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California Proposition 19, Punishment for Murder of Police Officers (2000)

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California Proposition 19 was on the March 7, 2000 ballot in California as a legislatively-referred state statute, where it was approved.

The effect of Proposition 19 was to require longer prison sentences for offenders convicted of the second degree murder of law enforcement personnel working for the California State University system and the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) District.

The new longer-sentencing requirements for those particular types of second degree murder set by Proposition 19 are consistent with the penalties that, at the time Proposition 19 was approved, were already in force for cases involving the murder of other specified peace officers in California. The overall effect, therefore, of Proposition 19 was to add peace officers working the California State University System or BART to the list of peace officers for whom a conviction for their second degree murder would result in a punishment of 25 years to life or, under certain circumstances, life imprisonment without possibility of parole.[1]

Election results

Proposition 19
Approveda Yes 5,126,737 73.6%

Text of measure

Proposition 19 2000.PNG


The ballot title was:

Murder. BART and CSU Peace Officers. Legislative Initiative Amendment.


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

  • Existing law provides that the punishment for the murder in the second degree of specified peace officers is life without the possibility of parole if the crime occurs while the officer is on duty and aggravating factors are present. This measure specifies these enhanced sentence provisions would also apply when the victim is a peace officer employed by the Bay Area Rapid Transit District or the California State University System.

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 19. That estimate was:

  • Unknown, probably minor, additional state costs.

Path to the ballot

Proposition 19 was voted onto the ballot by the California State Legislature via Senate Bill 1690 of the 1997-98 Regular Session (Chapter 760, Statutes of 1998).

Votes in legislature to refer to ballot
Chamber Ayes Noes
Assembly 70 3
Senate 36 0

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