- Associated Press - Thursday, May 19, 2016

A campaign to accelerate death row appeals says it has enough signatures to qualify for California’s Nov. 8 ballot. Eight measures have already qualified for the ballot. Seven others, including a proposal to legalize recreational use of marijuana, are pending signature verification.

__PLASTIC BAGS. Would overturn a 2014 state law banning single-use plastic bags in grocery stores. Backed by the American Progressive Bag Alliance, an industry group.

__PUBLIC FINANCES. Would require voter approval for any project that raises more than $2 billion in revenue bonds, or debt that is repaid with user fees. The measure, buoyed by $4 million in contributions from Stockton farmer Dean Cortopassi, may affect large projects including high-speed rail and giant water tunnels.

__ADULT FILMS. Would require actors in pornographic films to use condoms during sexual intercourse.

__PRESCRIPTION DRUG COSTS. Would impose controls on state purchases of prescription drugs, establishing that prices can be no higher than what the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs pays.

__HOSPITAL FEES. Would prohibit the Legislature from diverting fees on hospitals that are intended to make the state eligible for federal funds under the Medicaid program for low-income patients, known as Medi-Cal in California. The Legislature could no longer direct the money to its general fund. Backed by the California Hospital Association.

__SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION. Would authorize the sale of $9 billion in school construction bonds, mostly to build and upgrade K-12 facilities. Backed by the Coalition for Adequate School Housing and California Building Industry Association.

__MINIMUM WAGE. Would raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by January 2021. Gov. Jerry Brown signed a similar measure into law in April. Its main backer, Service Employees International Union-United Healthcare Workers West, has until June 30 to withdraw it from the ballot.

__MULTILINGUAL EDUCATION. Would repeal prohibitions on multilingual instruction in public schools.

Measures pending signature verification:

__DEATH ROW APPEALS. Would accelerate appeals by inmates on death row. Backed by many law enforcement officials and former NFL defensive back Kermit Alexander, whose mother, sister and two nephews were killed in 1984.

__DEATH PENALTY REPEAL. Would repeal the death penalty for people convicted of murder and make the maximum punishment life in prison without the possibility a parole.

__MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION. Would allow adults 21 and over to buy an ounce of marijuana and marijuana-infused products at licensed retail outlets and also to grow up to six pot plants for personal recreational use.

__GUN CONTROL. Would require background checks at point of sale for ammunition. Would also streamline a program that lets authorities seize firearms from owners who bought the weapons legally and were later convicted of a felony or a violent misdemeanor, would require owners to turn in large-capacity ammunition magazines and report lost or stolen guns to law enforcement.

__TOBACCO TAX. Would raise California’s cigarette tax by $2 a pack to $2.87, making it the ninth-highest in the nation from its current ranking of 36th. Backed by billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer, health care groups and organized labor.

__LEGISLATIVE TRANSPARENCY. Would prohibit the Legislature from passing bills unless they are published for 72 hours. Backed by investor Charles Munger.

__HOSPITAL EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION. Would prohibit hospitals from paying executives annual compensation that exceeds the salary and expense allowance of the president of the United States, currently $450,000.

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