California Proposition 157, Sunset on the Collection of Tolls (1992)
Proposition 157 would have amended Section 7, Article XX of the California Constitution to ban the collection of tolls on road or highways owned by the state and leased to a private entity after tolls had been collected for 35 years or upon expiration of the lease (whichever occurs first). These bans could have been suspended by a two-thirds vote of the California State Legislature.
The fiscal estimate provided by the California Legislative Analyst's Office said:
- The ban on tolls means the state would have to use money from other sources, such as state gas tax revenues, to pay for maintenance, operation, and law enforcement of toll highways when the state assumes control of them. The potential loss of toll revenue could be in the tens of millions of dollars annually. Assuming the first of the four toll highways is open for public use in 1995, this effect would occur in 2030 at the earliest.
Path to the ballot
The California State Legislature voted to put Proposition 157 on the ballot in Senate Constitutional Amendment 27 (Statutes of 1992, Resolution Chapter 6).
- November 3, 1992 Official Voter Guide
- Hastings California I&R database
- Los Angeles Law Library, 1992 ballot propositions