California Grassroots Initiative Reform Act (2010)
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On September 20, 2009, Aaron Starr filed a request with the Office of the California Attorney General for an official ballot title on an act that he was calling the "Grassroots Initiative Reform Act." A revised request was submitted in October.
The goal of the proposed act was to amend the California Constitution in ways that would have re-structured the laws governing the initiative process in California.
If this measure had succeeded, it would have:
- Allowed the California Legislative Analyst's Office to assist initiative proponents with drafting the language of proposed propositions.
- Required additional campaign finance reporting.
- Increased the number of days allowed for collecting signatures from 150 days to 365 days.
- Made it easier to challenge laws passed by the California State Legislature through the veto referendum process.
- Required that laws that are the subject of a veto referendum signature-gathering process be stayed.
- Simplified the state's petition form.
- Made petitions available online.
- Required initiative sponsors to report their signature counts on an ongoing basis to the government.
Text of measure
The Attorney General issued the following title, summary and statement of estimated fiscal impact for Initiative 09-0038:
Changes Laws Governing Ballot Measures. Initiative Constitutional Amendment.
Changes the process which governs how initiative and referendum measures qualify for placement on the ballot. Requires the State to provide legal services to help proponents draft ballot measures. Requires proponents of measures to disclose the identity of large financial donors. Allows proponents of measures more time to gather voter signatures necessary to qualify measures for placement on the ballot. Permits urgency and tax levy statutes passed by Legislature to be challenged by voter referendum. Prohibits Legislature from amending or repealing laws passed by voter referendum.
Estimated fiscal impact
Unknown effects on state and local finances, subject to future decisions by voters, the Legislature, and the Governor, if the measure results in more initiative and referendum measures qualifying for the statewide ballot. Higher state costs potentially totaling in the millions of dollars per year to meet the measure’s requirements. The measure also could result in increased petition filing fees paid to the state and possible county government savings.
- Letter to Attorney General requesting ballot title (09-0038, Amdt 2s)