Props involving guns, environment, condoms

As part of our You Decide 2016 coverage we are breaking down the 17 propositions California voters will vote on. 

On Tuesday KTVU's Monte Francis takes a look at a number of new regulations involving guns, condoms and plastic bags. 

Plastic Bags

California became the first state in the nation to ban single use plastic bags at grocery stores and pharmacies two years ago. The ban never actually took effect. Shortly after lawmakers passed the ban, plastic bag manufacturers gathered enough signatures for a ballot measure taking advantage of a provision in the state constitution that allows a statewide vote on a new law before it's enacted. Prop 67 asks voters to reaffirm the ban that lawmakers passed in 2014. If it failed, the statewide ban on plastic bags would be repealed. Prop 65 is another measure funded by the plastics industry that re-directs the small fee customers are charged for reusable bags. Instead of going to the store, it would instead go toward environmental programs. 


Prop 60 is a workplace regulation requiring actors in adult films to wear condoms during sexual intercourse. Federal regulations already require condom use in X-rated films, but the rule is rarely enforced.

Supporters say the measure protects the health of porn actors but earlier this year Cal OSHA, the state agency that regulates workplace safety, heard testimony from adult film performers who said a law would drive the industry underground and open them to lawsuits.

They also argued it would drive the industry out of state. Much like the porn industry left Los Angeles after L.A. county required condoms for porn actors four years ago.


New gun control measures would go into effect under Prop 63. They include making gun theft a felony, and requiring ammunition dealers to report lost or stolen ammo within 48 hours.

But most of the provisions in Prop 63, including a requirement for buyers of ammunition to undergo background checks and a ban on large capacity magazines, were already signed into law by Governor Brown back in July.

By that time the initiative had already qualified for the ballot, and its champion Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, who's running for Governor in 2018, rejected calls to drop the initiative.