Proposition 66

Death Penalty. Procedures. Initiative Statute.

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Changes procedures governing state court challenges to death sentences. Designates superior court for initial petitions and limits successive petitions. Requires appointed attorneys who take noncapital appeals to accept death penalty appeals. Exempts prison officials from existing regulation process for developing execution methods. Fiscal Impact: Unknown ongoing impact on state court costs for processing legal challenges to death sentences. Potential prison savings in the tens of millions of dollars annually.

Proposition 66 and Proposition 62 are competing initiatives on the same topic. If both should receive a majority of the vote, the initiative receiving the most votes would prevail.

Semi-Official Election Results:

Yes votes: 4,197,708 [50.9%]

No votes: 4,044,864 [49.1%]


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