Legislative Action Team Positions and Results to California Propositions

December 26, 2018

Legislative Action Team Positions and Results to California Propositions

November 6, 2018

 

The Palm Desert Area Chamber of Commerce Legislative Action Team read, reviewed, and discussed the eleven ballot measures on the November 6, 2018 ballot. The Team took their positions to the Executive Board for approval and presentation to our members. Below is how we faired on election day. We included the position of the California Chamber of Commerce as your Legislative Action Team does not always agree with CalChamber’s positions.

Propositions:

 

Prop 1 – Veterans and Affordable Housing Bond Act: Passed with 54.1 percent

  • A Yes Vote: The state will sell $4 (8) billion in bonds for affordable housing.
  • No Vote: The state will not sell bonds.

The Chamber has chosen to Abstain from providing a recommendation on this measure due to issues relating to how money is or wouldn’t be cycled or recycled. CalChamber has taken the position to Support.

 

Prop 2 – No Place Like Home Act: Passed with 61.1 percent

  • Yes Vote: The state can use mental health funds for housing for the homeless.
  • No Vote: The state cannot use the funds.

The Chamber has chosen to Support this proposition as it is an amendment to a previously adopted ballot measure which should allow monies to be expended for the specific purposes. CalChamber has taken the position to Support.

 

Prop 3 – Bonds for Water: Failed – only achieving 47.7 percent in support

  • Yes Vote: The state can sell $8.9 in bonds to fund water and environmental projects.
  • A No Vote: The state cannot sell bonds.

The Chamber has chosen to Support this measure as it would directly fund $200 million for the Salton Sea. Additional monies would be available through competitive grants. CalChamber has taken the position to Support.

 

Prop 4 – Bonds for Construction at Hospitals Providing Children’s Health Care: Passed with 60.6 percent

  • Yes Vote: The state can sell $1.5 billion in bonds for the construction, expansion, renovation, and equipping of certain hospitals that treat children.
  • No Vote: The state cannot sell bonds.

The Chamber has chosen to Support this measure. CalChamber has taken the position to Support.

 

Prop 5 – Homeowners Tax Base Replacement Initiative: Failed – only receiving 41.9 percent of the vote

  • Yes Vote: All homeowners who are over 55 (or who meet other qualifications) would be eligible for property tax savings when they move to a different house.
  • No Vote: Homeowners who are over 55 would not see a continuation of Proposition 13 benefits if they move to a different home.

The Chamber has chosen to Support this measure. CalChamber has taken the position to Support.

 

Prop 6 – Gas Tax and Vehicle Registration Fees: Failed – only receiving 44.9 percent of the vote to repeal this tax and registration fees

  • Yes Vote: Gas and vehicle taxes recently passed by the Legislature would be eliminated.
  • A No Vote: Gas and vehicle taxes recently passed by the Legislature would continue to be in effect.

The Chamber has chosen to Support this measure and rescind the gas and vehicle registration taxes. CalChamber has taken the position to Oppose this ballot measure.

 

Prop 7 – Daylight Saving Time: Passed with 59.9 percent of the vote

  • Yes Vote: The Legislature, with a two-thirds vote, could change daylight saving time if the change is allowed by the federal government.
  • No Vote: California would maintain its current daylight saving time period, early March to early November.

While this isn’t a business-related decision by the Chamber, the Chamber Opposes the ballot measure which would allow the State Legislature to determine the State’s involvement in the Daylight Saving Time program. CalChamber is not taking a position on Prop 7.

 

Prop 8 – Regulation and Price Control of Kidney Dialysis Clinics: Failed – only 38.4 percent supported financial regulation

  • Yes Vote: Kidney dialysis clinics would have their revenues limited by a formula and could be required to pay rebates to certain parties (primarily health insurance companies) that pay for dialysis treatment.
  • No Vote: Kidney dialysis clinics would operate without the extra control.

The Chamber has chosen to Oppose this ballot measure, as it would restrict insurance coverage for dialysis patients. CalChamber has also taken the position to Oppose this proposition.

 

Prop 10 – Expands Local Governments’ Authority to Enact Rent Control on Residential Property: Failed – only 38.3 percent supported new rent control measures

  • Yes Vote: State law would not limit the kinds of rent control laws cities and counties could have.
  • No Vote: State law would continue to limit the kinds of rent control laws cities and counties could have.

The Chamber has chosen to Oppose this proposition as it would discourage new home construction, reducing housing supply and quality. CalChamber also Opposes this ballot measure.

 

Prop 11 – Private-Sector Emergency Ambulance Employees to Remain on Call During Work Breaks: Passed – 59.4 percent supporting

  • Yes Vote: Private ambulance companies could continue their current practice of having emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics stay on-duty during their meal and rest breaks in order to respond to 911 calls.
  • No Vote: Private ambulance companies would be subject to labor laws for this industry. Based on a recent court decision, these laws likely would require ambulance companies to provide EMTs and paramedics with off-duty meal and rest breaks that cannot be interrupted by 911 call.

The Chamber has chosen to Support this ballot measure, to continue the practice with meal breaks subject to emergency calls. CalChamber has not taken a position on this proposition.

 

Prop 12 – New Standards for Confinement of Certain Farm Animals; Bans Sale of Certain Non-Complying Products: Passed – 61.0 percent supported expanding animal space minimums

  • Yes Vote: There would be new minimum requirements on farmers to provide more space for egg-laying hens, breeding pigs, and calves raised for veal.
  • No Vote: Current minimum space requirements for confining animals would continue to apply.

The Chamber has chosen to Oppose this proposition as the existing minimum requirements are quite extensive. CalChamber has not taken a position on this proposition.

 

 

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