Initiative sponsors set to file signatures in California

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May 3, 2010

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SACRAMENTO, California: In the waning days of the time available to qualify an initiative for the November 2, 2010 ballot in California, initiative sponsors will be filing signatures the week of May 3.

Four other groups have already filed, and two propositions are already qualified.

Signatures have been filed and are pending verification for these propositions:

Type Title Subject Description Random sample deadline
CICA Congressional Redistricting Elections Congressional district lines to be re-drawn by a committee May 25
CICA Term Limits Term limits Reduce total number of years a state legistor can serve from 14 to 12
CISS Funding for State Parks Taxes Increase vehicle license fees by $18 a year to fund state parks June 11
CICA State Gov't Can't Take Local Funds State spending State government prohibited from taking designated types of local funds

Every prospective initiative that has a chance of making it on the November ballot has significant financial backing. John Matsusaka, president of the Initiative & Referendum Institute, has studied the I&R process since 1991, and he says that the number of signatures required to qualify for the California ballot go well beyond the capacity of volunteer, grassroots organizations: "Nobody ever gets that many signatures with volunteers. I can't recall an initiative ever getting on the ballot in California with volunteers."[2]

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