While the presidential election is still in the balance, several tally efforts with broad ramifications for how we use innovation have actually passed.
Tally initiatives pose questions to citizens and can– if passed– create, change, or repeal existing state laws. In total, there were 129 statewide ballot initiatives throughout the nation in this presidential election, including many related to taxation and drug legalization.
Here’s a round-up of some of the efforts on tech policy with more comprehensive nationwide ramifications, and what they may suggest for customers, personal privacy, and corporations. We’ll update it as the passage of more such questions is validated over the next couple of days.
California: gig workers will not end up being staff members
Proposition 22 was quickly approved by California citizens, implying that gig employees for apps like Lyft, Uber, and Doordash will not end up being workers of those companies. Instead they will stay independent specialists. This basically overturns AB-5, passed in 2015, which would have given gig employees the very same securities as other employees, like minimum wage, advantages, and payment. The proposition also consists of an arrangement that a ⅞ bulk in California’s senate is needed to overturn it, making any changes very hard. As Mary-Beth Moylan, a law professor at McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, recently noted, it is more common for ballot initiatives to need a 3/4 bulk to pass, instead of ⅞.
A consortium of tech companies, consisting of Uber, Lyft, and Postmates, spent more than $200 million in assistance of it– the most spent on any California proposition. Their substantial monetary benefit was magnified by their access to in-app marketing, including messaging that recommended “Yes on 22” would protect employees. In contrast, the opposition, led by labor unions, raised just short of $20 million.
Offered the costs imbalance, the outcomes were