Proposition Summary

Senate Constitutional Amendment No 4. Establishing Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to administer liquor licensing laws in place of State Board of Equalizations. Provides for Director of Alcoholic Beverage Control, appointed by Governor, with Senate approval, subject to removal by Governor or by legislative majority. Makes offenses involving moral turpitude an additional ground for denial, suspension or revocation of liquor licenses. Establishes three-man board to hear appeals from department’s decisions. Prohibits State manufacture or sale of liquor. Preserves consistent provisions of existing Alcoholic Beverage Control Act and existing license fee scale, until Legislature provides otherwise.

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Popular Vote Results

Y: 2265436; A: 66.3; N: 1152238; B: 33.7

Election Type

General Election

Proposition Type

Senate Constitutional Amendment

Relevant Case

Calhoun v. Superior Ct. of San Diego County: 46 Cal. 2d 18, 1955

Code Sections Affected

Amended Cal. Const. art. XX, section 22.

For Author

Arthur H. Breed, Jr., State Senator, Alameda County; Caspar W. Weinberger, Assemblyman, San Francisco

Against Author

Earl D. Desmond, State Senator, 19th Senatorial District