Signatures filed for initiative to suspend AB 32
SACRAMENTO, California: In emails to the press on May 3, the campaign behind California Jobs Initiative, the Suspension of AB 32 (2010) said that they had turned in over 800,000 signatures to California election officials to qualify their measure for the November 2, 2010 ballot. 433,971 valid signatures are required.
Louise Bedsworth, a research fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California, predicted in April that total campaign spending on this proposition, if it succeeds in gaining a spot on the November ballot, could top the $154 million record set in 2006 by Proposition 87.
If campaign spending on the initiative does reach that level, it could be because supporters and opponents view the battle over the suspension of AB-32 as symbolic in the larger national debate over global warming. Steven Maviglio, speaking for a group that wants to keep AB-32 intact, said, "...this could be a ground zero for the battle for the future of clean energy."
The attempt to suspend AB 32 joined four other campaigns whose sponsors have submitted signatures and are awaiting word. The Jobs Initiative campaign will hear by June 24 at the latest whether it has qualified.
Signatures filed, awaiting certification in California:
|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|
|CISS||Jobs Act||Environment||Suspend AB 32, the "Global Warming Solutions Act" until unemployment falls below 5.5%|