Southwest California Legislative Council posts June 8 Ballot Positions

Published: June 1, 2010

Our partners at the Southwest California Legislative Council have posted the following positions on the June 8 ballot measures.

June 1, 2010

Southwest California Legislative Council Takes Action on June 8 Statewide Ballot Measures

The Southwest California Legislative Council (SWCLC) has reviewed and issued positions for the June 2010 statewide election. The following statewide Propositions are only the beginning of what is expected to be a busy election year with many more Propositions expected in November. The SWCLC will continue to be diligent in reviewing each Proposition and the impact each may have on the Southwest California business community.

Proposition 13: Seismic Retrofitting

Proposition 13 would prohibit tax assessors from re-evaluating new construction for property tax purposes when the new construction is consider earthquake safety improvements. Tax assessors would only be allowed to re-evaluate for property tax purposes after the building has been sold.

The SWCLC believes this would be a benefit to owners of existing structures that have complied with earthquake retrofitting laws. Proposition 13 would also ensure equal treatment of property owners who incorporate the seismic safety improvements.

Proposition 14: Elections: Open Primaries

Proposition 14 would require that candidates run in a single primary open to all registered voters, with the top two vote-getters meeting in a runoff. This system would take place in the 2012 elections. This Proposition would not affect Presidential and political party leadership positions.

The SWCLC chose a “Neutral” position due to the belief that more research needs to be done on the Open Primary System. Voters in 2004 defeated a similar Proposition, however other states have similar systems in place which believe to allow candidates to take positions on issues that they feel are right for their constituents without fear of retribution from political parties or special interests.

Proposition 15: California Fair Election Act

This Proposition was placed on the ballot by legislation (AB 583/Hancock). Proposition 15 would institute a pilot program of publicly-financed elections for the office of California Secretary of State. The publically-financed election would be funded by taxing lobbyists, lobbying firms and lobbyist employers. The Proposition is currently the subject of litigation.

The SWCLC has historically opposed tax increases on any single industry. SWCLC believes that even though Proposition 15 is a pilot program aimed at only one particular political office, the ultimate goal would be to spread this effort to other political offices and increase the taxing of the lobby industry to pay for public-financed elections. A similar measure in Vermont was ruled to violate the United States Constitution.

Proposition 16: Taxpayers Right To Vote Act

Proposition 16 is a state constitutional amendment, if passed, would require a two-thirds voter approval before local governments can provide electricity service to customers or implement a community choice electricity program using public funds or bonds.

The SWCLC opposed Proposition 16 due to the potential of other utility companies requiring the same for their respective utilities and for requiring a super-majority vote of residents that may not benefit from a community choice electricity program. The SWCLC feels that local control is best when deciding to enact electricity service due to having greater control of electing local officials and not having a mandated super-majority vote.

Proposition 17: Continuous Coverage Auto Insurance Discount Act

Proposition 17 amends Proposition 103, passed by the voters in 1988, to authorize the use of an additional discount on premiums for automobile insurance policies. In particular, the act would allow an insurer to offer a “continuous coverage” discount to new customers who have maintained their coverage while they previously were customers of another insurer. Continuous coverage is defined to also include applicants who experienced up to a 90-day lapse in coverage in the past five years for any reason other than nonpayment of their insurance premiums.

The SWCLC supports this effort as many other states currently allow a discount for continuous coverage when switching between insurance companies. SWCLC also believes that this type of offer will lead to consumers having access to competitive or lower rates if an insured driver decides to change their insurance company.

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Founded in 2004, the Southwest California Legislative Council is the regional business advocacy coalition of the
Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce, Murrieta Chamber of Commerce,

Lake Elsinore Valley Chamber of Commerce and Wildomar Chamber of Commerce.

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Last modified: June 1, 2010 at 3:33 pm | Originally published: June 1, 2010 at 3:33 pm
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