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AB-1194 Elections: bond measures: ballot text.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 03/17/2017 04:00 AM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  March 16, 2017

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 1194


Introduced by Assembly Member Dababneh
(Principal coauthor: Assembly Member Cooley)
(Coauthor: Assembly Member Harper)

February 17, 2017


An act to amend Section 13119 of the Elections Code, relating to elections.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1194, as amended, Dababneh. Elections: bond measures: ballot text.
Existing law requires that the ballots used when voting upon a proposed county, city, or district ordinance submitted to the voters as an initiative measure have printed on them specified text relating to the proposed ordinance and dictates placement of that text.
This bill would require that the ballots used when voting upon a bond measure proposed by a local governing body or submitted to the voters as an initiative measure include a specified statement related to average property value and property taxes. By adding statements that must be printed on certain ballots, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.
This bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to the statutory provisions noted above.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: YES  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 13119 of the Elections Code is amended to read:

13119.
 (a) The ballots used when voting upon a proposed county, city, or district ordinance submitted to the voters of the respective local government as an initiative measure pursuant to Division 9 (commencing with Section 9000) shall have printed on them the words “Shall the ordinance (stating the nature thereof) be adopted?” Opposite the statement of the ordinance to be voted on, and to its right, the words “Yes” and “No” shall be printed on separate lines, with voting squares. If a voter stamps a cross (+) in the voting square after the printed word “Yes,” his or her vote shall be counted in favor of the adoption of the ordinance. If he or she stamps a cross (+) in the voting square after the printed word “No,” his or her vote shall be counted against its adoption.
(b) If the proposed ordinance imposes a tax or raises the rate of a tax, the ballot shall include in the statement of the ordinance to be voted on the amount of money to be raised annually and the rate and duration of the tax to be levied.
(c) The ballots used when voting upon a measure authorizing the issuance of bonds that is proposed by a local governing body or submitted to the voters as an initiative measure pursuant to Division 9 (commencing with Section 9000), shall have printed on them in the ballot label, the following statement: “The average assessed valuation of residential property in the County of _______ ____(insert name of the government entity) is $_______. $____. Based on this figure, your property taxes may increase by $___ $____ if this bond is approved.”

SEC. 2.

 If the Commission on State Mandates determines that this act contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement to local agencies and school districts for those costs shall be made pursuant to Part 7 (commencing with Section 17500) of Division 4 of Title 2 of the Government Code.