California Ballot Measures: What's Passed, What's Next
THR will be updating the status of pot, porn and plastic bags (among other propositions) as the votes come in.
Banning plastic bags might not be as sexy an issue as the race for the presidency, but more than a dozen statewide ballot measures that will affect Californians are also being decided this Election Day.
From legalizing marijuana to repealing the death penalty, here's a look at some of the other issues on the ballot this year. In most cases, statewide propositions go into effect the day after the election.
Proposition 60 — Requires condoms in porn
Status: Failed. (54% No)
No on 60: Condoms are still required in films in Los Angeles County under Measure B.
Proposition 62 — Repeals the death penalty
Status: Failed. (54% No)
No on 62: The death penalty remains a sentencing option and could be reformed under Proposition 66.
Proposition 63 — Requires background checks for ammunition purchases
Status: Passed. (63% Yes)
Yes on 63: Individuals will need a permit and a background check to purchase ammunition. The measure also will eliminate some exemptions to the large-capacity magazines ban and increase related penalties.
Proposition 64 — Marijuana legalization
Status: Passed. (56% Yes)
Yes on 64: Recreational marijuana use will be legal for adults age 21 and older. Also, medical marijuana patients with a state ID will no longer have to pay sales tax. Note: Technically it would be legal for those 21 and up to smoke weed without a prescription on Nov. 9, but businesses likely won't be licensed to sell recreational pot until January 2018.
Proposition 66 — Death penalty procedure reform
Status: Passed. (51% Yes)
Yes on 66: Will put trial courts in charge of evaluating initial petitions challenging death penalty convictions, set a time limit for death penalty review and require appointed attorneys to work on death penalty cases. It also will require death row prisoners to work and pay restitution to victims' families.
In brief, here are the rest of the statewide ballot measures, which will be updated with results as they come in.
Prop 51: Creates $9 billion in bonds for schools — Passed. (54% Yes)
Prop 52: Continues the hospital fee revenue dedicated to Medi-Cal — Passed. (70% Yes)
Prop 53: Requires voter approval of state-funded projects costing more than $2 billion — Failed. (51% No)
Prop 54: Requires legislation to be posted online for 72 hours before it can pass — Passed. (64% Yes)
Prop 55: Extends personal income taxes for those earning more than $250,000 — Passed. (62% Yes)
Prop 56: Increases the cigarette tax by $2 per pack — Passed. (63% Yes)
Prop 57: Changes probation regulations for non-violent offenders and who determines if a young person is tried as a juvenile — Passed. (64% Yes)
Prop 58: Regulates bilingual education requirements in public schools — Passed. (72% Yes)
Prop 59: Advises the California elected officials to use their authority to overturn the Citizens United Supreme Court decision which protected political spending as free speech — Passed. (52% Yes)
Prop 61: Regulates the price the state pays for prescription drugs — Failed. (54% No)
Prop 65: Designates that revenue from single-use plastic carryout bags be used for environmental initiatives — Failed. (55% No)
Prop 67: Bans (free) single-use plastic carryout bags — Passed. (52% Yes)
The full list of ballot initiatives and results in Los Angeles County can be found here.