Proposition Summary

LOTTERIES. CHARITABLE RAFFLES. LEGISLATIVE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT. • Modifies current constitutional prohibition against private lotteries to permit legislative authorization of raffles conducted by eligible private nonprofit organizations for the purpose of funding beneficial and charitable works. • Requires at least 90% of a raffle’s gross receipts to go directly to beneficial or charitable purposes in California, but permits this percentage to be later amended by statute passed by two-thirds vote of each house without voter approval. Summary of Legislative Analyst’s Estimate of Net State and Local Government Fiscal Impact: • Probably no significant fiscal impact on state and local governments.

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Legislative Vote Results

Final Votes Cast by the Legislature on SCA 4 (Proposition 17) Assembly - Ayes, 62; Noes, 10 -- Senate - Ayes, 31; Noes, 3

Popular Vote Results

Y: 4112490; A: 58.7; N: 2897099; B: 41.3

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Legislative Constitutional Amendment.

For Author

BRUCE McPHERSON, State Senator, 15th District; DEAN D. FLIPPO, District Attorney, County of Monterey; FLORENCE L. GREEN, Executive Director, California Association of Nonprofits

Against Author

Dick Mountjoy, State Senator; Art Croney, Executive Director, Committee on Moral Concerns

Rebuttal Author

SENATOR DICK MOUNTJOY; MELANIE MORGAN, Recovering Compulsive Gambler; ART CRONEY, Executive Director, Committee on Moral Concerns

Rebuttal Against Author

Jackie Speier, State Senator, 8th District; Curtis J. Hill, Sheriff, County of San Benito