Initiative process under review

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, Nov. 13, 2009 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

The Senate and Assembly Select Committees on Improving State Government met on Thursday, November 12th, in Oakland for the second of a series of hearings to address reform in the state’s governing structure. 

The hearing focused on the initiative process, weighing the current state of California’s system against those of peer states, the prevalence of “ballot box budgeting” and identifying potential reforms that may be necessary to the process. Some reforms include calls for legislative oversight of citizen led initiatives, requirements to identify funding sources for initiatives that have costs associated with them, periodic analysis and review of passed initiatives and a host of other options aimed at reforming California’s initiative process.

The committee’s next hearing, tentatively set for December 8th in Los Angeles, is expected to focus on legislative oversight of the regulatory process and general regulatory reform, as well as more discussion on efforts to reform the budget process. CMTA is expected to provide panel commentary related to the need for more legislative oversight, economic analysis and review of regulatory actions. 
 

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