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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 4, 2017
SOS Press Office
SACRAMENTO – Secretary of State Alex Padilla announced the proponent of a new initiative was cleared to begin collecting petition signatures today.
The Attorney General prepares the legal title and summary that is required to appear on initiative petitions. When the official language is complete, the Attorney General forwards it to the proponent and to the Secretary of State, and the initiative may be circulated for signatures. The Secretary of State then provides calendar deadlines to the proponent and to county elections officials. The Attorney General’s official title and summary for the measure is as follows:
REQUIRES THAT PROCEEDS OF BONDS OR TAXES APPROVED BY THE VOTERS BE SPENT ON THE SPECIFIC PROJECTS OR USES APPROVED BY THE VOTERS. INITIATIVE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT. Prohibits state and local governments and special districts from spending proceeds of bonds or taxes approved by the voters for any purposes other than those provided in the measure authorizing those bonds or taxes. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Potentially less state and local fiscal flexibility over the use of bond proceeds and tax revenue, depending upon future decisions made by elected officials, the courts, and the voters. (17-0034.)
The Secretary of State’s tracking number for this measure is 1831 and the Attorney General’s tracking number is 17-0034.
The proponent of the measure, Michael S. Warda, must collect the signatures of 585,407 registered voters (eight percent of the total votes cast for Governor in the November 2014 general election) in order to qualify it for the ballot. The proponent has 180 days to circulate petitions for the measure, meaning the signatures must be submitted to county elections officials no later than June 4, 2018. The proponent can be reached c/o Dave Gilliard or Natalie Blanning at (916) 626-6804 or firstname.lastname@example.org.