Overview of June Ballot Measures

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Following are brief summaries of the five measures that will appear on the June 5 primary election ballot. The reasons for the California Chamber of Commerce positions are summarized.

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For more information on the ballot measures, see the links listed below or visit the website of the Secretary of State at www.sos.ca.gov.


Proposition 68

Authorizes Bonds Funding Parks, Natural Resources Protection, Climate Adaptation, Water Quality and Supply, and Flood Protection.

Authorizes $4 billion in general obligation bonds for: parks, natural resources protection, climate adaptation, water quality and supply, and flood protection.

Placed on Ballot by: Legislature.

CalChamber Position: Support

Reasons for Position

The CalChamber Board voted to support the measure because it will provide funds for: groundwater cleanups that improve water quality; flood protection and repair; clean drinking water projects; and parks in urban and disadvantaged communities.

More Information: www.yes68ca.com


Proposition 69

Requires that Certain New Transportation Revenues Be Used for Transportation Purposes. Legislative Constitutional Amendment.

Requires that certain revenues generated by a 2017 transportation funding law be used only for transportation purposes and generally prohibits Legislature from diverting funds to other purposes.

Placed on Ballot by: Legislature.

CalChamber Position: Support

Reasons for Position

The CalChamber Board voted to endorse this measure to add protections for the new transportation revenues approved under CalChamber-supported SB 1 (Beall; D-San Jose; Chapter 5, Statutes of 2017), which enacted the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017.

More Information: YesProp69.com


Proposition 70

Requires Legislative Supermajority Vote Approving Use of Cap-and-Trade Reserve Fund. Legislative Constitutional Amendment.

Beginning in 2024, requires that cap-and-trade revenues accumulate in a reserve fund until the Legislature, by a two-thirds majority, authorizes use of the revenues.

Placed on Ballot by: Legislature.

CalChamber Position: Support

Reasons for Position

The CalChamber Board voted to support this measure because it will encourage bipartisan support for a cap-and-trade expenditure plan and allow for a process to negotiate expenditures that furthers the goals of the Legislature as a whole.

More Information: www.calchamber.com/ballot


Proposition 71

Sets Effective Date for Ballot Measures. Legislative Constitutional Amendment.

Provides that ballot measures approved by a majority of voters shall take effect five days after the Secretary of State certifies the results of the election.

Placed on Ballot by: Legislature.

CalChamber Position: Support

Reasons for Position

The CalChamber Board voted to support the measure because allowing initiatives and referenda to go into effect before the vote has been certified by the Secretary of State can create confusion and even the erroneous implementation of new law.

More Information: kevin.mullin@asm.ca.gov


Proposition 72

Permits Legislature to Exclude Newly Constructed Rain-Capture Systems from Property-Tax Reassessment Requirement. Legislative Constitutional Amendment.

Permits Legislature to allow construction of rain-capture systems, completed on or after January 1, 2019, without requiring property-tax reassessment.

Placed on Ballot by: Legislature.

CalChamber Position: Support

Reasons for Position

The CalChamber Board voted to support Proposition 72 because rain water recapture systems are an effective means of conserving water that should be encouraged.

More Information: SaveCaWater.org

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