The state of California allows its citizens to repeal or introduce legislation through veto referendums. Therefore, the people of California approve or reject various ballot initiatives during state or general elections. Arguably, a referendum reveals public opinion on varying issues affecting individuals. For this reason, the exercise provides leaders and policymakers with views and wishes of the population (O’Connor & Sabato). In this essay, I will reflect on three propositions (14, 16 and 24) and evaluate their importance in society.
For me, the three propositions are personal. They reflect my values and aspirations for a better world. Proposition 14 wants voters to allow the state to issue new bonds worth $5.5 billion for stem cell research due to the depletion of the original $3 billion allocated in 2003 (Ballotpedia). I strongly support this measure as it will spur the invention of new cures for maladies afflicting the world. More importantly, it will benefit society by increasing access to treatments developed by stem cell research (Myers). On a personal level, the proposition offers hope that I will gain quality healthcare if I ever am sick. Thus, it deserves support from all Californians.