Friday, April 13, 2018

Capitol Update: Friday, April 13, 2018

CFRW June Primary Positions

The June Primary Election is right around the corner, 55 days away, if you can believe it. So, it is high time we start educating voters on the ballot measures! The California Federation of Republican Women publish our ballot measure positions every election. These are the official positions of the CFRW, voted on by the CFRW Voting Body. The Voting Body is made up of our CFRW State President, the three State Division Vice-Presidents, and the three Division Presidents. These 7 women study analyses complied by the CFRW Advocate and the CFRW Ballot Measures Legislative Analyst. After a consensus vote, our official positions are made. Information, talking points, and voter-guides will be available in each Capitol Update leading to the Primary Election. It is YOUR responsibility as a Californian and a member of the California Federation of Republican Women to educate voters!

Remember when talking to voters about the Ballot Measures- they are written intentionally to persuade the voter for their desired outcome. Who can manipulate ballot measures to sway the outcome? Governor Brown, Secretary of State Alex Padilla, and Attorney General Xavier Beccera. Those three very power Democrats have gate-keeping power for almost all ballot measures. They decide the language, the title, the summary, and the order in which the ballot measures are listed. Every voter should understand the power in shaping elections that the Governor, Secretary of State, and the state Attorney General have.

In the upcoming Capitol Updates, until June 5th, we will highlight each Proposition with information on it’s history and journey to the ballot, the rationale for our positions, talking points for educating voters, and closer to the election we will provide easy voter-guides to distribute before election day. For today, we will list the Propositions by number, title, a one sentence summary, and our position. If you have any questions about a ballot measure or our positions, please email our Advocate at

Official CFRW Positions

  • Prop 68: NO
  • Prop 69: NO
  • Prop 70: NO
  • Prop 71: YES
  • Prop 72: YES
June Ballot Measures

Proposition 68: California Parks, Environment, and Water Bond- would issue a $4 billion general obligation bond, with a 3.5% interest rate over 30 years, bringing the bill to the taxpayers up to $6.4 billion total. The CFRW says vote NO.

Proposition 69: Transportation Taxes and Fees Lockbox and Appropriations Limit Exemption Amendment- states that Senate Bill 1 revenue from diesel taxes will be placed in a “lockbox” and used only for transportation fund purposes. The CFRW says vote NO.

Proposition 70: Vote Requirement to Use Cap and Trade Funds Amendment- would require a one-time vote in 2024 by a 2/3rds legislative majority to allocate state Cap and Trade program revenue. The CFRW says vote NO.

Proposition 71: Effective Date of Ballot Measures Amendment- changes the date for when voter approved ballot measures take effect from the day after the election to the fifth day after the Secretary of State certifies the election. The CFRW says vote YES.

Proposition 72: Rainwater Capture Systems Excluded from Property Tax Assessment- would exclude any new rainwater capture structures from property value tax reassessment from counting as a new structure. The CFRW says vote YES.

If you would like ALL the talking points for each proposition, please email our Advocate at

AB 2943 Update

AB 2943 (Low, D) passed through the Assembly Judiciary Committee last week on a 8-1 vote. It is now waiting for its third reading and arguments on the Assembly floor. As you will recall, AB 2943 would make it fraud to offer to help any adult questioning their gender or sexuality. This would include offering pamphlets, counseling, books, or other reference material even if the adult inquired themselves. This could create expensive lawsuits and unfairly targets the first amendments rights of our churches and other family therapists. The bill claims to protect consumers, but ultimately the unintended consequences far outweigh any “protection” it truly provides. Call YOUR Assemblymember, Democrat AND Republican, and ask them to protect our First Amendment rights and vote NO on AB 2943! Find your Assemblymember ◼ HERE.

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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.