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California Proposition 33, PERS Participation for State Legislators (2000)

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California Proposition 33, also known as the Participation in Public Employees Retirement System Act, was on the November 7, 2000 ballot in California, where it was defeated, with 61.0% of the electorate voting against it.

Proposition 33, had it passed, would have amended the California Constitution to allow members of the state legislature to participate in the state Public Employees Retirement System (PERS).

Proposition 33 was legislatively referred to the ballot by the California State Legislature as a proposed amendment to the California Constitution.

Election results

Proposition 33
Defeatedd No5,973,73661.1%
Yes 3,811,044 38.9%

Constitutional changes

California Constitution

If Proposition 33 had been approved, it would have amended Section 4.5 of Article IV of the California Constitution as follows:

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Text of measure


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The ballot title was:

Legislature. Participation in Public Employees' Retirement System. Legislative Constitutional Amendment.


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

  • Amends Constitution to allow members of the California Legislature the option to participate in the Public Employees’ Retirement System.
  • Allows any person elected or serving in the Legislature on or after November 1, 1990 to participate in any state retirement plan in which a majority of the employees of the State may participate.
  • Only the employer’s share of the contribution necessary for participation in such state retirement plans will be paid by the State.
  • Requires members of the Legislature to continue to participate in the Federal Social Security 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 33. That estimate was:

  • Annual state costs under $1 million to provide retirement benefits to legislators, with these costs replacing other spending from the fixed annual amount provided in support of the Legislature. No net impact on state spending.

Campaign spending

$179,823 was spent to promote the measure. No significant funds were spent to oppose it.

Path to the ballot

Proposition 33 was voted onto the ballot by the California State Legislature via Assembly Constitutional Amendment 12 of the 1999-2000 Regular Session (Resolution Chapter 83, Statutes of 2000).

Votes in legislature to refer to ballot
Chamber Ayes Noes
Assembly 57 12
Senate 27 0

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