Joe Mathews wants four changes to California's initiative system

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October 20, 2009

LOS ANGELES, California: Joe Mathews, an Irvine senior fellow at the New America Foundation and author of Blockbuster Democracy has argued in a column published in the Los Angeles Times that "California's system is deeply flawed."[1]

He recommends four changes:

  • "Make initiatives subject to the same rules as legislation."[1]
  • "Extend the same flexibility to constitutional revisions as constitutional amendments."
  • Permit the Legislature more involvement with the initiative process.
  • Make it easier for voters to overturn the Legislature through a more referendum-based direct democracy.[1]

See also

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* Criticisms of California's ballot initiative process