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State of California November 7, 2000 Election
Proposition 33
Legislature. Participation In Public Employees’ Retirement System

Legislative Constitutional Amendment

3,791,715 / 39.0% Yes votes ...... 5,941,814 / 61.0% No votes

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Information shown below: Summary | Yes/No Meaning | Official Information | Arguments |
Summary Prepared by the state Attorney General:
  • Amends Constitution to allow members of the California Legislature the option to participate in the Public Employees’ Retirement System.
  • Allows any person elected or serving in the Legislature on or after November 1, 1990 to participate in any state retirement plan in which a majority of the employees of the State may participate.
  • Only the employer’s share of the contribution necessary for participation in such state retirement plans will be paid by the State.
  • Requires members of the Legislature to continue to participate in the Federal Social Security System.

Meaning of Voting Yes/No
A YES vote of this measure means:
State legislators could earn retirement benefits under a state retirement system for their years of service in the Legislature.

A NO vote of this measure means:
For retirement purposes, state legislators would continue to earn only Social Security benefits for their years of service in the Legislature.

Official Sources of Information
Arguments Submitted to the Secretary of State

Summary of Arguments FOR Proposition 33:
Proposition 33 is about fairness and about allowing everyone to serve in the Legislature, not just the rich. Proposition 33 only allows members of the Legislature to participate in the same pension plan as every other state employee. No additional perks. Proposition 33 will require no additional state spending.

Full Text of Argument In Favor, Rebuttal

Summary of Arguments AGAINST Proposition 33:
Vote NO. Legislators’ salaries are now $99,000, plus some reimbursement for living expenses. They need no more perks. This measure, written by politicians, wipes out a key part of Proposition 140 enacted by voters in 1990 and will increase general fund costs. Vote NO on Proposition 33.

Full Text of Argument Against, Rebuttal

Contact FOR Proposition 33:
Yes on Prop. 33
c/o Western Group
P.O. Box 596
Yucaipa, CA 92399
(909) 795-9722

Contact AGAINST Proposition 33:
Lewis Uhler, President
The National Tax-Limitation Committee
151 N. Sunrise Ave., Suite 901
Roseville, CA 95661
(916) 786-9400

  Official Information

Secretary of State

Nonpartisan Information

League of Women Voters

California Voter Foundation News and Analysis

Sacramento Bee

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