Eminent Domain, Props 98 & 99
Original post made by R Wray, Palo Verde, on May 14, 2008
In schematic form, Prop 98 limits A, B and C. Prop 99 limits A. Prop 99, however, includes a clause that declares 98 void if 99 gets more votes than 98 (assuming both 98 & 99 pass).
Suppose, for example, that 98 passes, say by 90% of the votes. This means that the voters want limits A, B & C by a wide margin. But if 99 gets 90% plus one vote, it eliminates 98 and we get only limit A. As a voter, I hate it when politicians play with us like this.
I'm in favor of property rights, so I will vote for Prop 98 and against Prop 99 since I want limits A, B & C. However, the way this is setup, Prop 99 is bound to get more votes than 98, so enacting the Prop 98 limits doesn't stand a chance even if a large majority votes for them. This is a crude joke on the voters by our Sacramento politicians.