Resolving the Ruckus

Proposition 69

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Motor vehicle fees and taxes: restriction on expenditures: appropriations limit

initiative constitutional amendment


Official Summary

Requires that certain revenues generated by a 2017 transportation funding law be used only for transportation purposes and generally prohibits Legislature from diverting funds to other purposes. Fiscal Impact: No direct effect on the amount of state and local revenues or costs but could affect how some monies are spent.


Bottom line: Currently legislators allocate funds from increased gas taxes and auto registration fees to transportation projects. But they aren't required to do so by law. This is the law that would require it.

  • This is related to SB1, passed in April 2017 which increased gas taxes and auto registration fees. The legislature chose to dedicate all these revenues to transportation, but the State Constitution does not require it. This proposition would formalize the requirement to spend the revenue on transportation.

  • These revenues will not be counted in state and local spending limits.

  • Funds would be deposited into the Public Transportation Account quarterly.

  • Funds could not be used to pay principal or interest on bonds, unless the bond act specifically authorizes it.