Mixed Results on Ballot Questions

March 15, 2000 1 min read

The following describes the outcome of four of the propositions that appeared on the statewide ballot in California on March 7:

Proposition 21—Passed

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

Proposition 25—Failed

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

Proposition 26—Failed

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

Proposition 28—Failed

Measure would have repealed Proposition 10—an initiative passed by voters in 1998 that uses a 50-cent tax on tobacco products to finance various health and education programs for young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