November Election Wrap-Up

In June, Governor Schwarzenegger announced a special election would be held on November 8, 2005. There were eight propositions the California voters will consider. The Southwest California Legislative Council reviewed each proposition, determined its positions and provided in-depth analysis on Propositions 74, 75, 76, 77. The following is the results summary of the eight propositions on the ballot.

Proposition 73: Minor’s Pregnancy
Southwest California Legislative Council Position: NO POSITION

Failed Statewide 52.5% to 47.5%

Passed Riverside County 59% to 41%

Proposition 74: Teacher Tenure
Southwest California Legislative Council Position: SUPPORT

Failed Statewide 55% to 45%

Passed Riverside County 52% to 48%

Proposition 75: Public Union Dues
Southwest California Legislative Council Position: SUPPORT

Failed Statewide 53.4% to 46.6%

Passed Riverside County 53.8% to 46.2%

Proposition 76: Spending/Funding
Southwest California Legislative Council Position: SUPPORT

Failed Statewide 38% to 62%

Failed Riverside County 53.4% to 46.6%

Proposition 77: Redistricting
Southwest California Legislative Council Position: SUPPORT

Failed Statewide 59.5% to 40.5%

Failed Riverside County 52.4% to 47.6%

Proposition 78: Rx Drug Discounts
Southwest California Legislative Council Position: OPPOSE

Failed Statewide 58.4% to 41.6%

Failed Riverside County 51.9% to 48.1%

Proposition 79: Rx Drug Rebates
Southwest California Legislative Council Position: OPPOSE

Failed Statewide 61.1% to 38.9%

Failed Riverside County 66.6% to 33.4%

Proposition 80: Electric Regulation
Southwest California Legislative Council Position: OPPOSE

Failed Statewide 65.7% to 34.3%

Failed Riverside County 69% to 31%

November 7, 2005

Southwest California Legislative CouncilUrges Businesses to Vote

In June, Governor Schwarzenegger announced a special election would be held on November 8, 2005. There are eight propositions the California voters will consider. The Southwest California Legislative Council recently reviewed each proposition, determined its positions and providesin-depth analysis on Propositions 74, 75, 76, 77

Proposition 73
Southwest California Legislative Council Position: NO POSITION

Amends California Constitution, defining and prohibiting abortion for minors until 48 hours after physician notifies minor’s parent/guardian, except in medical emergency or with parental waiver. Mandates reporting requirements.  Authorizes monetary damages against physicians for violation.

Proposition 74
Southwest California Legislative Council Position: SUPPORT

Increases the time required before a public school teacher may become a permanent employee from two years to five years.  Applies to teachers whose probationary period began during or after the 03-04 fiscal year.  Modifies the process by which school boards can dismiss a permanent teaching employee who receives two consecutive unsatisfactory performance evaluations.

<Click here for Proposition 74 – In Depth

By Alice Sullivan, Member

Southwest California Legislative Council

Proposition 75
Southwest California Legislative Council Position: SUPPORT

Prohibits using public union dues for political contributions without individual employees’ prior consent.  Excludes contributions benefiting charities or employees.  Requires unions to report political contributions to Fair Political Practices Commission.

<Click here for Proposition 75 – In Depth

By Gene Wunderlich, Chairman

Southwest California Legislative Council

Proposition 76
Southwest California Legislative Council Position: SUPPORT

Places a limit on state expenditures based on an average of revenue growth in the three prior years.  Grants the Governor authority to reduce state spending unilaterally during certain fiscal crises.  Changes several Constitutional provisions relating to the minimum funding guarantee for K-12 schools and community colleges, and makes other changes relating to transportation and other funds.  Together, these provisions will likely reduce state spending compared to what it would be under current law and provide a smoother pattern and perhaps a different mix of state spending.

<Click here for Proposition 76 – In Depth

By Rex Oliver, Member

Southwest California Legislative Council

Proposition 77
Southwest California Legislative Council Position: SUPPORT

Amends state Constitution’s process for redistricting California’s Senate, Assembly, Congressional and Board of Equalization districts.  Requires three-member panel of retired judges selected by legislative leaders.

<Click here for Proposition 77 – In Depth

By Dennis Frank, Board Member

Southwest California Legislative Council

Proposition 78
Southwest California Legislative Council Position: OPPOSE

Establishes discount prescription drug program for certain low- and moderate-income Californians.  Authorizes Department of Health Services to contract with participating pharmacies for discounts and with participating drug manufacturers for rebates.

Proposition 79
Southwest California Legislative Council Position: OPPOSE

Provides drug discounts to Californians with qualifying incomes.  Funded by state-negotiated drug manufacturer rebates.  Prohibits Medi-Cal contracts with manufacturers not providing Medicaid best price.

Proposition 80
Southwest California Legislative Council Position: OPPOSE

Subjects electric service providers to regulation by California Public Utilities Commission.  Restricts electricity customers’ ability to switch from private utilities to other providers.  Requires all retail electric sellers to increase renewable energy resources procurement by 2010.

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