Proposition 50 Suspension of Legislators. Legislative Constitutional Amendment. (support)

Authorizes Legislature to suspend Members, including without salary and benefits. Prohibits suspended Members from using powers of office or legislative resources. Provides suspension may end on specified date or by vote of Member's house. Fiscal Impact: No effect on state spending in most years. Minor state savings in some years.

The League of Women Voters of California recommends a YES vote on Proposition 50 on the June ballot.

Three reasons we support Proposition 50, Suspension of Legislators: 

  1. This constitutional amendment will give the houses of the legislature clear authority to discipline members by suspending them and withholding their pay by a two-thirds vote.
  2. Lawmakers should be able to hold their colleagues accountable if they breach the public’s trust.
  3. Safeguards in the measure will prevent this authority from being misused for partisan purposes.


San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority (County wide) (support)

MEASURE AA: San Francisco Bay Clean Water, Pollution Prevention and Habitat Restoration Program.

To protect San Francisco Bay for future generations by reducing trash, pollution and harmful toxins, improving water quality, restoring habitat for fish, birds and wildlife, protecting communities from floods, and increasing shoreline public access, shall the San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority authorize a parcel tax of $12 per year, raising approximately $25 million annually for twenty years with independent citizen oversight, audits, and all funds staying local?


MEASURE B: To update/maintain College of Marin campuses that prepare students for 4-year universities and careers, shall Marin Community College District modernize classrooms, science, computer/biotechnology labs; repair, modernize and provide job-training classrooms; ensure classrooms meet earthquake, fire and safety codes; provide access for disabled students; and repair, construct, acquire, and equip classrooms, labs, sites and facilities by issuing $265,000,000 in bonds, at legal rates, which cannot be taken by the State, with citizens’ oversight and all funds staying local?

Link to Measure Wording

CITY OF BELVEDERE (no position)

MEASURE C: Shall the City of Belvedere be authorized to continue adjusting its appropriation limit for the annual fire protection and emergency medical services levy, pursuant to Article XIIIB of the California Constitution, for the period of 7/1/2016 through 6/30/2020? The levy for FY 2015-2016 shall not exceed the rate authorized in Chapter 3.28 of the Belvedere Municipal Code. (The current levy is $702 per residential dwelling unit, $800 per occupancy in commercial structures, and $141 per vacant parcel.)

Link to Measure Wording

CITY OF SAN RAFAEL (no position)

MEASURE D: To provide a critical, consistent, locally-controlled funding source, augmenting current general fund allocations for the San Rafael Public Library to maintain library hours, equipment, materials, and services for children, teens, and adults, shall the City of San Rafael be authorized to levy an annual $59 parcel tax (slightly higher for multiple-residential unit parcels) for a period of nine (9) years with annual CPI adjustment, oversight by an independent citizens committee and exemptions for senior citizens?

Link to full Measure