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State of California March 7, 2000 Election
Proposition 17
Lotteries. Charitable Raffles

Legislative Constitutional Amendment

4,085,260 / 58.7% Yes votes ...... 2,875,142 / 41.3% No votes

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Information shown below: Summary | Yes/No Meaning | Official Information | Arguments |
Summary Prepared by the State Attorney General:
Modifies current constitutional prohibition against private lotteries to permit legislative authorization of raffles conducted by private nonprofit organizations for beneficial and charitable purposes. Fiscal Impact: Probably no significant fiscal impact on state and local governments.

Meaning of Voting Yes/No
A YES vote of this measure means:
The state could allow private nonprofit organizations to conduct raffles for charitable purposes.

A NO vote of this measure means:
Raffles that require payment for a chance to win a prize would remain illegal in California.

Official Sources of Information
Arguments Submitted to the Secretary of State

Summary of Arguments FOR Proposition 17:
All raffles in California are illegal except the State Lottery. If approved by the voters, Proposition 17 would allow California charitable nonprofit organizations to lawfully conduct raffles as a fundraiser, subject to regulation by the Legislature. Proposition 17 is supported by law enforcement, charities, and education leaders.

Full Text of Argument In Favor, Rebuttal

Summary of Arguments AGAINST Proposition 17:
Under existing law, legitimate charities have legally used raffles for decades. Under Proposition 17, professional scam artists will create phony charities for their own personal gain. Shady professional gamblers will compete with honest charities. Proposition 17 will severely hurt legitimate, charitable fundraising. Proposition 17 creates problems and solves none.

Full Text of Argument Against, Rebuttal

Contact FOR Proposition 17:
Kelly Norton
McNally Temple Associates, Inc.
1817 Capitol Avenue Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 447-8186

Contact AGAINST Proposition 17:
Art Croney, Executive Director Committee on Moral Concerns
P. O. Box 2768
Sacramento, CA 95812
(916) 446-5131

  Official Information

Secretary of State

Nonpartisan Information

Easy Reading Voter Guide

League of Women Voters California Voter Foundation Secretary of State News and Analysis

Los Angeles Times

Palm Springs Desert Sun Torrance Daily Breeze Sacramento Bee
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