State Ballot Measures - June 5, 2018

Link to Pros & Cons analysis of the June 2018 statewide propositions


The Pros & Cons is a nonpartisan explanation of California state ballot measures with information, including supporting and opposing arguments, compiled by the California League of Women Voters. The arguments come from many sources and are not limited to those presented in the state's Official Voter Information Guide. 

Leagues, including the Cupertino-Sunnyvale League,  provide live presentations of the Pros and Cons of each ballot measure. A recording of a recent presentation can be found on YouTube.

At you can find links to online and downloadable  versions of the Pros&Cons that provide information for each proposition, including: 

  • The Question
  • The Situation
  • The Proposal
  • The Fiscal Effect
  • What a YES or NO Vote Means
  • What Supporters Say
  • What Opponents Say
  • Links to Official Support & Opposition Sites

Our League also does public and private Pros & Cons  presentations.  Here is a link to a video of one on May 16.

 Check out the California League's Position on the Propositions

As a non-partisan organization, our Leagues never take positions on parties or candidates. However, the League does take positions on ballot measures, based on our current policy positions and League principles. These policy positions and principles are developed based on grassroots member study and consensus. See the California League of Women Voters' positions on these measures.


For More Research

 Are you interested in doing more research into the June propositions?

  • Here's some guidance on How to Evaluate Ballot Measures.

  • provides a chart of who supports or opposes each of the Propositions on the June 6 ballot.

  • Additionally, you can click on the title of each propostion in the list below to link to the official wording of the law that would go into effect if the propostition passe:

PROPOSITION 68 - California Drought, Water, Parks, Climate, Coastal Protection, and Outdoor Access for All Act (SB 5)

If approved, this bond measure would authorize California to issue general obligation bonds, with the money used to finance:

  • state and local parks,
  • water conservation measures,
  • water reliability to disadvantaged communities, and
  • flood protection projects. 

 PROPOSITION 69 - Motor Vehicle Fees and Taxes (ACA 5)

If approved, this constitutional amendment would:

  • require that existing transportation revenues can only be used for road and transportation improvement projects. It applies to what we pay:
    • at the pump and
    • when we register our vehicles
    • prohibit the state legislature from using these revenues for non-transportation purposes.
    • not increase taxes.

 PROPOSITION 70- Greenhouse Gas Reduction Reserve Fund (ACA 1) 

If approved, this constitutional amendment would, beginning January 1 2024:

  • Create a new fund, called the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Reserve Fund, that would have different rules for appropriation than are in current legislation
  • require that two thirds (66%) of legislators in both state houses must approve the first appropriation of any money collected from the sale of Cap-and-Trade allowances.

 Background: California has a history of climate change legislation going back over 30 years. It includes: 

 PROPOSITION 71 - Effective Date of Initiatives (ACA 17) 

If approved, Proposition 71 would provide that:

  • any initiative that is approved would take effect 5 days after the Secretary of State certifies the election results.

Background: Currently, an initiative that is approved takes effect the day after the election, unless the measure provides otherwise. Election results are not officially certified until five weeks after the election. While most election results are clear shortly after election day, that is not always the case. 

PROPOSITION 72 - Property taxation: new construction: rain water capture system

If approved, this measure would allow:

  • an exclusion from additional property taxes for construction or installation of rain water capture systems. 

Background: Rainwater capture systems catch, store and use otherwise wasted rain water for landscape irrigation and similar uses, saving more conventional water for personal use.