California No Special Benefits for Incumbents, Officials or Candidates Initiative (2012)

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A California No Special Benefits for Incumbents, Officials or Candidates Initiative (11-0029) was approved for circulation in California with a circulation deadline of March 8, 2012. However, its sponsors did not submit petition signatures to election officials by the deadline.

To earn a spot on the state's 2012 ballot, sponsors of the initiative would have had to collect 504,760 signatures.

If the initiative had qualified for the ballot and the state's voters had approved it, it would have:

  • Prohibited candidates for office, government officials, and government advisors from "giving themselves exemptions from legislation they pass or policy decisions they make, and from giving themselves special benefits by legislation or policy decision."
  • Applied retroactively to all legislation not enacted by majority popular vote.
  • Created a new state agency that would "monitor proposed laws and policies for compliance and to enforce penalties, including imprisonment, fines, forfeiture, and ineligibility for public office."

Text of measure

See also: Ballot titles, summaries and fiscal statements for California's 2012 ballot propositions

Ballot title:

State and Local Legislation and Policies. Initiative Statute.

Official summary:

"Prohibits candidates for office, government officials, and government advisors from giving themselves exemptions from legislation they pass or policy decisions they make, and from giving themselves special benefits by legislation or policy decision. Applies retroactively to all legislation not enacted by majority popular vote. Creates new state agency to monitor proposed laws and policies for compliance and to enforce penalties, including imprisonment, fines, forfeiture, and ineligibility for public office."

Summary of estimated fiscal impact:

See also: Fiscal impact statements for California's 2012 ballot propositions

(This is a summary of the initiative's estimated "fiscal impact on state and local government" prepared by the California Legislative Analyst's Office and the Director of Finance.)

"Increased state or local government costs to administer a new oversight agency, potentially in the tens of millions of dollars annually."

Path to the ballot

See also: California signature requirements

External links


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