California Proposition 3, State Capitol Maintenance Amendment (June 1980)

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California Proposition 3 was on the June 3, 1980 statewide primary ballot in California as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved.

Proposition 3 was known as the State Capitol Maintenance Amendment.

Proposition 3 imposed additional requirements on making alterations or modifications to the historically restored areas of the State Capitol. At the time of the vote on Proposition 3, the State Capitol was undergoing a 5-year alteration and renovation program that began in 1976 and was expected to conclude in 1981. This renovation was expected to cost $63 million. Under the terms of Proposition 3, any future alterations to the State Capitol could only be made using funds that were specifically appropriate for that purpose.

Election results

Proposition 3
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 2,975,344 50.9%
No2,864,72949.1%

Constitutional changes

Proposition 3 added a new section, Section 28, to Article IV of the California Constitution.

SEC. 28. (a) Notwithstanding any other provision of this Constitution, no bill shall take effect as an urgency statute if it authorizes or contains an appropriation for either (1) the alteration or modification of the color, detail, design, structure or fixtures of the historically restored areas of the first, second, and third floors and the exterior of the west wing of the State Capitol from that existing upon the completion of the project of restoration or rehabilitation of the building conducted pursuant to Section 9124 of the Government Code as such section read upon the effective date of this section, or (2) the purchase of furniture of different design to replace that restored, replicated, or designed to conform to the historic period of the historically restored areas specified above, including the legislators' chairs and desks in the Senate and Assembly Chambers.
(b) No expenditures shall be made in payment for any of the purposes described in subdivision (a) of this section unless funds are appropriated expressly for such purposes.
(c) This section shall not apply to appropriations or expenditures for ordinary repair and maintenance of the State Capitol building, fixtures and furniture.

Ballot summary

Summary of Proposition 3 printed in the June 3, 1980 official voter guide

Path to the ballot

The California State Legislature voted to put Proposition 3 on the ballot via Senate Constitutional Amendment 65 (Statutes of 1978, Resolution Chapter 56).

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