On September 29 the California Secretary of State began issuing a mammoth 224-page voters guide to the 17 state measures, 51 to 67, on the November 8 ballot. The first half of the propositions were outlined here September 10.

At the top of my list among those previously covered is Prop. 54, which would stop the legislature from sneaking through last minute laws without proper hearing and notices. A definite “yes.”

 Here is the balance of the slate: 

Prop. 60 – This one is stupid and should have been taken care of by the legislature. It requires porn actors to use condoms during filming of sexual intercourse and requires the film producers to provide vaccinations, testing and medical exams.

At least it isn’t a constitutional amendment. A better measure would hold that no public funds could be used to treat anyone who gets a sexual disease by taking part in such a movie. Let Worker’s Comp take care of it.

Prop 61 -- Prohibits state agencies from paying more for a prescription drug than the lowest price paid for the same drug by the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs. The multi-billion dollar drug companies got veterans groups to front for them. In their TV commercials, one “vet” wearing a shirt with a ragged flag on it in defiance of the Flag Code is claiming the measure will increase costs to veterans. Take it with a grain of salt.

Prop. 62 -- Repeals the death penalty, a sentence that has been completely ineffective in this state and costs taxpayers an unreasonable amount to get revenge and make the victims’ families feel better. It sure isn’t a deterence.

Prop. 63 – Puts into law an array of new gun control measures. If this passes, and it just might now or later, the National Rifle Association can only blame itself for not being more sensitive to public concern about shootings, particularly in urban areas.

Prop. 64 – Legalizing and licensing marijuana and hemp. It takes 10 pages of the 224-page voters handbook to analyze this measure and another 33 to cover the purpose. 

The tide has changed on this subject. The growing of marijuana is one of the state’s major sources of agriculture income. Enforcement diverts police and jails from more important things. Mexican cartels are killing people in fights over distribution in the United States. The Federal government has buried its head in sand by restricting research on the product. Meanwhile government is losing huge sums in fees and taxes. 

Prop. 65 -- Shifts money collected from the sale of carry-out bags by retail stores to a wildlife conservation fund to help support conservation projects. Not to be confused with Prop. 67, which prohibits single use non-recyclable bags, period.

Prop. 66 – Changes legal procedures to speed up carrying out the death penalty. Presumes that such action won’t be futile because of constitutional tie-ups in both state and federal courts. Conflicts with Prop. 62. 

Prop. 67 – Ratifies the new state law that prohibits grocery and other retail stores from providing single-use bags, except recyclable paper bags and reusable bags.

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