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State of California November 2, 2004 Election
Proposition 69
DNA Samples. Collection. Database. Funding
State of California

Initiative Statute

7,183,917 / 62.0% Yes votes ...... 4,395,343 / 38.0% No votes

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Results as of Dec 6 4:02pm, 100.0% of Precincts Reporting (24035/24035)
Information shown below: Summary | Fiscal Impact | Yes/No Meaning | Official Information | Arguments |

Should collection of DNA samples from all felons, and from others arrested for or charged with specified crimes be required with submission to state DNA database? Provides for funding.

Summary Prepared by Attorney General:
  • Requires collection of DNA samples from all felons, and from adults and juveniles arrested for or charged with specified crimes, and submission to state DNA database; and; in five years, from adults arrested for or charged with any felony.
  • Authorizes local law enforcement laboratories to perform analyses for state database and maintain local database.
  • Specifies procedures for confidentiality and removing samples from databases.
  • Imposes additional monetary penalty upon certain fines/forfeitures to fund program.
  • Designates California Department of Justice to implement program, subject to available moneys: Authorizes $7,000,000 loan from Legislature for implementation.

Fiscal Impact from the Legislative Analyst:
Net state cost to process DNA samples of potentially nearly $20 million annually when costs are fully realized. Local costs likely more than fully offset by revenues, with the additional revenues available for other DNA-related activities.

Meaning of Voting Yes/No
A YES vote of this measure means:
The state would expand the collection of DNA samples to include all convicted felons, and some convicted nonfelons, as well as individuals arrested for certain offenses. Criminal penalties would increase to fund the expansion of DNA collection.

A NO vote of this measure means:
DNA samples would continue to be required only from persons convicted of serious felony offenses. Criminal penalties would not increase.

Official Sources of Information
Arguments Submitted

Summary of Arguments FOR Proposition 69:
Requiring convicted felons and arrestees for rape/murder to submit DNA, Proposition 69 helps solve crime, prevents false imprisonment, and stops serial rapists/killers. 69 brings California law enforcement up to par with 34 states. Governor Schwarzenegger, Attorney General Lockyer, law enforcement, defense attorneys, and victims' groups say vote yes!

Full Text of Argument In Favor

Summary of Arguments AGAINST Proposition 69:
Proposition 69 will not make you safer, but could trap your DNA in a criminal database. 69 treats thousands of Californians that are never charged with a crime just like the guilty. 69 risks your most sensitive, private information --your DNA. Protect your privacy. No on 69! See

Full Text of Argument Against

Contact FOR Proposition 69:
Beth Pendexter
Californians for the DNA Fingerprint-Yes on 69
925 L Street, Suite 1275
Sacramento, CA 95814

Contact AGAINST Proposition 69:
Beth Givens
3100 5th Avenue, Suite B
San Diego, CA 92103

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