BILL NUMBER: SB 1039 AMENDED
AMENDED IN ASSEMBLY JUNE 25, 2012
INTRODUCED BY Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review
FEBRUARY 6, 2012
relating to the Budget Act of 2012
to amend Section 13115 of the Elections Code, relating to elections,
and making an appropriation therefor, to take effect
immediately, bill related to the budget .
LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST
SB 1039, as amended, Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review.
Budget Act of 2012. Elections: ballot order
for statewide measures.
Existing law specifies the order in which statewide ballot
measures are required to appear on the ballot.
This bill would require that bond measures and constitutional
amendments, including those proposed by initiative, appear on the
ballot before all other legislative, initiative, and referendum
This bill would declare that it is to take effect immediately as a
bill providing for appropriations related to the Budget Bill.
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact
statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2012.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no yes
. Fiscal committee: no yes .
State-mandated local program: no.
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
SECTION 1. (a) The Legislature finds and declares
that bond measures and constitutional amendments should have priority
on the ballot because of the profound and lasting impact these
measures can have on our state. Bond measures create debts against
the state treasury that obligate the resources of future
Californians. Constitutional amendments make changes to our state's
fundamental principles and protections. In recognition of their
significance, bond measures and constitutional amendments should be
placed at the top of the ballot to ensure that the voters can
carefully weigh the consequences of these important measures.
(b) The Legislature further finds and declares that the Secretary
of State has received funding in the Budget Act of 2012, and an
appropriation contained herein, to provide direction to counties
regarding the preparation of ballots, and to prepare the ballot
pamphlet, in a manner that is consistent with the changes to the
Elections Code provided by this act.
SEC. 2. Section 13115 of the Elections
Code is amended to read:
13115. The order in which all state measures that are to be
submitted to the voters shall appear upon the ballot is as follows:
(a) Bond measures , including those proposed by initiative,
in the order in which they qualify.
(b) Constitutional amendments , including those proposed by
initiative, in the order in which they qualify.
(c) Other legislative Legislative
measures , other than those described in subdivision
(a) or (b), in the order in which they are approved by the
(d) Initiative measures , other than those described in
subdivision (a) or (b), in the order in which they qualify.
(e) Referendum measures , in the order in which they
SEC. 3. The sum of one thousand dollars ($1,000)
is hereby appropriated from the General Fund to the Secretary of
State to implement the requirements of this act.
SEC. 4. This act is a bill providing for
appropriations related to the Budget Bill within the meaning of
subdivision (e) of Section 12 of Article IV of the California
Constitution, has been identified as related to the budget in the
Budget Bill, and shall take effect immediately.
SECTION 1. It is the intent of the Legislature
to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2012.