Proposition Summary

GOVERNOR'S PAROLE REVIEW. LEGISLATIVE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT. Provides that no decision of the parole authority which grants, denies, revokes, or suspends the parole of a person sentenced to an indeterminate term upon conviction of murder shall become effective for a period of 30 days. Permits Governor to review the decision during this period subject to statutory procedures. States that the Governor may only affirm, modify, or reverse a parole authority decision on the basis of the same factors which the parole authority may consider. Requires Governor to report to the Legislature the pertinent facts and reasons for each parole action. Summary of Legislative Analyst's estimate of net state and local government fiscal impact: The fiscal impact of this measure is unknown and depends on the actions of the Governor. Grants of parole would result in relatively minor savings. Denials of parole could result in relatively minor costs.

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Legislative Vote Results

Assembly - Ayes, 63; Noes, 11 -- Senate - Ayes, 29; Noes, 5

Popular Vote Results

Y: 4928991; A: 55.01; N: 4031422; B: 44.99

Election Type

General Election

Proposition Type

Senate Constitutional Amendment

Relevant Case

Johnson v. Gomez: 92 F.3d 964, 9th Cir . 1996; Johnson v. Gomez: 876 F. Supp. 226, E.D. Cal. 1995; People v. Massie: 19 Cal. 4th 550: 967 P.2d 29: 79 Cal. Rptr. 2d 816, 1998

Code Sections Affected

Amended Cal. Const. art. V, section 8

For Author

Daniel E. Boatwright, State Senator, 7th District; Gary A. Condit, Member of the Assembly, 27th District; Ira Reiner, Los Angeles County District Attorney

Against Author

Reverend Paul W. Comiskey S.J., on behalf of the Prisoners Rights Union

Rebuttal Author

Reverend Paul W. Comiskey S.J., on behalf of the Prisoners Rights Union

Rebuttal Against Author

George Deukmejian, Governor; Daniel Boatwright, State Senator, 7th District