Prop. 59 Status
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Here's the status of the effort to give California voters a voice in promoting a Constitutional amendment affirming that money is not speech and that corporations don't have Constitutional rights. The effort is now embodied in SB 254, a bill working through the State Legislature.
Text of the proposed measure
“Shall California’s elected officials use all of their constitutional authority, including, but not limited to, proposing and ratifying one or more amendments to the United States Constitution, to overturn Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission (2010) 558 U.S. 310, and other applicable judicial precedents, to allow the full regulation or limitation of campaign contributions and spending, to ensure that all citizens, regardless of wealth, may express their views to one another, and to make clear that corporations should not have the same constitutional rights as human beings?”
Most Recent Update:
Alert! 2014's Prop 49 has been reborn as 2016's Prop.59!!!
Governor Brown's non-veto is short and sweet -- SB 254 has become law.
WE MUST PASS PROP. 59 OVERWHELMINGLY THIS FALL!!!
08/13/16: Move to Amend's statewide Prop. 59 team will meet in San Jose to plan our support for the campaign. Send an email to email@example.com to learn more.
07/16: SB 254 has given borth to Prop. 59
06/08/16: Governor Brown let SB 254 become law. On to the ballot!!
- 2013: A small group of activists from LA (Money Out Voters In, or MOVI) begins to camp out in Sacramento lobbying legislators to propose a State ballot measure to allow California voters to instruct their representatives to propose and support a U.S. Constitutional amendment allowing regulation of money in politics and affirming that only human beings have Constitutional rights.
- February 21, 2014: Ted Lieu, Senator from the 28th District, takes up the mantle and introduces SB 1272, proposing a measure for the November, 2014 ballot.
- May 28, 2014: The Senate passes SB 1272 by a vote of 23-12.
- June 30, 2014: The Assembly passes amended SB 1272 by a vote of 52-23.
- July 3, 2014: The Senate passes Assembly-amended SB 1272 by a vote of 24-11.
- July 9, 2014: The Legislature presents SB 1272 to the Governor.
- July 15, 2014: SB 1272 becomes law without the Governor’s signature.
- July 22, 2014: The Secretary of State puts Prop. 49 on the November 2014 ballot.
- July 23, 2014: The Howard Jarvis Association files a lawsuit against placement on the ballot.
- July 31, 2014: The California Third District Court of Appeal tosses out the lawsuit 2-1 without comment.
- August 11, 2014: By a vote of 5-1 the California Supreme Court orders the Secretary of State to remove the proposition from the ballot pending review.
- October 7, 2015: The California Supreme Court hears oral arguments from The Legislature and from the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association.
- January 4, 2016: The California Supreme Court rejects the Jarvis suit 6-1, but goes no further, leaving no path to put Prop. 49 on the November 2016 ballot (the law passed by the Legislature explicitly put the measure on the 2014 ballot).
- January 20, 2016: The State Legislature files a petition with the State Supreme Court for a re-hearing on Prop. 49 for the purpose of changing the date specified in the law from November 2014 to November 2016. The Court responds with a commitment to rule on or before April 1, 2016.
- February 29, 2016: The Supreme Court denies the Legislature’s petition.
- March 3, 2016: Senators Ben Allen, successor to Ted Lieu in District 28, and Mark Leno, of District 11 amend SB 254 to be a replacement for 2014’s SB 1272. SB 254 is a Highway bill from 2015, sponsored by Senator Allen and passed by the Senate in 2015. Senator Allen has replaced the content of SB 254 with the content of the defunct SB 1272. The new SB 254 has been newly coauthored by Senators Hancock, Jackson and Wieckowski, and because it is a 2-year bill and its prior incarnation was already passed by the Senate, it will now go directly to the Assembly. The initial point of consideration will be the Election and Redistricting Committee of the Assembly. After it passes the Assembly, it will return to the Senate for reconciliation.