Monday, August 15, 2005

California Libertarians Take Position on the Ballot Propositions

California Libertarians Take Position on the Ballot Propositions

The Libertarian Party of California recommends Californians vote in favor of less government and more personal responsibility in November

PANORAMA CITY, CA (PRWEB) October 4, 2004

The Libertarian Party of California urges California voters to vote for individual liberty and personal responsibility in November. The Executive Committee, comprised of Libertarian Party elected representatives from all regions of the state, voted on recommended positions on fourteen statewide ballot propositions.

Considerations included whether the proposal is a proper function of state government, if the effect of passage would increase or decrease civil or economic freedom, serve justice, or improve or detract from voter choice. The LPC opposes taxes or bonds that would fund an activity that isnÂ’t within the governmentÂ’s limited scope of necessary core functions.

Prop 59 – Public Records, Open Meetings.

YES. This was a unanimous bipartisan measure to embed statutory guarantees of open government (mostly for local governments and local agencies) into the state Constitution.

NOTE: A court order has split the original Proposition 60 into two separate measures, Propositions 60 and 60a.

Prop 60 – Election Rights of Political Parties.

YES. Would nullify the Open Primary Initiative (Prop 62) if it received more votes.

Prop 60a -- Surplus Property.

YES. Would use the sale of surplus state property to pay off bonds.

Prop 61 -- Children's Hospital Projects. Grant Program. Bond Act.

NO. Not a proper function of government.

Prop 62 -- Elections. Primaries.

NO. Would destroy minor parties and otherwise limit voters' choices in the general election. A much better solution is Instant Runoff Voting.

Prop 63 -- Mental Health Services Expansion and Funding. Tax on Incomes over $1 Million.

NO. Not a proper function of government.

Prop 64 -- Limitations on Enforcement of Unfair Business Competition Laws.

YES. This would limit shakedown lawsuits in which lawyers sue businesses for trivial matters that don't even have victims, and thereby force businesses to settle rather than endure the horrendous expense of a trial.

Prop 65 -- Local Government Funds and Revenues. State Mandates.

YES. Prevents state government from raiding revenues intended for local governments and agencies, which in turn leads to "back door" local tax hikes.

Prop 66 -- Limitations on "Three Strikes" Law. Sex Crimes. Punishment.

YES. Sentence enhancements should be limited to serious and violent crimes. The current law can put non-violent criminals who commit victimless crimes away for life.

Prop 67 -- Emergency and Medical Services. Funding. Telephone Surcharge.

NO. Not a proper function of government.

Prop 68 – Non-Tribal Commercial Gambling Expansion. Tribal Gaming Compact Amendments. Tax Exemptions.

NO POSITION. Reduces some restrictions on gambling but also creates new monopolies for race tracks and card clubs.

Prop 69 -- DNA Samples. Collection. Database. Funding.

NO. An invasion of privacy for innocent people who are arrested but not charged or convicted of a crime.

Prop 70 -- Tribal Gaming Compacts. Exclusive Gaming Rights. Contributions to State

NO. Reduces some restrictions on gambling but also extends monopolies for Indian tribes.

Prop 71 -- Stem Cell Research. Funding. Bonds.

NO. Not a proper function of government.

Prop 72 -- Health Care Coverage Requirements.

NO. A "no" vote will reverse the mandate that requires California businesses to provide health insurance for their employees.

About the Libertarian Party of California

Libertarians believe in personal freedom in both social and economic spheres, and in government small enough to protect those freedoms.

The Libertarian Party of California has more than 50 public officeholders statewide and is running more candidates in California in the November general election than any other “third” party. Every Californian eligible to vote will find the Libertarian candidate for President (Michael Badnarik) Vice-President (Richard Campagna) and U. S. Senate (Judge James Gray) on their ballot. Many will also be able to vote for one or more of the 24 Libertarian candidates running for U. S. Congress, 12 for California Senate, 34 for California Assembly, or others running for local offices such as city council, school board or special district.

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