California Initiative to Eliminate Benefits of Part-Time Local Officials (2012)

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A California No Perks for Part-Time Politicians Initiative (#11-0066) was approved for circulation in California as a contender for the November 6, 2012 ballot.

Its sponsors, however, did not submit any signatures to election officials by the deadline.

If the initiative had qualified for the ballot and been approved by the state's voters, it would have:

  • Prohibited part-time elected or appointed officials of local governments or special districts from receiving pension, retirement, health insurance and other benefits.
  • Limited compensation of part-time local officials to salary, stipend or per diem payment for attending public meetings.
  • Required a local entity's monetary payments to its part-time officials to be posted on the entity's and State Controller's websites.
  • Prohibited any elected part-time local official from receiving monetary payment for service on any governmental body other than the one to which he or she was elected.

Peter Foy, the sponsor of the initiative, called it the "No Perks for Part-Time Politicians Act."

Text of measure

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

Ballot title:

Elimination of Benefits for Part-Time Local Officials. Initiative Constitutional Amendment.

Official summary:

"Prohibits part-time elected or appointed officials of local governments or special districts from receiving pension, retirement, health insurance and other benefits. Limits compensation of part-time local officials to salary, stipend or per diem payment for attending public meetings. Requires a local entity's monetary payments to its part-time officials to be posted on the entity's and State Controller's websites. Prohibits any elected part-time local official from receiving monetary payment for service on any governmental body other than the one to which he or she was elected."

Summary of estimated fiscal impact:

See also: Fiscal impact statements for California's 2012 ballot propositions

(This is a summary of the initiative's estimated "fiscal impact on state and local government" prepared by the California Legislative Analyst's Office and the Director of Finance.)

"Unknown reductions in local official compensation costs, potentially in the range of tens of millions of dollars annually."

Path to the ballot

See also: California signature requirements

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