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AdvocacyPublic, legislative and legal advocacy

There are two ways a measure can be placed on the ballot.

  • The Legislature has the ability to place constitutional amendments, bond measures, and proposed changes in law on the ballot.
  • Any California voter can put an initiative or a referendum on the ballot by following the "How to Qualify an Initiative" process. 

A statewide ballot measure can be approved by a majority vote of the people. Certain local ballot measures require approval by a 55 percent or a two-thirds vote of the electorate.

To view measures that have qualified for the November ballot, see the California Secretary of State's website.

2016 Ballot Measures

All four 2016 ballot measures supported by CSBA were approved by California's voters:

PROPOSITION 51 - PASSED (55.2 percent "YES" vote)
“The Kindergarten Through Community College Public Education Facilities Bond Act of 2016”
CSBA Position:
SUPPORT

This state general obligation bond measure totals $9 billion, $7 billion of which would be devoted to K-12 education: $3 billion for new facilities construction, $3 billion for modernization needs and $500 million each for charter schools and career technical education. Read more here.

Sample resolution language | Sample letter of support language | Talking points | Initiative language (Secretary of State) | LAO overview (5/18/16) | LAO analysis

PROPOSITION 55 - PASSED (63.3 percent "YES" vote)
“The California Children’s Education and Health Care Protection Act of 2016”
CSBA Position: SUPPORT

Submitted to the secretary of state for verification of signatures on May 11, this measure would temporarily extend the income tax provisions of Proposition 30 for 12 years, with revenues split between K-14 education and health care. The sales tax provisions of Proposition 30 will not be extended. Extending these income tax provisions, which will otherwise sunset in 2018, could generate as much as $4 billion annually for K-12 education. Read more here.

Sample resolution language |
Sample letter of support language | Talking points | Initiative language (Secretary of State) | LAO analysis

PROPOSITION 56 - PASSED (64.4 percent "YES" vote)
“The California Health Care, Research and Prevention Tobacco Tax Act of 2016”
CSBA Position:
SUPPORT

This increase in taxes on tobacco products (including electronic cigarettes) could generate as much as $1.5 billion (with $1 billion in matching federal funds), of which as much as $45 million would be allocated to the Department of Education for tobacco education and prevention programs. Read more here.

Sample resolution language | Sample letter of support language | Talking points | Initiative language (Secretary of State) | LAO analysis

PROPOSITION 58 - PASSED (73.5 percent "YES" vote)
The LEARN (Language Education, Acquisition and Readiness Now) Initiative
CSBA Position:
SUPPORT

In 1998, voters approved Proposition 227 requiring that all students be taught in English, and that English learners be taught in sheltered English-immersion courses. This measure repeals those provisions. It also requires pupils to be taught in structured English-immersion programs for the purpose of providing access to core academic standards, and requires that LEAs to provide effective and appropriate methods for language acquisition programs. Read more here.

Sample resolution language | Sample letter of support language | Talking points | Initiative language (Secretary of State)