Initiative sponsors set to file signatures in California
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.
- Sponsors of California Jobs Initiative, the Suspension of AB 32 (2010) said they're filing on Monday, May 3.
- Other initiative sponsors who may submit signatures this week include the sponsors of an effort to lower the percentage of the vote required to pass a local school bond or tax measure, a parental notification before abortion initiative, a plan to end some corporate tax breaks, a measure about hospital taxes, a "Stop Hidden Taxes" proposal and an effort to repeal Proposition 11 (2008).
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|
|Congressional Redistricting||Elections||Congressional district lines to be re-drawn by a committee||May 25|
|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|
|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."