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State of California March 7, 2000 Election
Proposition 19
Murder. BART and CSU Peace Officers

Legislative Initiative Amendment

5,089,043 / 73.6% Yes votes ...... 1,829,503 / 26.4% No votes

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Information shown below: Summary | Yes/No Meaning | Official Information | Arguments |
Summary Prepared by the State Attorney General:
Provides second degree murder of peace officer employed by BART or State University is punishable by life imprisonment without possibility of parole where aggravating circumstances are present. Fiscal Impact: Unknown, probably minor, additional state costs.

Meaning of Voting Yes/No
A YES vote of this measure means:
Longer prison terms would be mandated for punishment of the second degree murder of a peace officer working for either the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) District or the California State University system, consistent with penalties now provided for cases involving the murder of other specified peace officers in California. Depending upon the circumstances, a person convicted for such a murder could be sentenced to 25 years to life or to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.

A NO vote of this measure means:
The punishment for the second degree murder of a peace officer working for either the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) District or the California State University system would continue to be imprisonment for 15 years to life.

Official Sources of Information
Arguments Submitted to the Secretary of State

Summary of Arguments FOR Proposition 19:
Proposition 19 implements a measure that was overwhelmingly passed by the state legislature. It makes second degree murder of California State University and San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit police subject to the same criminal penalties that currently apply to second degree murder of police officers throughout the state.

Full Text of Argument In Favor, Rebuttal

Summary of Arguments AGAINST Proposition 19:
If this passes, train and college police could order you to join a posse to catch criminals-- without arms, training or pay-- or face large fines. 100 years ago most men carried guns and knew how to use them. Now most citizens are denied permits to carry weapons for self-defense.

Full Text of Argument Against, Rebuttal

Contact FOR Proposition 19:
Wade Gomes (510) 869-2490

Contact AGAINST Proposition 19:
Ted Brown
Libertarian Party of California
(626) 614-0630

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Secretary of State

Nonpartisan Information

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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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