Taxpayers Right to Vote Act filed in California
SACRAMENTO, California: On May 28, the Sacramento law firm Nielsen, Merksamer, Parrinello, Mueller & Naylor submitted ballot language to the California Attorney General for a possible June 2010 ballot proposition dubbed the California Taxpayers Right to Vote Act (2010).
The Nielsen, Merksamer law firm has often worked with Pacific Gas & Electric on ballot initiatives and as a result, some observers believe that PG&E is behind this effort.
The Taxpayers Right to Vote Act would require a two-thirds majority vote of local voters before a local government could:
- Establish a Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) program
- Use public funding to implement a plan to become a CCA provider
- Expand electric service to new territory or new customers.
The CCA program, established in 2002, allows local governments to purchase blocks of power to sell to residents, which means that cities and counties can become competitors to private utilities.
The Sacramento public relations firm Larsen Cazanis is the designated representative of the initiative in its early stages. Greg Larsen of Larsen Cazanis told the press, "it's unclear how much of a campaign it's going to be. It's a long way off."