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State of California February 5, 2008 Election
Proposition 93
Limits on Legislators' Terms in Office
State of California

Initiative Constitutional Amendment - Majority Approval Required

Fail: 3,807,067 / 46.4% Yes votes ...... 4,402,742 / 53.6% No votes

See Also: Index of all Propositions

Results as of Mar 3 2:23pm, 100.0% of Precincts Reporting (23109/23109)
Information shown below: Summary | Fiscal Impact | Yes/No Meaning | Official Information | Arguments |
Summary Prepared by the State Attorney General:
  • Reduces the total amount of time a person may serve in the state legislature from 14 years to 12 years.
  • Allows a person to serve a total of 12 years either in the Assembly, the Senate, or a combination of both.
  • Provides a transition period to allow current members to serve a total of 12 consecutive years in the house in which they are currently serving, regardless of any prior service in another house.

Fiscal Impact from the Legislative Analyst:
No direct fiscal effect on state or local governments.

Meaning of Voting Yes/No
A YES vote on this measure means:
Members of the State Legislature could serve a maximum total of 12 years in office--without regard to whether the years were served in the Assembly or Senate. Some current Members could serve more than the 14 total years now allowed.

A NO vote on this measure means:
Members of the State Legislature could continue to serve a maximum total of 14 years in office--up to 6 years in the Assembly and up to 8 years in the Senate.

Official Sources of Information
Arguments Submitted to the Secretary of State

Summary of Arguments FOR Proposition 93:
Prop. 93 strikes a reasonable balance between the need to elect new people with fresh ideas and the need for knowledgeable, experienced legislators working to protect taxpayers. Independent studies prove it will help make our Legislature more effective, accountable, and better able to deal with the complex problems facing California.

See also full Arguments and Rebuttals.

Summary of Arguments AGAINST Proposition 93:
Proposition 93 is a scam written by politicians and funded by special interests. It has a special loophole that benefits 42 termed out incumbent politicians by giving them more time in office. It doubles Assembly terms from 6 to 12 years and increases Senate terms from 8 to 12 years.

See also full Arguments and Rebuttals.

Contact FOR Proposition 93:
Charu Khopkar
Committee for Term Limits and Legislative Reform
1510 J Street, Suite 210
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 443-7817

Contact AGAINST Proposition 93:
Bob Adney
California Term Limits Defense Fund
2331 El Camino Ave.
Sacramento, CA 95821
(916) 482-5000

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Other Nonpartisan Sources
  • Proposition 93 - includes background, pros&cons, voter info, key links and more from the Institute of Governmental Studies, UC Berkeley

KQED/FM (SF public radio)

KPCC 89.3 (Southern CA Public Radio) Video Voter Minutes League of Women Voters Video of Pros & Cons Official Information

Secretary of State

Campaign Finance Data

California Voter Foundation

Secretary of State
  • Cal-Access - how much money is being raised and spent on Prop 93
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