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Pseudo-reforms of the ballot initiative process

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Pseudo-reforms of the ballot initiative process are changes to laws governing the initiative process that make it harder for ballot initiatives to qualify for the ballot, without an off-setting reason that supports the public's interest in a clean, fair process.


Jill Stewart, a reporter at LA Weekly, referred to California Senate Bill 24 (2009) as "a blatant effort by legislators, working on behalf of huge special interests including Big Pharma, Big Labor and Big Business, to stop environmental groups, anti-tax groups and others from gathering the 450,000 to 700,000 signatures required to place an initiative, referendum or recall on the statewide ballot." Stewart also used the phrase "Under the false guise of 'reform'" to describe SB 24.[1]