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State of California October 7, 2003 Election
Proposition 54
Classification by Race, Ethnicity, Color, or National Origin

Initiative Constitutional Amendment

3,066,254 / 36.1% Yes votes ...... 5,417,660 / 63.9% No votes

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Should state and local governments be prohibited from classifying any person by race, ethnicity, color, or national origin? Various exemptions apply.

Summary Prepared by the State Attorney General:
Amends Constitution to prohibit state and local governments from using race, ethnicity, color, or national origin to classify current or prospective students, contractors or employees in public educationk,contracting, or employment operations. Does not prohibit classification by sex.

Prohibition also covers persons subject to other operations of government unless Legislature finds compelling state interest, authorizes by two-thirds of each house, and Governor approves.

"Classifying" defined as separating, sorting, or organizing persons of personal data. Exemptions include: law enforcement descriptions, prisoner and undercover assignments; actions taken to maintain federal funding.

Fiscal Impact from the Legislative Analyst:
The measure would not result in a significant fiscal impact on state and local governments.

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