions to Prop 13's two-thirds vote protection, which would cost taxpayers billions in the coming years, including Parcel taxes and Bond Debt that puts security of home ownership at risk." - HJTA] 

ACA 13 (Ward) Voting thresholds. CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT [NO - CAGOP, HB, HJTA] - This raises voter mandate from 50% to 67% for constitutional amendments by citizen initiative.  [Per Senator Glazier’s aide 9/7 that ACA 13 is shelved in committee and probably won’t be voted on this session. - They LIED.  Moved out of Appropriations five days later 9/12 and passed by Senate on 9/14 - Quietly held on Consent Calendar until 11/1, Signed onto Ballot 11/2/2023]

1916. (21-0022A1) - FUNDS PANDEMIC DETECTION AND PREVENTION BY INCREASING TAX ON PERSONAL INCOME OVER $5 MILLION. CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT [NO - CAGOP, HB] - Increases tax on personal income over $5 million by 0.75% for 10 years, and allocates as follows:
  • 50% to the California Institute for Pandemic Prevention (established by this measure), to award grants for research and development of technologies to detect and prevent future pandemics;
  • 25% for public health programs for pandemic preparedness
  • 25% for improvements to school facilities to limit disease transmission.
Creates Independent Scientific Governing Board to administer the Institute; requires board members have specified medical, technological, or public-health expertise.
  • Legislative Analyst:  Increased tax range from $500 million to $1.5 billion annually for ten-year period.  Revenues entirely support activities related to infectious disease control and pandemic prevention. 

1921. (21-0027A1) - ELIMINATES EMPLOYEES’ ABILITY TO SUE FOR MONETARY PENALTIES FOR STATE LABOR-LAW VIOLATIONS. [YES - CAGOP] - Repeals Private Attorney General Act (PAGA) 2004 law allowing employees to sue on behalf of themselves and other employees against employers to recover monetary penalties for certain state labor-law violations.
  • Labor Commissioner retains authority to enforce labor laws and impose penalties.
  • Eliminates Labor Commissioner’s authority to contract with private organizations or attorneys to assist with enforcement.
  • Requires Legislature to provide funding of unspecified amount for Labor Commissioner enforcement.
  • Requires Labor Commissioner to provide pre-enforcement advice; allows employers to correct identified labor-law violations without penalties. Authorizes increased penalties for willful violations.
  • Legislative Analyst: Likely increase in costs to enforce labor laws exceeding $100 million per year. Reduction in state penalty revenue used for enforcement by tens of millions annually. 

1935. (21-0042A1) - LIMITS ABILITY TO RAISE REVENUES FOR GOVERNMENT SERVICES. CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT [YES - CAGOP, HB] - For new or increased state taxes currently enacted by two-thirds vote of Legislature, also requires election and [2/3] majority voter approval.
  • Limits voter-proposed local special taxes by raising vote requirement to two-thirds.
  • Eliminates ability to advise how to spend revenues on same ballot as the proposed tax.
  • Expands definition of “taxes” to include certain regulatory fees, broadening application of tax approval requirements. Requires Legislature or local governing body set certain other fees.
  • Legislative Analyst: Lower revenues, potentially substantially lower, depending on future actions of the Legislature, local governing bodies, voters, and courts.

1936. (21-0043A1) - RAISES MINIMUM WAGE. [NO - CAGOP] - Existing law requires annual increases to California’s minimum wage until it has reached $15.00 per hour for all businesses on January 1, 2023.   This measure extends these annual increases ($1.00 per year) until minimum wage—currently, $15.00 per hour for businesses with 26 or more employees, and $14.00 per hour for smaller businesses—reaches $18.00 per hour.  Thereafter, as existing law requires, the minimum wage will annually adjust for inflation.  In periods of decreased economic activity, or General Fund deficit, the Governor may suspend annual increase up to two times, thereby extending timeline for reaching $18.00 per hour. 
  • Legislative Analyst: Unclear change in revenues, likely between a loss of a couple billion and a gain of a few hundred million. Increase in costs likely between half a billion and a few billion. 

1940. (22-0006) -REFERENDUM CHALLENGING 2022 LAW PROHIBITING NEW OIL AND GAS WELLS NEAR HOMES, SCHOOLS, AND HOSPITALS. - If the required number of registered voters sign this petition and it is timely filed, a 2022 law will not take effect unless approved at the next statewide general or special election after November 8, 2022. [A Yes means?  A No means?] The challenged law:

  • Prohibits most new or modified oil and gas wells within 3,200 feet of specified locations, including housing, schools, daycares, parks, healthcare facilities, community resource centers, detention facilities, and businesses open to the public.
  • Requires existing wells in these areas meet specified health, safety, and environmental requirements by January 1, 2025.

1942. (22-0008) EXPANDS LOCAL GOVERNMENTS’ AUTHORITY TO ENACT RENT CONTROL ON RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY. [NO - CAGOP] - Repeals 1995 law that generally prevents cities and counties from limiting the initial rental rate that landlords may charge to new tenants in all types of housing, and from limiting rent increases for existing tenants in (1) residential properties that were first occupied after February 1, 1995; (2) single-family homes; and (3) condominiums.
  • This repeals that state law and re-enables cities and counties to establish their own rent control policies.
  • Legislative Analyst: Potential reduction in revenues in the high tens of millions of dollars per year over time. Depending on actions by local communities, tax revenue losses could be less or more. [[How does rent control reduce Tax Revenue? - HB]]

1963. (23-0021A1) RESTRICTS SPENDING BY HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS MEETING SPECIFIED CRITERIA. [YES - CAGOP]- Requires certain health care providers to spend 98% of revenues from federal discount prescription drug program on direct patient care. Applies only to health care providers that: spent over $100,000,000 in any ten-year period on anything other than direct patient care; and operated multifamily housing with over 500 high-severity health and safety violations. Penalizes noncompliance by revoking health care licenses and tax-exempt status. Permanently authorizes state to negotiate Medi-Cal drug prices on statewide basis.
  • Legislative Analyst: Increased costs to state government, potentially up to the millions of dollars annually, to review entities’ compliance with the measure and enforce the measure’s provisions. These costs would be paid for by fees created under the measure. Uncertain fiscal impacts to state and local government health programs, depending on how the affected entities respond to the measure’s requirements.

1964. (23-0022) ADDS ONE-SEMESTER PERSONAL FINANCE COURSE TO HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS. [YES - CAGOP, HB] - Adds one-semester personal finance course to existing graduation requirements for public high school students (including those attending charter schools) beginning with the graduating class in 2030. Requires schools to begin offering the course by the 2026-27 school year. This course would be in addition to currently required one-semester economics course, which may—but is not required to—include personal finance curriculum. Students may fulfill new requirement by completing an existing University of California-approved personal finance course, or a new course approved by a school’s governing body.
  • Legislative Analyst: Potential increased costs to schools that could reach in the high tens of millions of dollars annually in the first few years and then likely decline over time. Costs could be related to additional teachers, curriculum development, and instructional materials and would depend on how the measure is implemented.

The State Republican Party Initiatives Committee met on September 30, 2023 at the Anaheim Marriott to consider initiatives. Initiatives Committee Chairman, Walt Allen. Members present: Ranelle Baldwin, Vern Costa, Phil Cothran, Nancy De Luna, Howard Hakes, Kevin Krick, Lisa Moreno, Sayrs Morris, Patty Ramos, William Michael Wright.  The CAGOP combined those four 2023 decisions and listed their following decisions from their 4/2024 Convention:


SCA 2 – ARTICLE 34 REPEAL: SUPPORT 
ACA 1 – VOTER-APPROVAL THRESHOLDS: OPPOSE
ACA 5 – MARRIAGE EQUALITY: NEUTRAL
ACA 13 – TAX MEASURE VOTER THRESHOLDS: OPPOSE
#21-0022 – INCOME TAX INCREASE/PANDEMIC RESPONSE: OPPOSE (from 2023 Convention)
#21-0027 – Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) REFORM: SUPPORT (from 2023 Convention)
#21-0042 – TAXPAYER PROTECTION AND GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY ACT: SUPPORT (from 2023 Convention)
#21-0043 – $18 MINIMUM WAGE: OPPOSE (from 2023 Convention)
#22-0008 – COSTA HAWKINS REPEAL: OPPOSE
#23-0017 – HOMELESSNESS, DRUG ADDICTION AND THEFT REDUCTION ACT: SUPPORT
#23-0021 – HEALTHCARE PROVIDER SPENDING: SUPPORT
#23-0022 – PERSONAL FINANCE EDUCATION: SUPPORT
#23-0024 – MEDI-CAL FUNDING ASSESSMENT: SUPPORT


Seniors: If you are over 65, file with your local school district to waive locally passed property tax for schools (state-wide school taxes cannot be waved).   See your property tax bill to see if your school district offers a local exclusion to seniors.
Local School Bonds on Ballot do not fall under the Prop 13 taxing authority 67% to pass.  Instead, they only need 55% to pass!

Results of November 2022 Propositions

Overwhelming decisions with no progressive coast versus rural split

Statewide:       1: YES   //  26: NO  //  27: NO  // 28: YES  //  29: NO  //  30: NO   //  31: YES
Recommended:  1: NO     //  26: NO    //  27: NO    // 28: ----     //  29: NO    //  30: NO    //  31: NO

Prop Title   as of 11/17/22 5pm       Yes%   No%
  1 Constitution: Reproductive Freedom  67% 
26 Sports Wagering on Tribal Lands                   68% 
27 Online Wagering Outside Tribal Lands            83%  
28 School Arts and Music Funding          64%               
29 Regulates Kidney Dialysis Clinics                   69%  
30 Tax to Fund ZEV/Wildfire Programs               58%  
31 Prohibit some Tobacco Products         63%               

Comments: 
Prop 1          Californian Constitution now enforces no limits nor questions asked whatsoever on any abortion
Props 26/27 The gambling steep defeats has not stopped them from filing again for 2024!
Prop 29        Third election this Proposition has been soundly defeated.  Will they try again in 2024?
Prop 31        Passage probably a reaction to anything Big Tobacco 


Source Material: Initiative and Referendum Qualification Status :: California Secretary of State

ACGOP = Alameda County Republican Central Committee

CAGOP = California Republican Party (Initiatives Committee)

HB = Harry Briley, Source of this commentary, Member of ACGOP (AD16), Legislative Watch Team