California Proposition 48, Remove References to "Municipal Courts" from Constitution (2002)
Proposition 48 amended the California Constitution to delete references to the municipal courts. In 1998, California's voters approved Proposition 220, which authorized the elimination of the state's municipal courts. Propositon 48 in 2002 was viewed as largely a technical revision to the state's constitution, since it deleted references to courts that by 2002 no longer existed.
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The changes made to the California Constitution as a result of the approval of Proposition 48 were:
- Section 1 of Article VI was amended.
- Section 5 of Article VI was repealed.
- Section 6 of Article VI was amended.
- Section 8 of Article VI was amended.
- Section 10 of Article VI was amended.
- Section 15 of Article VI was amended.
- Section 16 of Article VI was amended.
- Section 23 of Article VI was amended.
Text of measure
The ballot title was:
Proposition 48 asked the question:
- "Should the California Constitution be amended to delete references to the municipal courts?"
The ballot summary said:
- "Amends Constitution to delete references to the municipal courts, which references are now obsolete due to the consolidation of superior and municipal trial courts into unified superior courts."
The fiscal estimate provided by the California Legislative Analyst's Office said:
- "No additional cost to state or local government."
Path to the ballot
The California State Legislature voted to put Proposition 48 on the ballot via Assembly Constitutional Amendment 15 of the 2001-2002 Regular Session (Resolution Chapter 88, Statutes of 2002).
|Votes in legislature to refer to ballot|
- Official Voter Guide to the November 5 ballot propositions
- Analysis of Proposition 48 by the LAO
- Smart Voter information about Prop 48
- Official declaration of the November 5, 2002 vote
- Top Ten Donors to Proposition 48