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January 6, 2014

Contact: Nicole Winger
(916) 653-6575

Term Limits Initiative Enters Circulation

Term Limits for County Assessors, District
Attorneys, and Sheriffs. Initiative Constitutional Amendment.

SACRAMENTO - Secretary of State Debra Bowen today announced the proponent of a new initiative may begin collecting petition signatures.

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:

TERM LIMITS FOR COUNTY ASSESSORS, DISTRICT ATTORNEYS, AND SHERIFFS. INITIATIVE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT. Establishes four-year terms of office for county assessors, district attorneys, and sheriffs. For charter counties, bars these officers from serving more than three consecutive terms. For general law counties, limits these officers to three terms total. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: No direct fiscal effect on state or local governments. (13-0044.)

The Secretary of State's tracking number for this measure is 1629 and the Attorney General's tracking number is 13-0044.

The proponent for the measure, Brilliant Manyere, must collect signatures of 807,615 registered voters – the number equal to eight percent of the total votes cast for governor in the 2010 gubernatorial election – in order to qualify it for the ballot. The proponent has 150 days to circulate petitions for the measures, meaning the signatures must be collected by June 5, 2014.

The proponent can be reached at (310) 764-5156.

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