California Proposition 2, Role of Lieutenant Governor as President of State Senate (June 1982)

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California Proposition 2 was on the June 8, 1982 statewide primary ballot in California as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was defeated.

Proposition 2, if it had been approved, would have deleted from the California Constitution the provision that says that the Lieutenant Governor of California is to be designated as the President of the California State Senate. Since the President of the State Senate has the power to cast a vote in the state senate in the event of a tie, denying the position of president to the Lieutenant Governor would have meant that the Lieutenant Governor would no longer have the authority to preside over the Senate or to resolve tie votes.

Election results

Proposition 2
Defeatedd No3,038,33863.8%
Yes 1,723,467 36.2%

Constitutional changes

California Constitution

Proposition 2, if it had been approved, would have amended Section 9 of Article V of the California Constitution as follows, with new text in italics and deleted text stricken out.

SEC. 9. The Lieutenant Governor shall have the same qualifications as the Governor. The Lieutenant Governor is President of the Senate but has only a casting vote.

Ballot summary

Proposition 2's official ballot summary said:

"Repeals constitutional provision that Lieutenant Governor is President of Senate. Summary of Legislative Analyst's estimate of net state and local government fiscal impact: No direct state or local fiscal impact."

Fiscal impact

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

"This measure has no direct state or local fiscal impact."

Path to the ballot

See also: Amending the California Constitution

The California State Legislature voted to put Proposition 2 on the ballot via Senate Constitutional Amendment 33 (Statutes of 1980, Resolution Chapter 94).

Votes in legislature to refer to ballot
Chamber Ayes Noes
Assembly 56 23
Senate 27 12

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