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2016 Ballot Measures

Hospital Executive Compensation Act – WITHDRAWN

UPDATE: The Hospital Executive Compensation Act will not be on the 2016 ballot after its backers withdrew the effort on August 15, the day before a scheduled court challenge. The backers said their efforts would be better spent defeating Donald Trump.

The Hospital Executive Compensation Act:

Limits total annual compensation paid to executives, administrators, and managers of hospitals, hospital groups, and affiliated medical entities, whether operated for profit or not for profit, to the annual compensation of the President of the United States (currently $450,000).

Similarly limits severance pay for hospital executives, administrators, and managers.

Defines compensation to include wages, bonuses, retirement benefits, club memberships, loans, housing, transportation, life insurance and deferred compensation.

Requires public disclosure of compensation exceeding these limits.

Provides for enforcement by Attorney General or persons acting on behalf of themselves, their members, or the general public.

Full text of the initiative

The Fair Wages and Healthy Families Act

The Fair Wages and Healthy Families Initiative increases minimum wage to $10 in 2017 then gradually to $12 by 2020; provides 40 hours annual “earned paid sick time” for employees of large employers (24 hours for those of small employers); time accrues at one hour earned for every 30 hours worked; time may be used to address circumstances caused by illness of employee or employee’s family, public health emergencies, or domestic violence; prohibits retaliating against employees using the benefit; allows for more generous paid time-off policies; and exempts employees who expressly waive the benefit under collective bargaining agreements.

Full text of the initiative 

Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act

The Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act: (1) establishes a 15% tax on retail marijuana sales, from which the revenue will be allocated to public health and education; (2) allows adults twenty-one years of age and older to possess and to privately consume and grow limited amounts of marijuana; (3) creates a system in which licensed businesses can produce and sell marijuana; (4) establishes a Department of Marijuana Licenses and Control to regulate the cultivation, manufacturing, testing, transportation, and sale of marijuana; and (5) provides local governments with the authority to regulate and limit marijuana businesses.

Full text of the initiative