Senate of the State of California v. Bill Jones

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Senate of the State of California v. Bill Jones was a decision by the California Supreme Court on December 13, 1999 that struck an initiative off the ballot because it violated the state's single-subject rule.

The case was filed seeking to keep California Proposition 24 (2000) from appearing on the March 7, 2000 ballot. Prop 24 was also known as the "Let the Voters Decide Act of 2000."

Proposition 24 had four provisions:

  • Section 3 reduced legislative compensation and made further increases subject to voter approval.
  • Section 4 reduced travel and living expenses for legislators and provided that further increases were subject to voter approval.
  • Section 5 provided that legislators would forfeit some of their salary and reimbursement for travel and living expenses if the legislature failed to pass the budget bill by the constitutional deadline and that forfeited payments could be paid to legislators retroactively only if approved by the voters.
  • Section 6 transferred control over reapportionment from the legislature to the Supreme Court, limited the factors to be used in reapportionment to essentially objective criteria, and subjected the Supreme Court’s plan to voter approval.

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