Proposition 16 in the California state elections, June 2010, was an initiative that would have amended the state constitution to require two-thirds supermajority voter approval before local governments could use public funds or issue bonds to establish or expand public electricity service or community choice aggregation. Our state has successful men and women of all races and ethnicities. Proposition 16 would repeal the 1996 California Proposition 209 which amended the California constitution and prohibits government institutions from considering race, sex, or ethnicity, specifically in the areas of public employment, public contracting, and public education. State law also has a number of anti-discrimination provisions that are similar to those in federal law. Proposition 16 lost. Nothing in this section shall be interpreted as prohibiting action which must be taken to establish or maintain eligibility for any federal program, where ineligibility would result in a loss of federal funds to the State. [41][42][43] Under Proposition 209, California universities and government hiring may still consider economic background in the admissions process, but may not use race. CON The proposition does not change any fiscal policies, though there are uncertain effects depending on subsequent changes in hiring processes. SurveyUSA survey presented only the measure's title, rather than a summary. ", “Since becoming law in 1996, Proposition 209 has cost women- and minority-owned businesses $1.1 billion each year...It has perpetuated a wage gap wherein women make 80 cents on every dollar made by men and has allowed discriminatory hiring and contracting processes to continue unhindered.”, "As we look around the world, we see there is an urgent cry — an urgent cry for change. The proposition protects the state's drinking water sources from being contaminated with chemicals known to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm, and requires businesses to inform Californians about exposures to Permits government decision-making policies to consider race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in order to address diversity by repealing constitutional provision prohibiting such policies. [4] In June 2020, the California State Legislature passed ACA 5 on a mostly party-line vote, voting 60-14 on June 10 in the Assembly and 30-10 on June 24 in the Senate. The measure would repeal Section 31 of Article I of the California Constitution. 16 fights wage discrimination and systemic racism, opening up opportunities for women and people of color. 5 (ACA 5) by Democratic Assembly Members Weber, Gipson, and Santiago on January 18, 2019. Federal law establishes a right to equal protection and as a result limits how "protected classes" such as race and gender may be used in decision-making. [14], Affirmative action has its origins in Executive Order 10925, which was issued by President John F. Kennedy and required government contractors to "take affirmative action to ensure that applicants are employed, and employees are treated during employment, without regard to their race, creed, color, or national origin. Before Proposition 209, state and local policies and programs that considered race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin still had to comply with federal law. If there’s anything that should be fundamental in our society it’s that the state should treat all Californians equally. [22] Proposition 209 amended the Constitution of California to prohibit government institutions from "[discriminating] against, or [granting] preferential treatment to, any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in the operation of public employment, public education, or public contracting." Don’t divide us! Ward Connerly, President Proponents of Proposition 16 assert that it will allow California’s policymakers to enact laws, programs, and guidelines “to end and correct the effects of a specific form of discrimination" through "good-faith efforts ... to identify, select, and train potentially qualified minorities and women".