INITIATIVE WATCH

A project of the California Voter Foundation

first published 8/18/99
| last updated 12/12/02



The following measures are in circulation or have submitted signatures for qualification





  Classification by Race, Ethnicity, Color, or National Origin. Qualified for the March 2, 2004 Primary Election Ballot.
  State and County Clemency Boards. Initiative Constitutional Amendment.
  Personal Income Tax. Treatment of Stock Purchased Through Incentive Stock Options. Initiative Statute.
  Referendum Petition to Overturn Amendments to Judicial Summary Judgement Procedure
  Energy Deregulation. Limit on Retail Electricity Rates. Initiatives Statute.




General news articles
    Initiative may get financial privacy bill rolling, Contra Costa Times, July 15, 2002
    Tree preservationists turn to celebs, Press Democrat, July 15, 2002
    Sunshine bill misses fall ballot, Oakland Tribune, July 15, 2002
  Bond may bring $75M to Central Valley, Stockton Recorder, June 25, 2002
  Ballot access: Whose money?, Riverside Press, June 25, 2002
  Bill to boost infrastructure spending passes second committee, Contra Costa Times, May 21, 2002
  State crafts $2.1 billion housing bond, San Diego Union-Tribune, April 21, 2002
  Move to build more schools gains ground, Sacramento Bee, March 22, 2002



Classification By Race, Ethnicity, Color, or National Origin.
Initiative Constitutional Amendment, ID #933

PROPONENT

TEXT

WEB SITES

STATUS

Kevin Nguyen

(916) 444-2278
www.acrc1.org

Text available online (in PDF) from the Attorney General's web site.

FOR

www.acrc1.org/rpi.htm

AGAINST

www.informedcalifornia.org

Qualified for the March 2, 2004 Primary Election Ballot.

Official Summary: Effective January 1, 2005, prohibits state, local governments from using race, ethnicity, color or national origin to classify current or prospective students, contractors, or employees in public education, contracting or employment operations. Does not prohibit classification by sex. Prohibition also covers persons subject to other operations of government unless Legislature finds compelling state interest, authorizes by two-thirds of each house, and Governor approves. "Classifying" defined as separating, sorting, or organizing persons or personal data. Exemptions include: law enforcement descriptions; prisoner and undercover assignments; action taken to maintain federal funding. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local governments: This measure would have a major fiscal impact of annual state savings potentially ranging from several million dollars in excess of $10 million beginning in 2015.

Committee Supporting Measure:

Racial Privacy Initiative Sponsored by American Civil Rights Coalition, view campaign finance activity

News stories:
Race N/A, California Connected, August 1, 2002
Racial Privacy Initiative questioned, Stockton Recorder, July 19, 2002
Racial data issue qualifies for ballot, Sacramento Bee, July 16, 2002
Connerly disclosure battle rages, Contra Costa Times, July 10, 2002
Racial data ban won't make fall ballot, Sacramento Bee, June, 27, 2002
Race initiative may face delay, San Diego Union-Tribune, May 31, 2002
Orchestration of voters, Contra Costa Times, May 25, 2002
Race privacy measure ahead in Field Poll, San Francisco Chronicle, May 1, 2002
Racial data ban in state advances, San Jose Mercury News, April 30, 2002
980,000 sign initiative on race, San Diego Union-Tribune, April 20, 2002
Dan Smith: Anonymous donations to race-privacy initiative challenged
, Sacramento Bee, April 19, 2002
Racial privacy ballot drive to submit signatures, San Diego Union-Tribune, April 19, 2002
Backers say race data ban has qualified, San Francisco Chronicle, April 19, 2002
Peter Schrag: Son of Prop. 209: Making the state color blind, Sacramento Bee, April 17, 2002
Racial privacy initiative heading for state ballot, Oakland Tribune, April 17, 2002
Connerly rushing to get another race-based initiative on ballot, San Diego Union-Tribune, April 4, 2002
Racial privacy initiative, San Francisco Chronicle, March 15, 2002





Homeowner's Real Property Tax Exemption and Renter's Tax Credit.
Initiative Constitutional Amendment, #966

PROPONENT

TEXT

WEB SITES

STATUS

Bill Simon and Jon Coupal
Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association
(916) 444-9950

Text Part A, Part B, available online (in PDF) from the Attorney General's web site.

FOR

None as of September, 2002

AGAINST

None as of September, 2002

In circulation; deadline 11/4/02

Official Summary: Beginning January 2005, increases homeowner's real property tax exemption from $7,000 to $32,000 of the full value of the homeowner's residence. Beginning January 2005, provides $250 "supplemental renter's tax credit" for married couples, heads of households, surviving spouses; and $125 for all other qualified renters. Provides for annual adjustments to homeowner's exemption based on increases to state Consumer Price Index; and comparable increase to renter's tax credit if homeowner's exemption is increased. Authorizes Legislature to enact additional increases to homeowner's exemption and renter's credit.




State and County Clemency Boards. Initiative Constitutional Amendment
Initiative Constitutional Amendment, #968

PROPONENT

TEXT

WEB SITES

STATUS

Allen Jones
(415) 821-4044

Text available online (in PDF) from the Attorney General's web site.

FOR

None as of September, 2002

AGAINST

None as of September, 2002

In circulation; deadline 01/21/03

Official Summary: Amends Constitution to repeal Governor's authority to grant clemency. Creates state clemency board and clemency mini-boards in each county composed of five citizens randomly selected from voter rolls. Boards will have final clemency authority including the power to grant clemency or reduce sentences to remedy unjust prison treatment. Boards may also release prisoners for humanitarian reasons or to relieve prison overcrowding. Establishes elected statewide office of Administrator to receive clemency petitions, deliver prisoner requests to the mini-boards, handle financial matters, and rule in fairness of the clemency process. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local governments: This measure would result in significant unknown costs to the state which may be offset by a potential unknown reduction in prison operation costs.




Personal Income Tax. Treatment of Stock Purchased Through Incentive Stock Options. Initiative Statute.
Initiative Constitutional Amendment, #969

PROPONENT

TEXT

WEB SITES

STATUS

Christopher L. Samuelson

Text Part A, Part B available online (in PDF) from the Attorney General's web site.

FOR

None as of September, 2002

AGAINST

None as of September, 2002

In circulation; deadline

Official Summary: Amends state personal income tax law relating to sale of stock purchased through incentive stock options programs. Exempts unrealized gains from exercise of incentive stock options from alternative minimum tax provisions; subjects gains realized upon sale of stock purchased through incentive stock options to regular tax provisions. Removes limitaions on minimum tax credit allowed taxpayers who paid alternative minimum tax when they exercised incentive stock options; provides full refund for minimum tax credit in year stock purchased through incentive stock options is sold.



Referendum Petition to Overturn Amendments to Judicial Summary Judgement Procedure
Initiative Constitutional Amendment, ID #970

PROPONENT

TEXT

WEB SITES

STATUS

Kirk West

Text Part A, Part B, Part C, available online (in PDF) from the Attorney General's web site

FOR

Kirk West. Care of: Nielsen, Merksamer, Parrinello, Mueller & Naylor, LLP.

Attention: Richard D. Martland

770 L Street, Suite 800, Sacramento, CA 95814

(916) 446-6752

AGAINST

None

In circulation; deadline

Official Summary: If signed by required number of electors and timely filed with Secretary of State, this petition will prevent implementation of Section 5, Chapter 488, Statutes of 2002, previously approved by Legislature and Governor, unless and until approved by a majority of voters. Section 5 increases notice to 75-days when a litigant seeks summary adjudication upon undisputed facts and entitlement under law; allows opponent expedited request for more time to discover facts defeating adjudication; requires further argument before appellate court may affirm summary adjudication on different grounds than trial court.

Energy Deregulation. Limit on Retail Electricity Rates. Initiative Statute.
Initiative Constitutional Amendment, ID #971

PROPONENT

TEXT

WEB SITES

STATUS

Lewis Fein

Text available online (in PDF) from the Attorney General's web site

FOR

Lewis Fein

Attention: Edison Greed

134 South Kenter Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90049

AGAINST

None

In circulation; deadline 05/05/03

Official Summary: Provides that no retail electricity rate shall be set at a level intended to generate revenues for any utility company to offset losses it incurred during the rate freeze mandated by the 1996 energy deregulation legislation. Further provides that any charges imposed on ratepayers prior to the enactment of this initiative, intended to generate revenues for any utility company to offset losses it incurred during the rate freeze period, shall be rebated to ratepayers. States that if any provision of initiative is held invalid, that invalidity shall not affect other provisions. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local governments: This measure would have the following fiscal effects: (1) one-time state costs of potentially low millions to several tens of millions of dollars for administrative costs associated with the implementation of the initiative; (2) potential state revenue losses of up to hundreds of millions of dollars, likely spread over several years, due to reduced bank and corporation taxes paid by the utilities affected by the initiative; and (3) potential savings to state and local governments of an unknown amount due to potential reduction in retail electricity rates.


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