California Proposition 93 (2008)

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Proposition 93 was a Californian ballot proposition that sought to amend the term limits law for the California state legislature. Voters rejected it on February 5, 2008.


Currently, California allows a person to serve 6 years in the California State Assembly and 8 years in the California State Senate. Proposition 93 would have changed the term limit to 12 years in both houses combined. If passed, the measure would have been the first amendment to the term limits law since Proposition 140 in 1990.[1]

The proposition would have reduced the total number of years a person could serve in the state legislature from 14 to 12 years, while allowing current members to serve 12 years in their current house regardless of prior service. Consequently, some current members of the legislature would have been allowed to serve beyond the 14 years prescribed by current term limit laws.[2]


Proposition 93[3]
Choice Votes  %
Referendum failed No 4,574,826 53.59
Yes 3,961,466 46.41
Valid votes 8,536,292 94.13
Invalid or blank votes 532,123 5.87
Total votes 9,068,415 100.00

External links[edit]


  1. ^ List of California ballot propositions 1990-1999
  2. ^ The San Francisco Chronicle Editorial Board (2008-01-15). "Corruption of a good idea". The San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2008-03-11. 
  3. ^ "State Ballot Measures" (PDF). Secretary of State of California. 2008-03-15. Retrieved 2008-04-14.