O’Donnell Bill Will End the Use of Proposition 13 for Ballot Measures

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Legislation Will Prevent Voter Confusion

(SACRAMENTO) – Today, Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D – Long Beach) announced that he will introduce legislation to retire the use of the number 13 (Proposition 13) on future ballot measures. 

“We need to retire this ballot number to ensure voters are not misled,” said Assemblymember O’Donnell, Chair of the Assembly Education Committee.

In 2019, the legislature passed AB 48, which placed a $15 billion school facilities bond on the March 3, 2020 ballot. In accordance with existing law, the bond was assigned the next sequential proposition number, Proposition 13.

“Despite this number having no relation to the content of the school facilities bond, many voters mistakenly believed the ballot measure made changes to the “Proposition 13” originally passed in 1978 which dealt with property taxes,” said Assemblymember O’Donnell.    


Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell represents the 70th Assembly District, which includes Long Beach, Signal Hill, San Pedro and Catalina Island.