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Issues facing voters in November

The Nov. 2 general election ballot will lead with the race for U.S. president but will include 14 California measures, the last of which was qualified Thursday by the secretary of state.

June 04, 2004

Railroad -- A $9.95-billion bond issue to start construction of a bullet train line between Southern and Northern California.

Health -- A referendum to overturn a law requiring employers to provide healthcare insurance for uninsured workers.

Access -- A proposed constitutional amendment to guarantee the right of access to state and local government information.

Hospitals -- A $750-million bond issue for construction, expansion and equipping of children's hospitals.

Mental health -- Levies a 1% tax on the income of millionaires to finance expanded mental health services.

Vote -- Establishes an open primary system for elections.

Local governments -- Requires voter approval any time the Legislature wants to reduce state funding to cities, counties and special districts.

Emergency -- Adds a 3% surcharge on telephone use to provide additional money for hospital emergency services and training.

Crime -- Amends the state's "three strikes" law to require that a crime be a violent or serious felony in order to qualify as a strike and imposes more severe penalties for sexual crimes against children.

Business -- Limits a citizen's right to sue under unfair business competition laws to situations in which the individual has suffered actual injury or financial loss due to an unfair practice.

Research -- Establishes a constitutional right to perform stem-cell research and authorizes a bond issue of up to $3 billion to finance research.

DNA -- Requires felons to provide a sample of their DNA for storage in a law enforcement database and authorizes local authorities to take such specimens from individuals arrested on suspicion of rape or murder.

Gambling -- Requires Indian tribes that own casinos to contribute 25% of their slot machine revenue to state and local governments. If they refuse, 11 card rooms and five horse-racing tracks would gain the right to 30,000 slots and would pay 33%, or roughly $1 billion a year, primarily to local government.

Gambling II -- Pushed by a Palm Springs Indian tribe, it would grant tribes unlimited casino expansion rights on their land. In return, tribes would pay the state 8.84% of their net profit.


Source: California Secretary Of State

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