Bill to Eliminate the Number 13 on Future Ballot Measures Gains Bipartisan Support

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AB 2088 Aims to Prevent Voter Confusion

(SACRAMENTO) – Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D – Long Beach) has been joined by Assemblymember Jay Obernolte (R – Hesperia) on Assembly Bill 2088 to halt the use of the number 13 (Proposition 13) on future ballot measures. 

“My office received calls from voters confusing the school facilities bond measure with the Proposition 13 from 1978 which dealt with property taxes,” said Assemblymember O’Donnell, Chair of the Assembly Education Committee. “AB 2088 will put an end to using the number 13 to prevent confusion and misinformation. I welcome my Republican colleague as a joint author of this bill.”

“I can’t tell you how many times that I witnessed voter confusion on social media and constituent correspondence in the months leading up to the election based on the school bond that was on the Primary ballot with the number of Proposition 13,” said Assemblymember Obernolte.

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

The bill awaits a hearing in its first policy committee.

 

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