This article has been updated (July 1, 2022) to reflect the voting numbers that were just released.
Now that the June 30 deadline has passed for the measures to be placed (or removed) in the November 8, 2022 ballot, what measures will California voters decide? According to the California Secretary of State, the following seven measures will be voted on by voters across the state in just over four months:
ACA 10 (Atkins) Resolution Chapter 97, 2022 Bylaws
This measure would amend the California Constitution to prohibit the state from denying or interfering with an individual’s reproductive freedom in their most intimate decisions, which includes their fundamental right to choose to have an abortion and their fundamental right to choose or refuse contraceptives.
AUTHORIZES NEW TYPES OF GAMES. CONSTITUTIONAL AND STATUTORY AMENDMENT INITIATIVE.
The measure would allow federally recognized Native American tribes to operate roulette, dice games, and sports betting on tribal lands, subject to pacts negotiated by the governor and ratified by the legislature. From 2022, allows on-site sports betting only at private racetracks in four specified counties for people 21 or older. Imposes a 10% tax on sports betting profits at racetracks; directs a portion of revenue to law enforcement and problem gambling programs. Prohibits the marketing of sports betting to persons under the age of 21. Allows private suits to enforce other gaming laws. Summary of Legislative Analyst and Chief Financial Officer’s Estimate of Fiscal Impact on State and Local Governments: Increased State Revenue of up to Tens of Millions of Dollars a Year from Payments carried out by facilities offering sports betting and new civil penalties authorized by this measure. A portion of this revenue would reflect a change from other existing state and local revenues. Increased state regulatory costs, potentially reaching low tens of millions of dollars per year. Some or all of these costs would be offset by increased revenues or reimbursements to the state. Increased state enforcement costs, likely not to exceed several million dollars per year, related to a new civil enforcement tool for enforcing certain gaming laws.
ENABLES ONLINE AND MOBILE SPORTS BETTING. CONSTITUTIONAL AND BYLAWS AMENDMENT INITIATIVE.
This measure would legalize online and mobile sports betting, which is currently prohibited, for people aged 21 and over. Such wagers may only be offered by Federally Recognized Indian Tribes and eligible companies that contract with them. Persons placing bets must be in California and not located on Indian lands. Imposes a 10% tax on sports betting revenue and licensing fees. Directs tax and licensing revenue first to regulatory costs, then the remainder to: 85% to homelessness programs; 15% to non-participating tribes. Specifies licensing, regulatory, consumer protection and betting integrity standards for sports betting. Summary of Legislative Analyst and Chief Financial Officer’s estimate of fiscal impact on state and local governments: Increased state revenue of up to hundreds of millions of dollars annually from online sports betting taxes, licensing fees and penalties. A portion of this revenue would reflect a change from other existing state and local revenues. Increased state regulatory costs, potentially reaching the tens of millions of dollars per year, which would be fully or partially offset by increased revenues.
PROVIDES ADDITIONAL FUNDING FOR ARTS AND MUSIC EDUCATION IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS. INITIATIVE STATUS.
This measure would provide additional funding for arts and music education in all K-12 public schools (including charter schools) by allocating each year from the state’s general fund a amount equal to 1% of required state and local government funding for public schools. Allocates a greater proportion of funds to schools serving the most economically disadvantaged students. Schools with 500 or more students must spend at least 80% of funding on employing teachers and the remainder on training, supplies and educational partnerships. Requires audits and limits administrative costs to 1% of funding. Summary of Legislative Analyst and CFO’s estimate of fiscal impact on state and local governments: increased spending likely in the range of $800 million to $1 billion per year, at starting in 2023-2024, for arts education in schools.
REQUIRES A LICENSED MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL ON-SITE AT KIDNEY DIALYSIS CLINICS AND SET OTHER STATE REQUIREMENTS. INITIATIVE STATUS.
This measure would require physicians, nurse practitioners or physician assistants, with six months of relevant experience, to be on site during treatments in outpatient kidney dialysis clinics; allows for a staffing shortage exemption if a qualified healthcare professional is available via telehealth. Requires clinics to disclose to patients all physicians who hold a five percent or greater stake in the clinic. Requires clinics to report dialysis-related infection data to the state. Prohibits clinics from closing or drastically reducing services without state approval. Prohibits clinics from refusing to treat patients based on source of payment. Summary of Legislative Analyst and CFO’s estimate of fiscal impact on state and local governments: Increased costs to state and local governments likely in the range of tens of millions of dollars per year.
PROVIDES FUNDING FOR GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSION REDUCTION PROGRAMS BY INCREASE PERSONAL INCOME TAX TO MORE THAN $2 MILLION. INITIATIVE STATUS.
This measure would increase personal income tax by more than $2 million by 1.75% for individuals and married couples and allocate the new tax revenues as follows: (1) 45% for rebates and other incentives to the purchase of zero-emission vehicles and 35% for charging stations for zero-emission vehicles, with at least half of this funding going to low-income households and communities; and (2) 20% for forest fire prevention and suppression programs, with priority given to the hiring and training of firefighters. Requires program and expenditure audits. Summary of Legislative Analyst and Chief Financial Officer’s Estimate of Fiscal Impact on State and Local Governments: Increase in annual state tax revenue ranging from $3 billion to $4.5 billion , with additional revenue being used to support zero-emission vehicle programs and wildfire-related activities. Potential increase in state administrative costs paid by other sources of funding which could reach tens of millions to a few hundred million dollars per year. Net decrease in national and local transport revenues of up to tens of millions of dollars per year in the first years, and increasing to a few hundred million dollars per year after several years.
REFERENDUM CHALLENGING A 2020 LAW BANNING THE RETAIL SALE OF CERTAIN FLAVORED TOBACCO PRODUCTS.
This is a referendum challenging a 2020 law on the next national ballot after the November 3, 2020 general election. The contested law prohibits the retail sale of certain flavored tobacco products and tobacco flavor enhancers. The referendum would require a majority of voters to approve the state law of 2020 before it can go into effect.