Chamber Takes Position on November Ballot Measure Initiatives While voters have plenty of decisions to make before the election this November, including who they would like the nation's next president to be, Californians will also vote on 17 propositions encompassing major topics of debate within the state. Thanks to the state’s longstanding tradition of direct democracy, every California voter becomes a lawmaker at the ballot box. California will see one of its largest ballots in recent years; up for a vote are issues ranging from legalizing recreational cannabis, ending the death penalty or speeding up the process, ban of plastic bags and cap of prescription drug costs. Not since 2000 have Californians been asked to wade through so many propositions. This year’s proliferation of propositions springs from a 2011 reform. The legislature moved all statewide propositions to the general election, rather than primaries. It makes sense to have the greatest number of voters decide statewide questions, but it has generated pent-up demand for the November election. To certify measures for the California ballot: 365,880 signatures for an initiative and 585,407 for a constitutional amendment, in a state with over 18 million registered voters. A robust signature-gathering industry makes qualifying propositions a matter of raising several million dollars. The Redondo Beach Government Relations Committee reviewed and discussed the following 17 ballot propositions and took the following positions. SUPPORT Proposition 51: $9 billion in bonds for education and schools Proposition 52: Voter approval of changes to the hospital fee program Proposition 54: Conditions under which legislative bills can be passed Click Here to Read More..