California Proposition 69, Required Collection of DNA Samples from Felons (2004)

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California Proposition 69 was on the November 2, 2004 election ballot in California as an initiated state statute, where it was approved.

Proposition 69 requires the collection of DNA samples from all felons, and from adults and juveniles arrested for or charged with specified crimes. The DNA samples must be submitted to the state's DNA database.

The signature-gathering drive to qualify the DNA petition was conducted by Bader & Associates, Inc., a petition management company owned by Tom Bader and Joy Bader.

Election results

Proposition 69
Approveda Yes 7,194,343 62.1%

Text of measure


The ballot title was:

DNA Samples. Collection. Database. Funding. Initiative Statute.


The question on the ballot was:

"Should collection of DNA samples from all felons, and from others arrested for or charged with specified crimes be required with submission to state DNA database? Provides for funding."


Logo of "No on 69" campaign

The summary of the ballot measure prepared by the California Attorney General said:

  • Requires collection of DNA samples from all felons, and from adults and juveniles arrested for or charged with specified crimes, and submission to state DNA database; and, in five years, from adults arrested for or charged with any felony.
  • Authorizes local law enforcement laboratories to perform analyses for state database and maintain local database.
  • Specifies procedures for confidentiality and removing samples from databases.
  • Imposes additional monetary penalty upon certain fines/forfeitures to fund program.
  • Designates California Department of Justice to implement program, subject to available moneys: Authorizes $7,000,000 loan from Legislature for implementation.

Fiscal impact

See also: Fiscal impact statement

The California Legislative Analyst's Office provided an estimate of net state and local government fiscal impact for Proposition 69. That estimate was:

  • Net state costs to collect and analyze DNA samples of potentially several million dollars initially, increasing to nearly $20 million annually when the costs are fully realized in 2009-10.
  • Local costs to collect DNA samples likely more than fully offset by revenues, with the additional revenues available for other DNA-related activities.

Campaign spending

Website banner of "Yes on 69" campaign

Campaign spending on Proposition 69 was lopsided, with only the "Yes on 69" reporting expenditures, although there were at least two "No on 69" websites.

The "Yes on 69" campaign $2,173,923. Larger donors included:

  • Bruce Harrington: $1.98 million
  • California Recovery Team: $123,000[1]

See also

External links

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