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11th Edition, November 2004 General Election

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Proposition 69: DNA Samples. Collection. Database. Funding. Initiative Statute. Passed

Official Summary

Requires collection of DNA samples from all felons, and from adults and juveniles arrested for or charged with specific crimes, and submission to state DNA database; and, in five years, from adults arrested for or charged with any felony. Authorizes local law enforcement laboratories to perform analyses for state database and maintain local database. Specifies procedures for confidentiality and removing samples from databases. Imposes additional monetary penalty upon certain fines/forfeitures to fund program. Designates California Department of Justice to implement program, subject to available moneys: Authorizes $7,000,000 loan from Legislature for implementation.

Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local governments: This measure would result in the following direct fiscal effects: Unknown annual state costs potentially over $10 million initially, increasing to a couple tens of millions of dollars when fully implemented to collect, analyze, and store increased DNA samples. These costs would be partially offset by increased criminal penalty revenues. Unknown annual local costs potentially several million dollars initially, increasing to over $10 million when fully implemented to collect DNA samples. These costs could be offset by increased criminal penalty revenues. Full Text of Proposition (PDF)

Campaign Web Sites and Contact Information

Who Signed the Ballot Arguments

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Follow the Money

Supporters of Proposition 69 have raised approximately $2 million as of October 16, 2004. The largest contributor as of October 31st, accounting for over 90 percent of the campaign contributions, is the initiative's sponsor, Bruce Harrington (President of Eli Development Corporation, Newport Beach, CA). Other contributors include Governor Schwarzenegger's California Recovery Team, Dr. Douglas Harrington (Newport Beach), Jeffrey O. Henley (Chairman of the Board of the Oracle Corporation), and the Peace Officers Research Association of California PAC.

There are no committees formed to oppose Proposition 69.

Detailed information about all contributors for and against Prop 69 is available through Cal-Access, the Secretary of State's campaign finance website.

For More Information, CVF Recommends...

The California Secretary of State publishes the Official Voter Information Guide with both a Quick Summary and Detailed Information about Proposition 69.

Other good nonpartisan resources include the League of Women Voters' Pro/Con Analysis and In-Depth Analysis of Proposition 69, the California Journal, the McGeorge School of Law California Initiative Review and the Easy Voter Guide.

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