November 3, 2020 General Elections

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A full analysis of all the November 2020 propositions will be posted soon.  As the California Catholic Conference does every election, the analysis will contain a non-partisan look at every measure along with relevant Catholic social teaching to help in individual discernment.   The California Bishops do not take a position on all ballot initiatives but they may when the measure involves signifiant moral and ethical elements of particular concern.  Currently, the California Bishops oppose Proposition 14 and are likely to make recommendations on other measures soon.

November 2020 California Ballot Propositions

Proposition 14

Issues $5.5 billion in bonds for state stem cell research institute - California Catholic Conference of Bishops oppose Proposition 14.

Proposition 15

Requires commercial and industrial properties to be taxed based on market value and dedicates revenue

Proposition 16

Repeals Proposition 209 (1996), which says that the state cannot discriminate or grant preferential treatment based on race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in public employment, education, or contracting

Proposition 17

Restores the right to vote to people convicted of felonies who are on parole

Proposition 18

Allows 17-year-olds who will be 18 at the time of the next general election to vote in primaries and special elections

Proposition 19

Changes tax assessment transfers and inheritance rules

Proposition 20

Makes changes to policies related to criminal sentencing charges, prison release, and DNA collection

Proposition 21

Expands local governments' power to use rent control

Proposition 22

Considers app-based drivers to be independent contractors and enacts several labor policies related to app-based companies

Proposition 23

Requires physician on-site at dialysis clinics and consent from the state for a clinic to close

Proposition 24

Expands the provisions of the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) and creates the California Privacy Protection Agency to implement and enforce the CCPA

Proposition 25

Replaces cash bail with risk assessments for suspects awaiting trial

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