- Associated Press - Sunday, May 8, 2016

Seven measures have collected enough valid signatures to qualify for California’s Nov. 8 ballot. An eighth - placed on the ballot by the Legislature - would repeal prohibitions on multilingual instruction in public schools that voters approved in 1998. 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 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.

Measures pending signature verification:

-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.

-DEATH PENALTY REPEAL. Would repeal the death penalty for people convicted of murder and make life imprisonment without the possibility a parole the maximum punishment.

-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.

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