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May 1, 2012 > June 2012 Ballot Propositions and Measures

June 2012 Ballot Propositions and Measures

State Propositions

Proposition 28: Limits on Legislators' Terms in Office - State of California
(Initiative Constitutional Amendment; majority approval required)

Proposition 140, approved by voters in November 1990, changed the State Constitution to create term limits for Members of the California Legislature. The Legislature has two houses: the State Assembly and the State Senate. Currently, an individual's service generally is restricted to three two-year terms in the Assembly (a maximum of six years) and two four-year terms in the Senate (a maximum of eight years). This means that individuals generally cannot serve more than 14 years in the Legislature. An exception is when an individual serves additional time by finishing out less than one-half of the term of another person who left the Legislature (e.g. due to resignation).

Proposition 28 changes legislative term limits. Senators and Assembly Members who were first elected to the Legislature on or before June 5, 2012 would continue to be subject to the current legislative term limits in the Constitution. Future legislators, i.e. those first elected after June 5, 2012, would be subject to the new term limits.

This measure reduces to 12 years the total number of years that a future legislator may serve in the Legislature during his or her lifetime.

This measure allows future legislators to serve in either house of the Legislature for up to 12 years. Accordingly, an individual could be elected to up to six two-year terms in the Assembly or up to three four-year terms in the Senate. This means future legislators could serve for longer in a single house of the Legislature than is currently the case. Alternatively, an individual could be elected to serve in one house of the Legislature and then be elected to the other house but his or her total service in the Legislature would be limited to 12 years.

Voting YES would mean future members of the State Legislature could serve a total of 12 years in office, regardless of whether that time is served in the State Assembly or the State Senate. Legislators first elected on or before June 5, 2012 would continue to be restricted by existing term limits.

Voting NO would mean existing term limits for the Legislature would remain in place for current and future legislators. These limits allow a total of 14 years in office, including a maximum of six years in the State Assembly and eight years in the State Senate.

For more information, visit http://voterguide.sos.ca.gov/propositions/

Proposition 29: Imposes Additional Tax on Cigarettes for Cancer Research - State of California
(Initiative Statute; majority approval required)

This measure imposes additional $1 tax on each pack of cigarettes distributed and an equivalent tax increase on other tobacco products to fund cancer research and other specified purposes.

It requires tax revenues to be deposited into a special fund, California Cancer Research Life Sciences Innovation Trust Fund, dedicated to research and research facilities focused on detection, prevention, treatment and cures for cancer, heart disease, emphysema and other tobacco-related diseases, and to finance prevention programs. The measure also creates a nine-member committee to administer the fund.

According to the Legislative Analyst's Office, Proposition 29 will generate a net increase in cigarette excise tax revenues of approximately $735M annually by 2013-14 for research into cancer and tobacco-related disease and for tobacco prevention and cessation programs. These revenues would decline slightly each year thereafter. There would also be a corresponding $50M annual increase in excise tax revenues on other tobacco products going mainly to existing health and tobacco prevention and cessation programs. State and local sales tax revenues would increase by approximately $10M to $20M, per year. The net impact on other long-term state and local government health care costs is unknown.

Voting YES would raise state excise taxes on cigarettes by $1 per pack to a total of $1.87 per pack. These additional revenues would be dedicated to fund cancer and tobacco-related disease research and tobacco prevention and cessation programs.

Voting NO would mean state excise taxes on cigarettes remain at the current level of 87 cents per pack and would continue to be used for existing purposes, including childhood development programs and various health and tobacco prevention and cessation programs.

For more information, visit http://voterguide.sos.ca.gov/propositions/


Local Measures

Measure G: Quality Local Schools and Academic Excellence Measure - Hayward Unified School District (HUSD)
(Parcel Tax; 2/3 approval required)

"To protect critical education programs, with funds that cannot be taken by the State, including: math, reading, writing, and hands-on science classes/labs; enhancing library services, technology and college preparation programs; providing programs for all students to meet State academic standards; and attracting and retaining qualified teachers; shall Hayward Unified School District be authorized to levy $58 per parcel annually, for five years, with an exemption for senior citizens, mandatory citizens' oversight and all money used for classrooms?"

If two-thirds of the electorate votes YES, the Alameda County Treasurer-Tax Collector will collect the tax at the same time and in the same way as ad valorem property taxes. All property otherwise exempt from ad valorem property taxes in any year shall also be exempt from the Measure G Parcel Tax. Individuals who think they may be exempt from this parcel tax must apply to HUSD annually for the exemption, such as those who are aged 65 years or older (by July 1 of the tax year). They must own a beneficial interest in the parcel and occupy the parcel as his or her principal place of residence.

The full text of the measure sets out how the parcel tax revenue will be spent, including enhancement of library services, technology and college preparation programs; providing programs for students to meet state academic standards; and attracting and retaining qualified teachers. The measure provides that the monies collected shall be accounted for separately and expended only for those specified purposes and creates an independent citizens' oversight committee and the issue of revenue and expenditure reports.

If less than two-thirds do not approve Measure G, the measure will fail and the District will not be authorized to levy the annual $58-parcel tax.


Measure H: Support High-quality Local Education - New Haven Unified School District (NHUSD)
(Parcel tax; 2/3 approval required)

"To support high-quality local elementary, middle and high school education to prepare students for college and careers with outstanding core academic programs in reading, writing, math and science and highly qualified teachers and classified staff, shall New Haven Unified School District authorize a school parcel tax of $180 per year, for four years, with citizen oversight, no funds for administrators' salaries, an exemption available for seniors and the disabled, and all funds staying in our local schools."

If two-thirds of the electorate votes YES, the Alameda County Treasurer-Tax Collector will collect the tax at the same time and in the same way as ad valorem property taxes. All property otherwise exempt from ad valorem property taxes in any year shall also be exempt from the Measure H Parcel Tax. Individuals who think they may be exempt from this parcel tax must apply to NHUSD annually for the exemption, such as those who are 65 years or older (by July 1 of the tax year) or anyone receiving Supplemental Social Security Income for a disability. They must own a beneficial interest in the parcel and occupy the parcel as his or her principal place of residence.

The full text of the measure sets out how the parcel tax revenue will be spent, including preparing students for college with core academic programs and ensuring qualified teachers and staff. The measure further provides that the monies collected shall be accounted for separately and expended only for those specified purposes. The measure provides for an independent citizens' oversight committee and revenue and expenditure reports.

If less than two-thirds do not approve Measure H, the measure will fail and the District will not be authorized to levy the annual $180-parcel tax.

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