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State of California November 7, 2000 Election
Proposition 37
Fees. Vote Requirements. Taxes

Initiative Constitutional Amendment

4,579,981 / 48.0% Yes votes ...... 4,963,684 / 52.0% No votes

See Also: Index of all Propositions

Information shown below: Summary | Yes/No Meaning | Official Information | Arguments |
Summary Prepared by the state Attorney General:
  • Requires two-thirds vote of State Legislature, or either majority or two-thirds of local electorate, to impose on any activity fees used to pay for monitoring, studying, or mitigating the environmental, societal or economic effects of that activity when the fees impose no regulatory obligation upon the payor.
  • Redefines such fees as taxes.
  • Excludes certain real property related fees, assessments and development fees.
  • Excludes damages, penalties, or expenses recoverable from a specific event.
  • Does not apply to fees enacted before July 1, 1999, or increased fees due to inflation or greater workload, as specified.

Meaning of Voting Yes/No
A YES vote of this measure means:
Government actions to establish certain regulatory charges would require approval by a greater number of legislators or local voters.

A NO vote of this measure means:
Current laws and constitutional requirements regarding regulatory charges would not be changed.

Official Sources of Information
Arguments Submitted to the Secretary of State

Summary of Arguments FOR Proposition 37:
The California Taxpayers Association urges you to vote Yes on Proposition 37 to stop hidden taxes on food, gasoline, utilities and other necessities. Proposition 37 makes politicians accountable to taxpayers by requiring a vote of the people or a 2/3 vote of the Legislature to enact these hidden taxes.

Full Text of Argument In Favor, Rebuttal

Summary of Arguments AGAINST Proposition 37:
Proposition 37 protects polluters and shifts their costs to taxpayers. The oil and tobacco lobbies who paid for Prop. 37 want you to pay for the pollution and sickness they cause. American Cancer Society, League of Women Voters, Sierra Club and California Tax Reform Association say: No on 37!

Full Text of Argument Against, Rebuttal

Contact FOR Proposition 37:
Californians Against Hidden Taxes
591 Redwood Hwy., Suite 4000
Mill Valley, CA 94941
(916) 448-4266

Contact AGAINST Proposition 37:
Doug Linney
Taxpayers Against Polluter Protection
1904 Franklin Street, Suite 909
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 444-4793

  Official Information

Secretary of State

Nonpartisan Information

California Budget Project

League of Women Voters California Voter Foundation News and Analysis

KPBS San Diego Public Broadcasting

Sacramento Bee San Francisco Chronicle General Links

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