Some of 16 California propositions outlined

Julia Tjan, News Editor

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There is no doubt that Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have taken center stage this election, leaving important inner-state propositions largely ignored.

The 16 propositions that will appear on the ballot for tomorrow’s election have the potential to directly affect the lives of Californians, perhaps more so than the next presidential candidate.

Propositions 51-67 cover a wide range of topics, relating to everything from plastic bags to the death penalty.

The future of capital punishment in California lies in Propositions 62 and 66. While Prop 62 is a measure to repeal the death penalty, Prop 66 would actually speed up the appeals process.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Prop 62 would repeal the law that calls for execution for the most heinous and violent acts of crime. Criminals would instead be sentenced to life without parole. On the other hand Prop 66, would speed up the process by putting time limits on the review of convictions by courts.

Junior, Amir Udler supports Prop 62.

“I believe the death penalty should be abolished as it is ineffective and expensive,” he said “Having to live life in a maximum security prison is a worse punishment.”

Unlike Prop 62, Prop 58 would have no significant budgetary effect on school districts or state government. Approving Prop 58 would mean removing restrictions placed in 1998 that required schools to teach students exclusively in English.

According to, Prop 58 would allow local schools to decide the methods by which to teach English learners and would give native-English speakers an opportunity to learn another language.

Junior Erika Shen said  that the existing system shouldn’t completely disappear.

“But it can be adapted, if wanted, to students whose second language is English to ensure that they understand and retain the most they can from school,”said Shen.

Prop 65 and 67 deal with the usage of plastic bags. Prop 65 would reinforce the 2014 ban by Gov. Jerry Brown and authorize the charge of 10 cents per bag for shoppers. Prop 67 would then use the money from the fee and direct it towards the Wildlife Conservation Board’s environmental fund.

Although California has some of the tightest gun restriction policies in the US, the state will to take further measures has intensified in recent years as a result of catastrophes such as the San Bernardino shooting.

Prop 63 contains two measures relating to gun control. The first would require criminal background checks for those purchasing ammunition in addition to the prohibition of possession of large scale magazines.

The second measure would place new requirements when reporting lost or stolen firearms to authorities.

Voting for propositions can be just as important as voting for the next president since most of these propositions directly effect Californian lives.