California "Repeal the Dills Act" (2012)

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A California "Repeal the Dills Act" Initiative (#11-0052) was submitted to the Attorney General of California's office as a potential contender for the state's 2012 ballot.

However, its sponsor withdrew the measure from consideration on December 13, 2011, prior to a ballot title or summary being prepared for it.

Victor U. Sanchez submitted the letter requesting a ballot title on October 21. A ballot title and summary were expected by December 15, 2011. Had the documents been issued, sponsors of #11-0052 would have had 150 days to collect 504,760 signatures to qualify the proposed initiative for the November 6, 2012 ballot.

Had the measure proceeded to the ballot and been approved, it would have repealed California's "Dills Act." The Dills Act was passed in 1978, and it is what gave public service unions the right to collective bargaining.[1]

The "Dills Act" was California Senate Bill 839, the "State Employer-Employee Relations Act (SEERA)." It was named after its sponsor, state senator Ralph C. Dills. Dills served for 42 years in the California State Senate, making him the longest-serving state legislator in state history. He earned the nickname "Mr. Collective Bargaining" for his role in passing SB839.[1]

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