Proposition Summary

LIMITS ON TERMS OF OFFICE, LEGISLATORS' RETIREMENT, LEGISLATIVE OPERATING COSTS. INITIATIVE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT • Persons elected or appointed after November 5, 1990, holding offices of Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Controller, Secretary of State. Treasurer, Superintendent of Public Instruction, Board of Equalization members, and State Senators, limited to two terms; members of the Assembly limited to three terms. • Requires legislators elected or serving after November 1, 1990, to participate in federal Social Security program; precludes accrual of other pension and retirement benefits resulting from legislative service, except vested rights. • Limits expenditures of Legislature for compensation and operating costs and equipment, to specified amount. Summary of Legislative Analyst's Estimate of Net State and Local Government Fiscal Impact: • The limitation on terms will have no fiscal effect. • The restrictions on the legislative retirement benefits would reduce state costs by approximately $750,000 a year. • To the extent that future legislators do not participate in the federal Social Security system, there would be unknown future savings to the state. • Legislative expenditures in 1991-92 would be reduced by about 38 percent, or $70 million. • In subsequent years, the measure would limit growth in these expenditures to the changes in the state's appropriations limit.

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Popular Vote Results

Y: 3744447; A: 52.17; N: 3432666; B: 47.83

Election Type

General Election

Proposition Type

Initiative constitutional amendment

For Author

Peter F. Schabarum, Chairman, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors; Lewis K. Uhler, President, National Tax-Limitation Committee; J. G. Ford, Jr., President, Marin United Taxpayers Association

Against Author

Dr. Regene L. Mitchell, President, Consumer Federation of California; Lucy Blake, Executive Director, California League of Conservation Voters; Dan Terry, President, California Professional Firefighters

Rebuttal Author

Ed Foglia, President, California Teachers Association; Dan Terry, President, California Professional Firefighters; Linda M. Tangren, State Chair, California National Women's Political Caucus

Rebuttal Against Author

W. Bruce Lee, II, Executive Director, California Business League; Lee A. Phelps, Chairman, Alliance of California Taxpayers; Art Pagdan, M.D., National 1st V.P., Filipino-American Political Association