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Ballot Initiatives That Would Increase Taxes Qualify For State's November Ballot

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Ballot initiatives that would increase taxes on cigarettes and wealthier Californians have both qualified for the state’s November ballot.

The Secretary of State’s office certified them Thursday. It also certified measures that would streamline the death penalty and shorten some criminal sentences.

The 17 measures will ask voters whether to extend the Proposition 30 taxes on higher-income Californians, whether to abolish the death penalty or streamline it, cap what the state will pay for prescription drugs, if porn actors should have to wear condoms and also whether to legalize recreational marijuana.

Lawmakers could also add more measures to the ballot—they sent a possible tweak to Proposition 47 to Governor Jerry Brown and have also discussed a park bond in recent days.