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California Elimination of the High-Speed Rail Authority (2012)

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A California Elimination of the High-Speed Rail Authority Initiative (#11-0084) has been approved for circulation in California as an initiated constitutional amendment. To earn a spot on the state's 2012 ballot, sponsors of the initiative must collect 807,615 signatures.

If the initiative qualifies for the ballot and the state's voters approve it, it will:

  • Eliminate the California High Speed Rail Authority.
  • Bar the State of California from paying for high speed rail unless the people pass a new constitutional amendment that would specifically authorize the state to pay for high speed rail.

Peter Seidel, the initiative's sponsor, refers to the measure as the "No Train Please Act". It is a response to the financial woes of 2008's Proposition 1A, the High-Speed Rail Act.

Ballot language

See also: Ballot titles, summaries and fiscal statements for California's 2012 ballot propositions

Ballot title:

Elimination of California High Speed Rail Authority. Initiative Constitutional Amendment.

Official summary:

"Eliminates High Speed Rail Authority. Bars the State of California from paying for high speed rail unless the people pass a new constitutional amendment specifically altering this prohibition."

Fiscal impact estimate:

"State debt service savings of up to $650 million annually from not using state bond funds to support highspeed rail. A one-time loss of $3.3 billion in federal funds would reduce somewhat the level of economic activity in the state over the next several years, resulting in some reduction in state and local revenues."

Path to the ballot

See also: California signature requirements
  • Peter Seidel submitted a letter requesting a ballot title on November 23, 2011.
  • The ballot title and ballot summary were issued by the Attorney General of California's office on January 23, 2012.
  • The 150-day circulation deadline for #11-0084 is June 21, 2012.
  • 807,615 valid signatures are required for qualification purposes.
  • To qualify for the November 6, 2012 ballot, signatures must be submitted earlier than the initiative's 150-day deadline. If the number of signatures submitted is such that the full-check verification method must be deployed, the signatures would have had to be turned in by March 2, 2012. For the random sampling method, signatures would have to be submitted by late April.

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