State Democrats Vote to Support Ballot Measures

By City News Service on July 14

The California Democratic Party Executive Board voted Sunday to support measures on the November ballot on the state’s “rainy day fund,” health insurance, sentencing and casinos.

The board, meeting in Oakland, voted to remain neutral on Proposition 46, a wide-ranging initiative that would raise the limit on pain and suffering damages in medical malpractice lawsuits, require drug testing of doctors and health care practitioners to consult the state prescription drug history database before prescribing certain controlled substances.

The board voted to allow party Chair John L. Burton to decide the party’s stance on Proposition 43, a bond measure that would overhaul the state’s water system, when its final language is approved by the Legislature.

Proposition 44, placed on the ballot by the Legislature, would make changes to the state’s reserve accounts.

Proposition 45 is an initiative that would require the insurance commissioner to approve any increases in health insurance rates.

Proposition 47 would require misdemeanor sentences for certain theft and drug possession crimes.

Proposition 48 is a referendum that would overturn the compacts allowing for two gambling casinos.

The board also voted to back a call for a constitutional amendment to overturn the Citizens United decision on campaign spending if Gov. Jerry Brown signs the bill putting it on the November ballot.