Sample Ballot: California, 33rd Congressional District

This sample ballot shows candidates running in the 2014 general election. In this early version of Crowdpac, we feature all congressional candidates nationwide and provide data for California candidates running for statewide and state legislative offices. In the future, we will feature candidates for statewide and state legislative offices in all 50 states.

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Proposition 1

Proposition 1 will allow California to spend $7.12 billion for a variety of state water supply projects. These include infrastructure projects like increased drinking water protections, groundwater storage projects, drought relief, and watershed protection/restoration. The money will come from a bond (loan). This bond act was approved in the CA state legislature in August 2014, but the California state Constitution requires voters to vote on acts that will create a debt of more than $300,000. Therefore, the decision needs to be voted on by the public.

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Proposition 2

Proposition 2 is a state constitutional amendment, which proposes to change the rules for the state’s budget reserve (or savings accounts which is called the Budget Stabilization Account (BSA)). The changes would require a minimum amount go to paying down existing state debt. The proposition also changes the rules around contributions and withdrawals from the BSA; it reduces both the the minimum requirement for what can be added and what can be withdrawn in a given year. In years when capital gains tax revenues are high, returns above a certain threshold are saved in the BSA. Prop. 2 would also change school funding by requiring local districts to cut their funding while establishing a separate state-wide reserve using some of the funds from capital gains taxes in good years.

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Proposition 45

This proposition requires that before any changes to health insurance plans —including rate changes—take effect, they are put to public notice, hearings, judicial review, and approval by the Insurance Commissioner. This would exclude employer large group health plans, as Prop. 45 changes would apply to Individual and Small Group Employer health plans, which make up a combined 16% of health insurance options used by Californians.

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Proposition 46

Proposition 46 focuses on medical malpractice lawsuits, patients with substance abuse problems, and randomized drug tests for doctors. It raises the cap on how much patients can receive for non-economic damages in malpractice lawsuits from the current cap of $250,000 set in 1975 and allows it to be adjusted for inflation, (raising it to $1.1 million). Prop. 46 requires doctors to use the Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System (CURES) before prescribing certain drugs. Prop. 46 requires random drug and alcohol testing for doctors and mandates reporting if another doctor might be under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

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Proposition 47

Proposition 47 reduces jail sentences and other penalties for offenders convicted of nonviolent property and drug crimes. It would make it possible for offenders already convicted of such crimes to apply to reduce their sentences. Any savings to the state would be used for social programs, including to support victim services, truancy prevention, mental health and substance abuse treatment.

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Proposition 48

Proposition 48 approves a business agreement (gaming compact) between the North Fork and Wiyot tribes, allowing North Fork to build and operate a casino west of State highway 99 in Madera County. However, the Wiyot Tribe would be prohibited from building a casino on its land near the Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge due to environmental concerns. Under Proposition 48, North Fork would make annual payments to Wiyot and to a fund that allocates money to tribes that do not operate large casinos. North Fork would also make payments to the Special Distribution Fund (SDF), the California Department of Transportation and to various local Madera agencies.

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