Part-Time Legislature Initiative Approved for Signature Gathering

 

A proposed ballot initiative to reduce California’s Legislature to part-time was approved for signature gathering by the California Secretary of State’s office this past Monday.

The proposed initiative is supported by current Assemblywoman Shannon Grove (R-Bakersfield) and Ted Costa of the People’s Advocate.  The measure calls for the nation's most populous state to meet three months per year – and for lawmakers' pay to be cut from $7,940 per month to $1,500 per month – or $18,000 annually.  The initiative also would require legislators to adopt a balanced, two-year budget by June 15 of each odd-numbered year – and to forfeit salary and per diem for each day it is late.  Lawmakers would be barred from accepting state employment or appointment to a state post while serving in the Capitol or for five years afterward.

A Democratic political strategist and a former Democratic assemblyman will help lead opposition to a proposed ballot initiative that would reduce California's Legislature to part-time.  Political consultant Steve Maviglio, former spokesman for Assembly Speaker Fabian Núñez, said today that he has joined forces with Burbank attorney Dario Frommer, a former Assembly majority leader.  Fundraising has not yet begun, Maviglio said.

Proponents of the proposal will begin collecting the 807,615 valid voter signatures needed to qualify for the November ballot.