California Initiative Review
The California Initiative Review (CIR) is a non-partisan, objective Web publication which provides comprehensive, independent analyses of California Ballot initiatives and related issues. The review is produced each year by the Capital Center for Law & Policy at our California Initiative Forum. The CIR also appears on Under the Dome, which is an online resource for California law, politics and policy.
At every statewide election in California, voters make choices about candidates and ballot propositions. Statewide ballot measures, including initiatives and referendums, are a form of direct democracy and allow voters to have a voice in the laws that will govern them.
In an effort to aid voters in exercising their choice, students in the California Initiative Seminar course at McGeorge study and analyze all statewide ballot measures for each California election. Their objective analyses are published here as the California Initiative Review (CIR).
In each analysis, you will find an executive summary of the report, followed by a section describing the changes that the proposition will make to existing law. Each analysis also details any other consequences that might result from the change in law, any drafting issues with the proposition language, and any anticipated constitutional challenges if the proposition passes. Finally, the analysis presents the policy considerations advanced by both the proponents and opponents of the measure.
The editors of the CIR publish the analyses of current measures in advance of the election date in an effort to give voters ample opportunity to consider the issues. Past initiative analyses and reports are published on a continuing basis.
Published materials remain on this website after each election for future reference.
- November 2016 Initiatives
- Introduction and Initiative Review "At-a-glance" (pdf) — for Nov. 8, 2016
- Proposition 51: School Bonds. Funding for K-12 School and Community College Facilities. (pdf)
- Proposition 52: Medi-Cal Hospital Fee Program. (pdf)
- Proposition 53: Revenue Bonds. Statewide Voter Approval. (pdf)
- Proposition 54: Legislature. Legislation and Proceedings. "California Legislature Transparency Act" (pdf)
- Proposition 55: Tax Extension to Fund Education and Healthcare. (pdf)
- Proposition 56: Cigarette Tax to Fund Healthcare, Tobacco Use Prevention, Research, and Law Enforcement (pdf)
- Proposition 57: Criminal Sentence. Parole. Juvenile Criminal Proceedings and Sentencing. "The Public Safety and Rehabilitation Act of 2016" (pdf)
- Proposition 58: English Proficiency. Multilingual Education. "California Education for a Global Economy Initiative" (pdf)
- Proposition 59: Corporations. Political Spending. Federal Constitutional Protections. Legislative Advisory Question. (pdf)
- Proposition 60: Adult Films. Condoms. Health Requirements. (pdf)
- Proposition 61: State Prescription Drug Purchases. Pricing Standards. (pdf)
- Proposition 62: Death Penalty. "The Justice That Works Act of 2016" (pdf)
- Proposition 63: Firearms. Ammunition Sales. "Safety for All Act of 2016" (pdf)
- Proposition 64: Marijuana Legalization. (pdf)
- Proposition 65: Carryout Bags. Charges. (pdf)
- Proposition 66: Death Penalty. Procedures. "Death Penalty Reform and Savings Act of 2016" (pdf)
- Proposition 67: Ban on Single-Use Plastic Bags. (pdf)
- November 2014 Initiatives
- Professor Mary-Beth Moylan discussed the ballot propositions on CapRadio's Insight program with Beth Ruyak on Oct. 13, 2014.
- California Initiative Review
- Video of the Oct. 23, 2012 forum (YouTube)
- Voice of Russia correspondent Stephen Schaber spoke with Vincent Wiraatmadja, a second-year law student at the University of the McGeorge School of Law, to discuss the ballot initiative and its implications.
- November 2012 (pdf)
- June 2012 (Volume 11, Issue 1)
- November 2010
- May 2009 — Special Election
- November 2008
- February 2008 — Presidential Primary Election
- November 2006
- June 2006
- November 2005
- Past Initiatives (Before November 2005)
How to Cite to CIR
An example of citing to a current initiative review:
John Grimes, Proposition 10: State and County Early Childhood Development Programs, Cal. Init. Rev., (Fall 1998)
An example of citing to a past initiative review:
Kerri L. Ruzicka, Proposition 63 (1986): English as the Official Language, Cal. Init. Rev., (Spring 2000)
Note: If your publication method does not support small capital letters, please use all capital letters. The date in parentheses (Fall 1998; Spring 2000) is the date the review was published and not the date accessed on the Internet.
Questions or Comments?
Contact Professor Mary-Beth Moylan
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