Initiative to give California legislators more time in office coming up short on signatures

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June 16, 2010

SACRAMENTO, California: California ballot watchers were surprised on June 16 by an announcement from the backers of the California Term Limits Initiative (2010) that they have likely fallen short of the number of signatures required to qualify for the November 2 ballot.[1]

Debra Bowen, California's Secretary of State had earlier announced that validity rates from the state's 58 counties were such that she was ordering a full verification of signatures on the petitions submitted by proponents.[2] The full verification procedure takes at least 30 days, which means that a final determination will not be made on whether enough signatures were turned in until after the state's June 24 deadline for determining what will be on the November ballot.

The measure, which will allow state legislators to stay in office for more years than they are allowed under Proposition 140, can still qualify for a future year's ballot, if the full-check procedure says that supporters turned in sufficient signatures.

694,354 valid signatures are required for qualification. Supporters of the term limits-modification plan include the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor and the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce. They paid about $1.4 million for signatures on the measure.

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