In this blog I intend to keep a running record of proposed State legislation that I find notable.
In the State of Utah there will be an upcoming vote on changing the language of the State Constitution. The vote will be held on November 3, 2020, and the voters will be deciding if the verbiage in the State Constitution should be changed to “gender neutral” wording instead of the current text witch uses the word “men” instead of the proposed word of “persons.”
I find this to an interesting one to watch due to the “slippery slope factor.” While on the surface it doesn’t seem like a big deal….I do feel that if this text change in the State Constitution is allowed, we can expect to see this done in National documents as well. I suppose my concern would be: where does it end? How much of the Constitution are we willing to alter in order to appease the never ending demands of the progressive activist class? I imagine we are all about to find out.
California Replace Cash Bail with Risk Assessments Referendum (2020)
This would end cash bail in California. In my opinion this is simply encouraging people to not show up for court. If there is no or reduced cost of skipping court, then people will fail to show up. This is a dangerous and foolish idea.
|A “yes” vote is to uphold the contested legislation, Senate Bill 10 (SB 10), which would replace cash bail with risk assessments for detained suspects awaiting trials.|
|A “no” vote is to repeal the contested legislation, Senate Bill 10 (SB 10), thus keeping in place the use of cash bail for detained suspects awaiting trials.|
California Tax on Commercial and Industrial Properties for Education and Local Government Funding Initiative (2020)
This bill will hurt small business owners. It will tax a business on its revenue earned instead of the flat value of the property. Basically this bill would those with good ideas and the courage to start a home owned business, the more successful they are the more they will owe the state. There will be no motivation to be successful if that is the consequence.
|“yes” vote supports this constitutional amendment to require commercial and industrial properties, except those zoned as commercial agriculture, to be taxed based on their market value, rather than their purchase price, and allocate revenue from the change to local governments and school districts.|
|A “no” vote opposes this constitutional amendment, thus continuing to tax commercial and industrial properties based on a property’s purchase price, with annual increases equal to the rate of inflation or 2 percent, whichever is lower.|
California Criminal Sentencing, Parole, and DNA Collection Initiative (2020)
This bill seems like a mixed bag. It would strengthen the penalty for violent crime, however it would also force individuals arrested for misdemeanors to submit a DNA sample to the state. As someone who firmly believes in personal freedom and rights, I am very uncomfortable with the thought of forced DNA samples on those arrested for crimes such as public drunkenness or even minor shoplifting .
|A “yes” vote supports this initiative to add crimes to the list of violent felonies for which early parole is restricted; recategorize certain types of theft and fraud crimes as wobblers (chargeable as misdemeanors or felonies); and require DNA collection for certain misdemeanors.|
|A “no” vote opposes this initiative to add crimes to the list of violent felonies for which early parole is restricted; recategorize certain types of theft and fraud crimes as wobblers (chargeable as misdemeanors or felonies); and require DNA collection for certain misdemeanors.|