2009 California Proposition 1B

Proposition 1B was a defeated California ballot proposition that appeared on the May 19, 2009 special election ballot. The measure was legislatively referred to the ballot by the State Legislature. If passed it would have secured additional funding for primary education. Additionally, Proposition 1B would have only passed if Proposition 1A passed as well.


In February 2009 the State Legislature narrowly passed the 2008–2009 state budget during a special session, months after it was due. As part of the plan to lower the state's annual deficits, the State Legislature ordered a special election with various budget reform ballot propositions, among them Proposition 1B.[1]

The proposition was part of Assembly Constitutional Amendment 2 (Third Extraordinary Session), which was authored by Speaker of the State Assembly Karen Bass, a Democrat from Los Angeles.[2] The amendment passed in the State Assembly by a vote of 68 to 11 and in the State Senate by a vote of 28 to 10.[2]


Proposition 1B would have mandated supplemental payments of $9.3 billion to schools and community colleges. This figure was the difference between the amount actually appropriated in recent budgets, and the amount that, under some interpretations of Proposition 98, should have been spent. If approved by a popular vote majority, the measure would only have been enacted if Proposition 1A had also been approved.[1]


Electoral results by county
Proposition 1B[3]
Choice Votes %
Referendum failed No 2,975,560 61.86
Yes 1,834,242 38.14
Valid votes 4,809,802 98.72
Invalid or blank votes 62,143 1.28
Total votes 4,871,945 100.00
Registered voters and turnout 17,153,012 28.40


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