Proposition Summary

FREEDOM OF PRESS. LEGISLATIVE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT. Maintains existing guarantees of free speech and press. Adds provisions prohibiting any contempt citation by a judicial, legislative, or administrative body against a publisher, editor, reporter, or other person connected with a newspaper, magazine, wire service, or radio or television news for refusing to disclose sources of information or unpublished information obtained in course of processing information for communication to the public. Fiscal impact on state or local governments: No significant fiscal impact.

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Popular Vote Results

Y: 4445400; A: 75.3; N: 1618175; B: 26.7

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Assembly Constitutional Amendment

Relevant Case

Delaney v. Superior Ct. of Los Angeles County: 50 Cal. 3d 785, 1990; Rancho Publs. v. Superior Ct. of Orange County: 68 Cal. App. 4th 1538, 1999; Miller v. Superior Ct. of San Joaquin County: 66 Cal. App. 4th 334, 1998; In re Willon: 47 Cal. App. 4th 1080, 1996; People v. Von Villas: 10 Cal. App. 4th 201, 1992; Liggett v. Superior Ct. of Kern County: 224 Cal. App. 3d 426, 1989; Delaney v. Superior Ct. of Los Angeles County: 215 Cal. App. 3d 681, 1988; KSDO v. Superior Ct. of Riverside County: 136 Cal. App. 3d 375, 1982

Code Sections Affected

Amended Cal. Const. art. I, section 2