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Initiative to reduce the Legislature to part time gaining steam

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Citizens for California Reform have been collecting signatures for nearly a month to get the initiative, called The Citizen Legislature Act, on the November 2010 ballot.

“We haven’t done an original count, but it’s looking really good,” Holt said.  There’s a lot of interest.”– Proponent Gabriella Holt,  Citizens for California Reform

“While we understand that many Californians are frustrated with their government, turning back the clock and making the Legislature part time will make matters worse.” –  Opponent John Laird,, Californians For An Effective Legislature

Group wants California legislators to be part timep wants California legislators to be part time

iePolitics/SB Sun Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer,  San Bernardino – A projected $21 billion deficit over the next 18 months and failure to prepare the budget on time have caused some to contend it is time for the California Legislature to be demoted.

An initiative to reduce the Legislature to part time – meeting no more than 95 days out of the year – has been gaining much attention.

Citizens for California Reform have been collecting signatures for nearly a month to get the initiative, called The Citizen Legislature Act, on the November 2010 ballot.

“We’re a very, very different state, and I think ideally you want to try to get in representatives who are truly representatives of the area they represent and that they’re accessible to their constituents – that they can be a trusted citizen Legislature that lives and works under the rules they make,” said Gabriella Holt, president of Citizens for California Reform.

The signatures of nearly 700,000 registered voters must be obtained by March.

To avoid the 30 percent failure rate that plagues the petitioning process, Holt said the group set a target of 1million signatures.

On Thursday, 1,400 signatures were collected during a KFI radio broadcast of “The John and Ken Show” at the Ayres Hotel in Anaheim.

The total number of signatures collected so far has yet to be determined, Holt said.

“We haven’t done an original count, but it’s looking really good,” Holt said. “There’s a lot of interest.”

The group Californians for an Effective Legislature filed paperwork with the California secretary of state in opposition to The Citizen Legislature Act.

The group is led by Democrats John Laird, a member of the California Integrated Waste Management Board; and Dario Frommer, a former Assembly majority leader; and Republican Bob Naylor, a former Assembly Republican leader and chairman of the California Republican Party.

“While we understand that many Californians are frustrated with their government, turning back the clock and making the Legislature part time will make matters worse,” Laird said in a Californians For An Effective Legislature news release. “The seventh-largest economy in the world with a $131billion budget needs committed legislators, not amateurs who will have only 90 days a year on the job before they make decisions affecting millions of Californians.”

California voters passed Proposition 1A in 1966 to expand the Legislature to full time. Now, California is one of only seven states to have a full-time legislature.

Assemblyman Kevin Jeffries, R-Lake Elsinore, introduced legislation in June that includes an amendment to the state’s Constitution to reduce the Legislature to part time.

The legislation also includes other ways to cut and reform state government.

Although the petition is a separate effort from Jeffries’ legislation, he said he agrees on the concept of changing the way the government is working.

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Branson Hunter

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1 Comment

  1. fred fred says:

    hear, hear
    I am all for this one, maybe if these jackasses had to actually work for a living they might understand how the common man lives. We need to do this with the fed also. These idiots think they have to justify their time by constantly coming up with new laws.
    Same thing happened when 24 hour news started, then they had to have news all the time not just at six and 11:00. Everything became news and sensationalized to boot.
    Another thing these damn politicians need to do is pay into Social Security and a real retirement plan not the pay for life crap they have now, if that happened all of the problems we have now would disappear quickly

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