California Proposition 95, Fines from Health and Safety Infractions Used for Homeless (1988)

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California Proposition 95 was on the November 8, 1988 statewide ballot in California as an initiated state statute, where it was defeated.

Proposition 95 would have created new penalties in California law for violations of laws that deal with building standards and food preparation. The penalties would have included fines, and the money generated through these fines would have been used to fund services for hungry and homeless Californians.

Election results

Proposition 95
Defeatedd No4,962,40954.82%
Yes 4,090,441 45.18%

Text of measure


The ballot title was:

Hunger and Homelessness Funding. Initiative Statute.


The official summary said:

"Creates public corporation to disburse funds to counties, other political subdivisions of the state, and nonprofit organizations pursuant to countywide plans, to provide emergency and transitional services for hungry and homeless persons, and for low-income housing as specified. Funding to come from new fines for the violation of existing laws and regulations relating to housing and food preparation, and bonds secured by the revenue from these fines. Includes other provisions."

Fiscal impact

See also: Fiscal impact statement

The fiscal estimate provided by the California Legislative Analyst's Office said:

"The fines from the health and safety infractions would pay for the various housing and service programs authorized by this measure. The total amount of these fines is unknown because (1) the measure does not say exactly how much each "ticket" would cost and (2) the measure lets cities and counties decide how many tickets to give out. It is possible that several millions of dollars could be collected each year from these new fines."

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