BISCquick is the progressive community’s preeminent ballot measure news source. Here are just some of this week’s headlines. To receive the full newsletter in your inbox every Friday, sign up here.
- Democrats in the California Legislature and the backers of a consumer data privacy measure have reached a compromise that may keep the initiative off the November ballot.
- Despite significant opposition from the Restaurant Industry, C. residents voted to eliminate the tipped minimum wage Tuesday 55-44 percent. But the fight over the one fair wage initiative isn’t over yet as the restaurant industry vowed to ask the D.C. City Council to overturn the initiative. Just a few hours after winning, the backers of the initiative, ROC DC, kicked off the post-election phase of their campaign with a press conference asking the City Council to uphold the will of the voters. Way to go ROC DC!
- In what is being called a “grand bargain,” the Massachusetts Legislature passed earned family leave, established a $15 minimum wage, and created a sales tax holiday. The deal is an effort to avoid votes on ballot measures that tackled all three issues. Raise Up Massachusetts, the coalition behind two of the measures announced they’d withdraw the earned leave measure, but are undecided about the fate of the minimum wage measure, saying the bill passed by the legislature doesn’t go as far as they’d hoped.
- The backers of an Oregon gun violence prevention measure announced they are dropping their bid to make the November ballot. The measure has been tied up for months in legal challenges from the gun industry and although it was cleared for signature gathering on Monday, the campaign decided they don’t have enough time to collect the required number of signatures before the July 6th The campaign vowed to refile for 2020.
- The Arizona #RedForEd movement will host its first major rally since April tomorrow. The goal of the rally? Collect petition signatures for a ballot measure that would generate revenue for education.
- The Massachusetts Supreme Court struck down a ballot measure that would have taxed high-income earners to fund education and transportation. Following the court’s decision, a state senator proposed identical legislation.
- In one of this year’s biggest ballot measure trends, initiatives that tackle redistricting will, or already have appeared on the ballot in five states this year.
- One of these campaigns, the Michigan Voters Not Politicians initiative will be on the November ballot! The campaign behind the initiative submitted signatures to the state in December, but the initiative had been tied up in legal challenges ever since.