California Proposition 105, Disclosures to Consumers, Voters and Investors (1988)

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California Proposition 105 was on the November 8, 1988 statewide ballot in California as an initiated state statute where it was approved.
  • Yes: 4,864,674 (54.5%) Approveda
  • No: 4,046,654 (45.5%)

Proposition 105 requires the disclosure of specific types of information about:

  • Household toxic products.
  • Seniors' health insurance
  • Nursing homes
  • Donors to statewide ballot measures.
  • Corporations that sell stock in California.

Ballot summary

The official ballot summary said, "Measure requires, as specified, the following disclosures: (1) advertisers' warnings regarding disposal of toxic household products with exceptions; (2) notices regarding coverage limits and insurance offeror's identity on insurance policies to supplement Medicare; (3) disclosures in nursing home contracts and advertisements regarding access to State Ombudsman and facility violation information; (4) disclosures by initiative and referendum campaign committees as to contributors; and (5) disclosures by corporations selling stocks in state whether or not they are doing business in South Africa or with any person or group located there."

Fiscal impact

The fiscal estimate provided by the California Legislative Analyst's Office said, "The adoption of this measure would result in costs to various state agencies to operate toll-free telephone lines, develop regulations, and keep records. The net annual costs could be up to $550,000 when the measure is fully implemented. These costs would be partially offset by unknown revenues from fines charged to people or companies who violate the disclosure requirements."


Lawsuits relating to Proposition 105 include:

  • Chemical Specialities Mfrs. Assn. v. Deukmejan. 227 Cal. App. 3d 663, 278 Cal. Rptr. 128 (1991).
  • San Mateo County Coastal Landowners' Assn. v. County of San Mateo. 38 Cal. App. 4th 523, 45 Cal. Rptr. 2d 117 (1995).

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