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Capitol Update
July 02, 2010 California Federation of Republican Women

Mariann Hedstrom, President
Allison Olson, Legislative Advocate

Happy Fourth of July!

This Sunday is our great nations birthday! I hope that everyone has a fun and
safe 4th of July. While celebrating at BBQs and parades and while watching fireworks
, remember the struggles our founding fathers went through to create the United
States.  Never forget the principles they established our nation on: Freedom of
life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness! Happy Fourth of July!

Recess Time

Today the Legislature breaks for their month-long summer recess. Yet we still do not
have a budget. The Governor wants to lower all state workers pay to minimum
wage and the deadline for policy committees to pass out legislation is today. But
dont worry. Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-6) said that
members must be within 24 hours travel-time of the Capitol while on break so that,
if needed, some business can get done. Yet that begs the question; if our
Legislature cant make deadlines or get business done during session, what
makes Steinberg think anything significant can be accomplished over the break?

November Ballot Props

As of June 24th, the deadline for propositions to qualify for the November ballot,
there are 10 propositions headed to a vote. The California Federation of Republican
Women has not yet taken positions on the measures. Please keep an eye out for our
coming November Ballot Guide, as well as a more thorough analysis of the
propositions. Here are the propositions on the November ballot:

Prop 18- California Water Bond.

Prop 19- Changes
California Law to Legalize Marijuana and Allow It to Be Regulated and Taxed.

Prop 20- Redistricting of Congressional Districts.

Prop 21- Establishes $18 Annual Vehicle License Surcharge to Help Fund State Parks
and Wildlife Programs and Grants Free Admission to All State Parks to Surcharged

Prop 22- Prohibits the State from Taking Funds Used for Transportation or Local
Government Projects and Services.

Prop 23- Suspends Air Pollution Control Laws Requiring Major Polluters to Report and
Reduce Greenhouse Gas
Emissions That Cause Global Warming Until Unemployment Drops Below Specified Level
for Full Year.

Prop 24- Repeals Recent Legislation That Would Allow Businesses to Carry Back
Losses, Share Tax Credits, and Use a Sales-Based Income Calculation to Lower Taxable

Prop 25- Changes Legislative Vote Requirement to Pass a Budget from Two-Thirds to a
Simple Majority. Retains Two-Thirds Vote Requirement for Taxes.

Prop 26- Increases Legislative Vote Requirement to Two-Thirds for State Levies and
Charges. Imposes Additional Requirement for Voters to Approve Local Levies and
Charges with Limited

Prop 27- Eliminates State Commission on Redistricting. Consolidates Authority for
Redistricting with Elected Representatives.

Water Bond on Hold?

Ten propositions on the November ballot; not so fast! The Governor and
Legislative leaders are working on postponing the $11.1 billion Water Bond vote to
November 2012. Governor Schwarzenegger feels the focus this year ;should be on
the budget; and that postponing the vote would avoid jeopardizing its
With a $19.9 billion budget deficit, voters might be hard pressed to vote for an
$11.1 billion bond. Both Republican and Democrat leaders in the legislature agree
with the Governor, as does the campaign backing the water bond. In order to suspend
the water bond, the Legislature would have to approve postponing the proposition
with a two-thirds vote before August 9th. The Capitol Update will follow this, so be
sure to check back!

Disclaimer: The Capitol Update is an activity of the CFRW Advocate's Office. The
update is for information only. CFRW official positions on legislation are stated
immediately preceding the stated legislation or immediately following the stated
legislation in this report.

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