Statewide Propositions

by Placerville Newswire / Oct 10, 2016 / comments


Frank Stephens [Conservative]


Our dysfunctional government has loaded up our ballot with a wish list of more stupid laws and costly regulations. Now is the time to become familiar with them so we are informed voters. These are my recommendations.



Prop 52 – YES: This creates more accountability and requires public oversight for any change to the hospital fee. With our hospitals required to care for the uninsured in the emergency department, they have self imposed this fee to enable access to federal grants that offset this hard cost which would otherwise cause our hospitals to close and decrease access.

Prop 53 – YES:  This creates more accountability and requires a vote of the people for revenue bonds above $2 Billion.

Prop 54 – YES:  The legislature should be required to post legislation online for 72 hours before it can vote on it.

Prop 55 – NO:  No more income tax increases, in fact we should be cutting taxes. I didn’t support it when first on the ballot and do not support its extension.

Prop 56 – NO:  No more taxes. Period.

Prop 57 – NO:  The Governor has lost his mind on this one. First it was AB 109, then Prop 47, and now this. How much does violent crime have to increase before people are willing to say no?

Prop 58 – NO:  I support English as the official language of our education system and learning English is the only way to prepare students to succeed in the world.

Prop 59 – NO:  Elected officials have a conflict of interest when it comes to the Citizens United v FEC decision. Giving elected officials this kind of power is an overreach.

Prop 60 – NO:  I do not believe this ballot initiative should be taken seriously.

Prop 61 – NO:  I do not believe the government should be pricing drugs. Furthermore, the moment the government begins to mandate this kind of excessive regulation on our healthcare system it stifles research and development and slows the effort to find cures for terminal illnesses.

Prop 62 – NO:  I support the death penalty.

Prop 63 – NO:  Another useless leftist measure that will not stop terrorists from getting access to guns. It will however create a costly bureaucracy for an already bureaucratic process for small business owners who sell firearms

Prop 64 – NO:  I believe the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes will increase the risk for crime and other potential dangers as Colorado is experiencing.

Prop 65 – NO:  I do not support the plastic bag ban. This type of tax only hurts the working class by increasing their cost for the use of plastic bags.

Prop 66 – YES:  Reforming the California death penalty will ensure due process protections for those sentenced to death and promote justice for murder victims and their families. This will save taxpayers millions.

Prop 67 – NO:  I oppose the plastic bag ban. More idiocy from radical environmentalists.



Proposition 51 - School construction bond

Proposition 52 - Hospital fees

Proposition 53 - Revenue bond restrictions

Proposition 54 - Legislative transparency

Proposition 55 - Income tax on high earners

Proposition 56 - Tobacco tax increase

Proposition 57 - Criminal justice

Proposition 58 - Bilingual education

Proposition 59 - Campaign finance

Proposition 60 - Condom requirement

Proposition 61 - State drug price cap

Proposition 62 - Death penalty repeal

Proposition 63 - Gun, ammunition control

Proposition 64 - Marijuana legalization

Proposition 65 - Carry-out bag sales

Proposition 66 - Death penalty procedures

Proposition 67 - Plastic bag ban


The following chart illustrates how much support and opposition committees have amassed in campaign contributions for each measure:

Note: In some cases committees are registered to support or oppose multiple propositions. Ballotpedia lists the total sum committees registered to support or oppose each propositions has received in contributions. This means that the sum of all contributions in the chart below is likely higher than the total amount sum contributed. For example, the same committee is registered to both support Proposition 66 and oppose Proposition 62, causing some donations to that committee to be duplicated in the chart below. However, the sum contributed discussed in the above text has removed these funds. In other words, these donations are not duplicated in the text above.

Ballot Measure: Support contributions: Opposition contributions: Outcome:
California Proposition 50, Legislator Suspension Amendment (June 2016) $0.00 $0.00 Approved
California Proposition 51, Public School Facility Bonds (2016) $9,831,284.38 $0.00  
California Proposition 52, Voter Approval to Divert Hospital Fee Revenue Dedicated to Medi-Cal (2016) $60,040,522.56 $11,562,866.05  
California Proposition 53, Voter Approval Requirement for Revenue Bonds above $2 Billion (2016) $5,571,068.77 $3,797,040.43  
California Proposition 54, Public Display of Legislative Bills Prior to Vote (2016) $10,541,844.00 $0.00  
California Proposition 55, Extension of the Proposition 30 Income Tax Increase (2016) $49,768,289.98 $0.00  
California Proposition 56, Tobacco Tax Increase (2016) $22,331,255.97 $56,253,080.00  
California Proposition 57, Parole for Non-Violent Criminals and Juvenile Court Trial Requirements (2016) $8,026,575.75 $252,131.70  
California Proposition 58, Non-English Languages Allowed in Public Education (2016) $1,124,933.00 $0.00  
California Proposition 59, Overturn of Citizens United Act Advisory Question (2016) $77,928.82 $0.00  
California Proposition 60, Condoms in Pornographic Films (2016) $4,147,809.19 $391,288.72  
California Proposition 61, Drug Price Standards (2016) $14,550,554.24 $86,894,199.00  
California Proposition 62, Repeal of the Death Penalty (2016) $5,895,985.16 $4,212,882.70  
California Proposition 63, Background Checks for Ammunition Purchases and Large-Capacity Ammunition Magazine Ban (2016) $4,709,796.24 $653,826.41  
California Proposition 64, Marijuana Legalization (2016) $16,970,725.67 $2,026,501.16  
California Proposition 65, Dedication of Revenue from Disposable Bag Sales to Wildlife Conservation Fund (2016) $6,136,883.26[4] $0.00  
California Proposition 66, Death Penalty Procedures (2016) $4,777,072.20 $6,595,515.39  
California Proposition 67, Plastic Bag Ban Veto Referendum (2016) $3,421,446.86 $6,136,883.26[5]