Trigger clause (ballot measures)
For example, a measure may apply differently to different counties based on the approval or disapproval of the measure in those counties. (This particular type of clause is banned in California.) Also, a measure might specify alternative provisions if some of its provision are challenged or overturned by the courts. For example, a local pension reform measure in California included a clause that would have frozen municipal wages for five years if the measure was challenged in court. That clause was struck down by a state judge.
Although trigger clauses can be used for benign purposes, they can also be used to threaten residents considering legal or electoral action against a measure by imposing additional costs on unsuccessful opponents.
- San Francisco Pension Reform, Proposition B (November 2010)
- Subject restrictions
- Poison pill (ballot measures)