California State PTA currently supports the following state ballot measures:
REFERENDUM CHALLENGING A 2020 LAW PROHIBITING RETAIL SALE OF CERTAIN FLAVORED TOBACCO PRODUCTS
SB 793, which was signed into law in 2020, would prohibit a tobacco retailer, or any of the tobacco retailer’s agents or employees, from selling, offering for sale, or possessing with the intent to sell or offer for sale, a flavored tobacco product or a tobacco product flavor enhancer, as those terms are defined, except as specified. The law would make a violation of this prohibition an infraction punishable by a fine of $250 for each violation.
The opponents of SB 793 have qualified this referendum to ask voters to repeal that law.
Click here for detailed information about this ballot measure.
Learn more about the referendum here.
CALIRONIA ART AND MUSIC K-12 EDUCATION FUNDING INITIATIVE
Also called the “The Arts and Music in Schools – Funding Guarantee and Accountability Act.”
The initiative would require the state to provide funding to increase arts instruction and programs in schools. Funding is allocated based on the enrollment of the prior year for PreK-12 public school students, with 70 percent distributed to schools based on their share of statewide enrollment and 30 percent based on each school’s share of low-income students statewide. The majority of the funding is to be used to hire new staff (80 percent) and for arts education programs. The initiative would also require schools to publish reports showing how the money was used to directly benefit students.
See the California State PTA Referendum Study Report here.
REQUIRES STATE REGULATIONS TO REDUCE PLASTIC WASTE, TAX PRODUCERS OF SINGLE-USE PLASTICS, AND FUND RECYCLING AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAMS
The ballot initiative would require the California Department of Resources, Recycling, and Recovery (CalRecycle), in
consultation with other agencies, to adopt regulations that reduce the use of single-use plastic packaging and
Click here for detailed information about this ballot measure and to view the California State PTA Initiative Study Report.
PTAs and ballot measure positions
While unit, council and district PTAs are not required to work actively for any position, they should not officially oppose a stand taken by California State PTA.
For additional information, see Legislation Policy 7 here.
Campaign Restrictions: Use of School Resources
There are strict restrictions against using school district resources for political activity. This includes, for example, advocating for a ballot measure on school property and communicating advocacy information using school resources such as school email, website, etc.
You may gather signatures OFF school property and hold PTA meetings OFF school property for advocacy. You may use your PTA website and PTA email to distribute information to your members.
Please contact your school district for rules and permit requirements for any political activity on school property.