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Here’s what made CA’s November ballot, plus huge changes for data privacy and a ban on local soda taxes

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On Thursday, 12 final propositions met the deadline to cement a spot on the Nov. 6 ballot.

Californians now have four months to decide how to cast their votes on initiatives ranging from approving $16 billion in new borrowing for housing, water and hospital measures, to splitting the Golden State into three. Propositions for cage-free eggs and slashing the gas tax have also made the ballot.

But two prominent initiatives are missing from the mix: the push for sweeping data privacy rights by the group Californians for Consumer Privacy, and the initiative to limit state taxes, which was backed by companies like Coca-Cola and Pepsi to halt health-driven soda taxes popping up throughout the country.

That’s because the California State Legislature passed two bill-versions of the initiatives just hours before the Thursday deadline to withdraw.

AB 375 will enact the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 and AB 1838 will prohibit the state from creating new taxes on “groceries” until 2030. Both bills have been signed by Gov. Jerry Brown.

The new legislation is seen as a major compromise between initiative proponents, business interests and lawmakers.

We check in on Sacramento for the latest.


Dan Walters, long-time CA politics observer with CALmatters, a nonprofit public interest publication

John Myers, Sacramento bureau chief for the Los Angeles Times; he tweets @johnmyers