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California’s Democratic legislative majority is anything but lazy. On July 3, when most politicians had long-since left their posts to begin vacationing, California legislators kept their collective nose to the grindstone, busy trying to grind down the right of citizens to petition their government.

Again.

Last year, California’s initiative process withstood multiple attacks. One would have required petitioners to wear signs on their chest stating whether or not they were paid. Another would have outlawed paying petitioners per signature.

Nary a Republican voted for these bills; thankfully, Governor Jerry Brown, a Democrat, vetoed both. He suggested government shouldn’t force citizens to wear signs on their chests and noted, “It doesn’t seem very practical to me to create a system that makes productivity goals a crime.”

Undeterred, the Assembly Elections Committee passed ACA 10, which would require constitutional amendment initiatives to qualify by running petition drives in 27 state senate districts. This, on top of the current requirement to gather more than a million voter signatures statewide,

Well-heeled interests would be able to afford the higher costs. Grassroots groups? Not so much.

Further, ACA 10 mandates that constitutional amendments proposed by citizens through the initiative must garner a supermajority of 55 percent to pass. This would allow big spending-unions or wealthy individuals or big corporations to defeat reform measures even when a majority of voters favor the measure.

Legislators claim the constitution should not be changed by a slim majority. Yet, ACA 10 doesn’t increase the simple majority currently required when it comes to amendments that legislators propose.

Legislators are working overtime to get those pesky citizen reformers out of their way.

This is Common Sense. I’m Paul Jacob.

By: Redactor

2 Comments

  1. Rob says:

    California’s government is one of the major reasons there has been an exodus from the state. The state of Arizona has been a recipient of expat Californians for business and political reasons and recent events show that it may be Arizonia’s gain.

    There is a new initiative circulating in Arizonia that may begin a sea change in the partisan politics of today.

    http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/local/articles/2012/07/05/20120705montini-political-initiative-sweet-smelling.html

    Let’s wish them well.

  2. Jim says:

    Things will not change for liberty until the 17th amendment to the US constitution is repealed. The 17th amendment took away states rights and individual liberty. The members of the legislature are many. They are distributed & dwell among the people at large. Their connection of blood,of acquaintance embrace a great portion of the most influential part of society, they are more immediately the confidential quardians of individual citzens rights & liberties. The people have more access to a state legislator than the US senator.

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