Proposition Summary

LIMITS ON TERMS OF OFFICE. ETHICS. CAMPAIGN FINANCING. INITIATIVE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT AND STATUTE. • Limits elected statewide officials to eight successive years in office; state legislators, Board of Equalization members to twelve successive years. • Limits gifts to elected state, local officials. • Enlarges conflict of interest prohibitions, remedies applicable to state, local government officials. • Prohibits use of public resources for personal or campaign purposes. • Authorizes special prosecutors. • Establishes campaign contribution limits for elective offices. • Provides partial public campaign financing for candidates to state office who agree to specified campaign expenditure limits. • Substantially repeals campaign ballot measures, 68 and 73, enacted June, 1988. Summary of Legislative Analyst's Estimate of Net State and Local Government Fiscal Impact: • Unknown level of state revenues, possibly $12 million in 1990-91 and uncertain amounts thereafter, to be generated from state income tax check-off provisions for campaign financing; corresponding unknown revenue loss to state General Fund. • Annual General Fund contributions of $5 million for campaign matching payments beginning January 1, 1992, amounts to increase in subsequent years. • Unknown amount of state matching payments likely to be requested under measure for campaign financing by candidates for state office. • State General Fund administrative costs of approximately $1.5 million in 1990-91, $3 million annually for a subsequent years.

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Popular Vote Results

Y: 2723763; A: 37.75; N: 4490973; B: 62.25

Election Type

General Election

Proposition Type

Initiative statutory and constitutional

For Author

Ralph Nader; John Phillips, Chair, California Common Cause; John Van De Kamp, Attorney General of California

Against Author

Dan Stanford, Former Chair, Fair Political Practices Commission; Howard Owens, President, Congress of California Seniors; Tom Noble, President, California Association of Highway Patrolmen

Rebuttal Author

W. Bruce Lee, II, Executive Director, California Business League; Wendell Phillips, President, California Council of Police and Sheriffs; Dan Stanford, Former Chair, Fair Political Practices Commission

Rebuttal Against Author

Tom McEnery, Mayor, City of San Jose; Joan Claybrook, President, Public Citizen; David Brower, Founder, Friends of the Earth