By Tuesday Bowen
The election is coming up on November 8, which means that individuals who are 18 and older will not only be voting for America’s future president, but also for state propositions and policies. Although the majority of the student body is not old enough to vote yet, the students should take the time to understand what is going on in the upcoming election as the results will affect them.
There are 17 propositions on the ballot for Californian voters in next week’s election. Among the most popular and controversial include new legislation on marijuana legalization, education, gun control, the pornography industry, and the death penalty.
Here is a quick run-down of these propositions to help you stay informed:
Proposition 64, the California Marijuana Legalization Initiative
This deals with the legalization of the growth, sale, and use of marijuana. Currently, marijuana is only legal in California for medical purposes with a doctor’s prescription.
This proposition would make recreational use legal for those 21 and older, and would allow people to have licenses for growing and selling. Although, people against this proposition argue that the legalization of marijuana would open the doors to many other harmful drugs.
Proposition 51, Public School Facility Bonds
This proposition, which concerns public school facility bonds, suggests measures involving the funding of schools, teachers, districts, and students. This proposition calls for the investment of $9 billion dollars in federal bonds into schools and the education system. However, the money would come from public taxing. The schools would be required to use the money education purposes, such as buying new supplies, providing more classes, and more resources for students. The enactment of this proposition would purportedly give students a higher quality of education, and also give the average teacher a larger salary. However, it would required more taxes.
Proposition 63, the Background Checks for Ammunition Purchases and Large-Capacity Ammunition Magazine Ban Initiative
This proposition lays down measures regarding the wielding, distribution, and bearing of firearms. This is one of the most controversial propositions on the ballot, considering that it could come into conflict with the Second Amendment, according to its opponents.
Proposition 60, the Condoms in Pornographic Films Initiative
If passed, Proposition 60 would require male and female pornography stars to wear condoms on set. The law also calls for the producers of films to pay for any medical vaccinations or treatments, and administer health code violation requirements. Not only that, but it would allow state official to strictly monitor this industry. Opponents argue that this proposition takes away the actor’s personal freedom with his or her work while proponents argue that it is a matter of health safety.
Proposition 62, the Repeal the Death Penalty Ban Initiative
This proposition would repeal the death penalty by labeling it unconstitutional instead giving criminals a life sentence in prison without the possibility of parole as well as maximum prison punishment. This proposition would also require the prisoners to pay wages to the victims’ families.