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Round Up of Proposition Results



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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Updated at 9 a.m.

 

California voters approved about half of the 11 ballot measures they faced at the polls.   
 
Measures that Passed:
It was a major win for California Governor Jerry Brown, as Californians approved Proposition 30 - his sales and income tax measure.  
 
Californians also approved Proposition 35, which increases penalties for human trafficking…and 36, which changes the state's three strikes law to allow for shorter sentences in some cases. 
 
Voters gave the go-ahead to Proposition 39, which changes the way multi-state corporations pay California tax; many will pay more. 
 
And Californians overwhelmingly approved Proposition 40, which was a referendum of the state's new Senate district map.  That means the current lines drawn by the citizen's commission will stand. 
 
Measures that Failed:
California voters rejected Proposition 31, which would have changed the state budget process.  
 
They also rejected Proposition 32, which would have banned campaign contributions from corporations and unions. 
 
It was the most expensive battle on November's ballot. More than 120 million dollars was raised to both fight and support the measure.
 
Jake Suski is spokesman for the "Yes on 32" campaign. 
 
 "The unions and the big corporations were in adamant opposition to Prop 32 and the unions spent over 70 million dollars fighting it, and at the end of the day those special interests came out as victors in this election."
 
While labor led the No on Prop. 32 fight, businesses and wealthy Republicans funded the opposing campaign. 
 
Voters also rejected Proposition 33, which would have let auto insurers charge drivers based on their history of coverage.  
 
Proposition 34 , which would repeal the death penalty - is trailing, but too close to call.  Voters rejected Proposition. 37, which would have required labels on products containing genetically modified ingredients.  
 
And they said "no" to Proposition 38, the tax measure that billed itself as a better alternative to Governor Brown's measure. 
 
 
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Three Strikes

California voters have approved reforming the nation's toughest three strikes law to allow for shorter sentences.

Proposition 36 eliminates 25 years-to-life sentences for inmates whose third felony conviction is not a serious or violent crime.  

Dan Newman, with the "Yes on 36" campaign, says the change will save the state millions of dollars.

Newman: "It's a great victory for California taxpayers to keep communities safe because we can focus those law enforcement resources on violent and dangerous criminals instead of wasting money the way we were under this flaw in the law."

Previously, any felony conviction, no matter how minor, triggered the automatic sentence for an offender with two previous felony convictions.

Opponents argued the law needed no alteration and was meant to punish California's habitual offenders.

An effort to repeal California's death penalty appears headed for defeat.

Death Penalty

Proposition 34 would have replaced the death penalty with life without the possibility of parole.

Supporters of the repeal say the state is wasting money on special housing and taxpayer financed appeals for inmates on death row.

But Peter DeMarco, the spokesman for the "No on Prop 34" campaign, says it appears that voters don't buy that argument.

DeMarco: "In the onslaught of millions of dollars in misleading advertising and claims that were never substantiated we had a very strong message that said stand with the victims and their families."

DeMarco says guaranteeing murderers lifetime housing and healthcare would cost taxpayers more money.

With 75-percent of precincts reporting, the proposition was failing 46 to 53-percent.

 Others

For the second time in three years, California voters have rejected a ballot initiative that would have let auto insurers charge drivers based on their history of maintaining coverage.
 
Proposition 33 failed with about 55 percent voting against it. 

Voters also rejected Prop 37 which would have required labels on products containing genetically modified ingredients.

Californians voted in favor of Prop 35, increasing human trafficking penalties.
 
And Proposition 39, which ends a tax break for some businesses, passed.
 
It's expected to generate about a billion dollars a year
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