The following describes the outcome of four of the propositions that appeared on the statewide ballot in California on March 7:
Requires that youths 14 and over who are convicted of felonies as adults be placed in adult prisons, and expands other juvenile-crime penalties.
• 4,040,544—62 percent—voted yes
• 2,478,824—38 percent—voted no
Campaign-finance reform measure—strongly opposed by the state’s teachers’ unions—would have capped campaign contributions from individuals or political action committees at $5,000 for statewide candidates, and $3,000 for legislative and local races. Currently, such donations are largely uncapped.
• 4,091,783—64.6 percent—voted no
• 2,249,266—35.4 percent—voted yes
Would have made it easier for local school districts to raise money for pass bonds for school construction by reducing the number of votes required to pass a bond from a two-thirds majority to a simple majority.
• 3,332,361—51.2 percent—voted no
• 3,178,036—48.8 percent—voted yes
Measure would have repealed Proposition 10—an initiative passed by voters in 1998 that uses a 50-cent tax on tobacco products to finance various health and education programs for young children and families.
• 4,646,272—71.2 percent—voted no
• 1,882,280—28.8 percent—voted yes
SOURCE: Office of California Secretary of State.
A version of this article appeared in the March 15, 2000 edition of Education Week as Mixed Results on Ballot Questions