California Criminal Liability for False Statements in Election Campaigns Act (2010)
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The petition has been cleared for circulation with a deadline of April 29, 2010.
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If this measure succeeds, it will impose a variety of penalties, including criminal penalties, on people who materially misrepresent relevant facts in the course of campaigning for candidates or legislative outcomes.
Ballot title: Criminalizes False Statements About Legislative Acts, Elections, or Government Employees. Initiative Constitutional Amendment.
Official summary: Amends constitution to hold candidates for public office, government officials and employees, and members of the media criminally liable for intentionally making a false statement of "material fact" about legislative acts, elections for public office, or the employment or dismissal of government employees. Imposes on violators a 2 to 10 year prison term, a $10,000 to $500,000 fine, or both, and a lifetime ban on serving as a government official or employee, or member of the media. Permits private citizens to criminally prosecute suspected violators.
Estimated fiscal impact: Unknown increase in state criminal justice costs offset partially or entirely by fines levied against persons convicted under the measure.