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These five measures could be coming to a petition clipboard – if not a ballot – near you

By in Press Enterprise on December 2, 2017

By Jeff Horseman

For many political activists in California, the perfect holiday gift might be your signature.

Signature gatherers statewide are asking voters to sign petitions to qualify as many as 31 ballot measures for the 2018 general election. For most, six months to get hundreds of thousands of signatures will be too high a hurdle to the ballot.

Next June, California voters will decide the fate of four measures put on the ballot by the state Legislature, including a constitutional amendment billed as a “lock box” to protect transportation funding, an amendment requiring a two-thirds legislative vote to spend cap-and-trade money and a $4 billion bond for park and water infrastructure improvements.

Here’s a look at some of the measures that could make the November 2018 ballot. Initiatives need 365,880 signatures – 5 percent of the total ballots cast in the 2014 gubernatorial election – while constitutional amendments need 585,407 signatures, or 8 percent of all the 2014 votes for governor.

GAS TAX REPEAL

WHAT IT DOES: Two separate measures – one from gubernatorial candidate and Assemblyman Travis Allen, R-Huntington Beach, the other from a group led by former San Diego councilman Carl DeMaio – seek to repeal the 12-cent-a-gallon gas tax hike and new annual vehicle fees stemming from the Legislature’s passage of SB 1, which raises $52 billion for road repairs and other transportation needs.

SIGNATURES NEEDED: 365,880 for the Allen measure; 585,407 for the DeMaio measure.

DEADLINES: Jan. 8 for the Allen measure; May 21 for the DeMaio measure.

LEGAL MUSHROOMS

WHAT IT DOES: Kevin Saunders, a former mayoral candidate in a city outside Monterey, is behind an effort to decriminalize use of psychotropic mushrooms, also known as psilocybins.

In published reports, Saunders is quoted as saying mushrooms helped him beat a heroin addiction and that mushrooms could lead to new treatments […]    

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