PROP
59

CORPORATIONS. POLITICAL SPENDING. FEDERAL CONSTITUTIONAL PROTECTIONS. LEGISLATIVE ADVISORY QUESTION.

 

OFFICIAL TITLE AND SUMMARY

PREPARED BY THE ATTORNEY GENERAL

  • Asks whether California’s elected officials should use their authority to propose and ratify an amendment to the federal Constitution overturning the United States Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission.
  • Citizens United ruled that laws placing certain limits on political spending by corporations and unions are unconstitutional.
  • States that the proposed amendment should clarify that corporations should not have the same constitutional rights as human beings.

SUMMARY OF LEGISLATIVE ANALYST'S ESTIMATE OF NET STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT FISCAL IMPACT:

  • No direct fiscal effect on state or local governments.

FINAL VOTES CASE BY THE LEGISLATURE ON SB 254 (PROPOSITION 59)
(CHAPTER 20, STATUTES OF 2016)

Senate: Ayes 26 Noes 12
Assembly: Ayes 51 Noes 26

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