by Jody P. Bethel
California has 15 propositions on its Nov. 5 ballot. The issues range from campaign spending and affirmative action to the state’s minimum wage and the legalization of marijuana for medical purposes. Below is each proposition and its definition.
·Prop. 204-Provides for nearly a $1 billion fund for a safe, clean drinking water supply. Also includes provisions for cleaning up pollution in lakes, rivers and coastal areas.
·Prop. 205-Provides funds of $700 million for the reconstruction of and renovation of local juvenile and adult correctional facilities.
·Prop. 206-Allows a fund of $400 million to be used for aid toward farm and home aid to California veterans.
·Prop. 207-Prohibits excessive attorney fees, and would impose sanctions for filling frivolous lawsuits.
·Prop. 208-Limits campaign spending, and prohibits contributions from lobbyists.
·Prop. 209-Prohibits discrimination of special treatment based on ones sex, race, color, ethnicity, or national origin in the areas of public education, employment, and contracting.
·Prop. 210-Allows the state minimum wage for all industries to be $5 per hour by March 1, 1997, and $5.75 per hour by March 1,1998.
·Prop. 211-Provides certain restriction towards attorney-client fee arrangements, securities fraud and lawsuits. Prohibits deceptive conduct by any person in securities resulting in a loss of retirement or savings.
·Prop. 212-Repeals campaign contributions and spending limits, gift limits and honoraria limits. Restricts lobbyists’ contributions. Also limits contributions to $200 in state races and $100 in other campaigns.
·Prop. 213-Denies the recovery of all damages to convicted felons for crime-related injury and denies recovery of non-economic damages to drunk drivers and most uninsured motorists.
·Prop. 214-Regulates health care businesses and prohibits the health care industry from discouraging or advocating treatment. Also requires certain criteria for payment.
·Prop. 215-Exempts caregivers from criminal liability for prescribing marijuana for medical purposes and those patients who use it.
·Prop. 216-Also regulates health care businesses and prohibits conditional coverage.
·Prop. 217-Reinstates highest tax rates on taxpayers in the top tax brackets and allocates tax money to local agencies.
·Prop. 218-Requires a majority of voters to approve increases in general taxes. It also requires limitations on fees and charges to property owners.