Legislature approves move of initiatives to November only

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, Sept. 23, 2011 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

A last-minute proposal to limit initiatives and referendums to the November general election ballot is in the hands of Governor Jerry Brown. SB 202 (Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley) would shift any future ballot measures that qualify for next June to November 2012. The bill cleared both houses as the Legislature prepared to adjourn for the year, passing the Senate by a vote of 23-15 in the early hours of Saturday morning.   The measure's language was introduced Friday -- the final scheduled day of session -- as an amendment to an existing bill.

The bill would not affect two initiatives related to term limits and tobacco taxes that have already qualified for June 2012. It would however bump a rainy day fund measure approved as part of the 2010 budget – ACA 4 (Mike Gatto, D-Burbank) – from the next primary ballot to November 2014.

Republicans blasted the bill as an eleventh-hour effort by Democrats to aid their labor union allies, whose political efforts typically benefit from higher voter turnout in the blue state. They also complained that the majority Democrats were going back on an earlier budget agreement to put ACA 4 in front of voters in 2012.

To see CMTA’s coalition letter urging the Governor’s veto, click here:  www.cmta.net/legwatch.php

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