Proposition Summary

OFFICE OF THE AUDITOR GENERAL. LEGISLATIVE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT. • Establishes the Auditor General as a Constitutional office. • Requires Office to conduct independent, nonpartisan, professional audits. • Provides Legislature appoint or remove Auditor General after recommendation by a joint committee composed of no more than 50% of one political party. • Limits expenditures for Office to conducting audits, duties under the Reporting of Improper Governmental Activities Act, and related expenses. • Excludes expenditures for Office from Constitution's limit on legislative expenditures adopted by Proposition 140. • Exempts staff from civil service but requires hiring and promotions to be based on merit and professional qualifications. Summary of Legislative Analyst's Estimate of Net State and Local Government Fiscal Impact: • Potential state costs and savings from expanded audit activity. Net impact is unknown, but probably not significant.

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Legislative Vote Results

Final Votes Cast by the Legislature on SCA 34 (Proposition 159) Assembly -- Ayes, 54; Noes, 19 -- Senate -- Ayes, 32; Noes, 2

Popular Vote Results

Y: 3970906; A: 41.04; N: 5705058; B: 58.96

Election Type

General Election

Proposition Type

Senate Constitutional Amendment

For Author

D. A. "DEL" Weber, President, California Teachers Association; William Campbell, President, California Manufacturers Association; Robyn C. Prud'Homme-Bauer, President, League of Women Voters of California

Against Author

Pete Schabarum, Co-Author, Proposition 140 Term Limits; Lew Uhler, President, National Tax Limitation Committee; Tom McClintock, Member, California State Assembly

Rebuttal Author

Pete Schabarum, Co-Author, Proposition 140 -- Term limits; Mike Ford, Director, Marin United Taxpayer's Association; Lee A. Phelps, Founder/Chairman, Alliance of California Taxpayers & Involved Voters (ACTIV)

Rebuttal Against Author

Howard L. Owens, President, Congress of California Seniors; Jacob Mathews, President, California Business Alliance; Kathleen A. Dwelly, President, Society of California Accountants