Action Alert Update – SCA 5 narrowly approved, but moving forward

Earlier this week, we sent out an Action Alert asking all HJTA members to call lawmakers on the Senate Governance and Finance Committee, urging them to oppose Senate Constitutional Amendment 5. This measure would make it easier to pass tax increases by cutting the vote needed to approve education parcel taxes from the current two-thirds down to just 55 percent. 

SCA 5 is an attack on Proposition 13, which says any local parcel tax must be approved by two-thirds of voters.

We’d like to update you on the outcome of the hearing in the committee. The bill did pass out of committee by a vote of 4-3. Democrats Jim Beall, Bob Hertzberg, Mike McGuire and Scott Wiener voted for SCA 5. Republicans John Moorlach and Jim Nielsen voted no. In an interesting turn of events, the final “no” vote was from State Senate Democrat Melissa Hurtado. This moderate district includes parts of Kern and Fresno counties, as well as Kings and Tulare County.

HJTA was joined in opposition to SCA 5 by a number of groups including the California Chamber of Commerce and the Family Business Association of California. 

There are currently 29 Democrats in the Senate, and if three of them oppose SCA 5 or abstain from voting, it will fail in a vote on the Senate floor. Senator Hurtado’s “no” vote was an encouraging move in this direction, but more needs to be done. The next stop for SCA 5 is a hearing in the Elections and Constitutional Amendments Committee. A date for that hearing has not yet been set.

HJTA is committed to the fight to stop SCA 5 and a similar Constitutional Amendment, ACA 1, from becoming law. You can continue to help by clicking on this link and printing copies of our online petition to give to friends and neighbors: 

You can also help by contacting your State Senator to tell them how important it is to protect Proposition 13. You can find your representative’s name and contact information at this link: 

Thank you for your continued calls to legislators, which makes a difference because it is drawing attention to Proposition 13. Together, we’ll keep fighting for California taxpayers.


David Wolfe
Legislative Director
Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association
Email: [email protected]

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2 Responses to Action Alert Update – SCA 5 narrowly approved, but moving forward

  1. William Hicks April 27, 2019 at 10:32 am

    I live in Newbury Park and contacted State Senator Stern expressing my concern how SCA-5 would only encourage more flight from an Tax Unfriendly California.

  2. William Hicks April 27, 2019 at 1:21 am



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