The West Hollywood City Council on Sept. 19 adopted positions of support for four of the seven state ballot initiatives on Nov. 8, including Proposition 1, Proposition 28, Proposition 30 and Proposition 31.
Proposition 1, if approved by voters, would amend the California Constitution to prohibit the state from enacting legislation or regulations that would deny or interfere with an individual’s reproductive freedom, which includes their fundamental right to choose to have an abortion and their fundamental right to choose or refuse contraceptives.
Proposition 28 is intended to supplement current school funding that is governed by Proposition 98, passed in 1988, which requires the state to set aside funds for K-12 education from the General Fund and property taxes. This proposition will commit an additional 1% of general funds for arts and music education in public and charter schools.
Proposition 30 would increase the tax on personal incomes above $2 million by 1.75% and dedicate the revenue to zero-emission vehicle subsidies; zero-emission vehicle infrastructure, such as electric vehicle charging stations; and wildfire suppression and prevention programs.
With Proposition 31, manufacturers of tobacco products, including tobacco flavored products, are seeking to repeal a 2020 state law (SB 793, Chapter 34, Statutes of 2020) that banned the retail sales of flavored tobacco products in California. SB 793 was introduced by state Sen. Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo) and was approved by the Legislature and signed into law by Gov.Gavin Newsom. As the opponents were able to qualify a referendum challenging SB 793, the law did not go into effect. Thus, the voters will decide on nov. 8 whether or not the ban on the sales of flavored tobacco products should stay or be repealed. A Yes vote on Proposition 31 is a vote to uphold the law and keep the ban on the sale of flavored tobacco products. In 2021, the city of West Hollywood banned the sale of flavored tobacco products, For information, visit weho.org/legislative.
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