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State of California March 5, 2002 Election
Proposition 45
Legislative Term Limits. Local Voter Petitions

Initiative Constitutional Amendment

2,043,448 / 42.3% Yes votes ...... 2,782,039 / 57.7% No votes

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Information shown below: Summary | Fiscal Impact | Yes/No Meaning | Official Information | Arguments |

Should the California Constitution be amended to allow voters to submit petitions to permit their incumbent legislators to run for reelection and to serve for a maxiumum of four more years beyond their presently allowed terms?

Summary Prepared by the State Attorney General:
Allows voters to submit petition signatures to permit their incumbent legislator to run for re-election(s) and serve maximum of four years beyond terms provided for in Constitution if majority of voters approves.

Fiscal Impact from the Legislative Analyst:
Counties would incur unknown costs to verify petition signatures, potentially up to several hundreds of thousands of dollars every other year on a statewide basis.

The state would incur little or no costs to track the eligibility of re-election candidates.

Meaning of Voting Yes/No
A YES vote of this measure means:
A YES vote on this measure means: Local registered voters could petition the Secretary of State to permit their incumbent Senator or Assembly Member, who is otherwise ineligible due to term limits, to run for reelection to serve up to an additional four years. Consequently, a Senator could serve a maximum of three fouryear terms and an Assembly Member a maximum of five two-year terms.

A NO vote of this measure means:
A NO vote on this measure means: Local registered voters could not petition the Secretary of State to permit an incumbent Member of the Senate or Assembly, who is otherwise ineligible due to term limits, to run for reelection. Current term limits would remain in place, restricting Senators to two four-year terms and Assembly Members to three two-year terms.

Official Sources of Information
Arguments Submitted to the Secretary of Statethe Secretary of State

Summary of Arguments FOR Proposition 45:
Local registered voters could petition the Secretary of State to permit their incumbent Senator or Assembly Member, who is otherwise ineligible due to term limits, to run for reelection to serve up to an additional four years. Consequently, a Senator could serve a maximum of three fouryear terms and an Assembly Member a maximum of five twoyear terms.

For more information, see full Arguments & Rebuttals

Summary of Arguments AGAINST Proposition 45:
Local registered voters could not petition the Secretary of State to permit an incumbent Member of the Senate or Assembly, who is otherwise ineligible due to term limits, to run for reelection. Current term limits would remain in place, restricting Senators to two four-year terms and Assembly Members to three two-year terms.

For more information, see full Arguments & Rebuttals

Contact FOR Proposition 45:
Joe Camicia

555 Capitol Mall, Suite 1425; Sacramento, CA 95814; 916-442-2952; Fax: 916-442-1280; http://www.petitionrights.org; mail@petitionrights.org

Contact AGAINST Proposition 45:
Todd McCauley; No on 45! Stop the Politicians

151 N. Sunrise Ave., Suite 901; Roseville, CA 95661; 916-786-9400; Info@Stopthepoliticians.org; http://www.Stopthepoliticians.org

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North County Times (San Diego)

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