For Immediate Release
November 30, 2018
SOS Press Office
Proposed Initiative Enters Circulation
Removes Responsibility And Funding For State Highway Construction And Maintenance From State. Transfers Such Responsibility And Funding To Individual Local Governments. Ends State High-Speed Rail Project. Constitutional Amendment.
SACRAMENTO – Secretary of State Alex Padilla announced the proponent of a new initiative was cleared to begin collecting petition signatures yesterday.
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:
REMOVES RESPONSIBILITY AND FUNDING FOR STATE HIGHWAY CONSTRUCTION AND MAINTENANCE FROM STATE. TRANSFERS SUCH RESPONSIBILITY AND FUNDING TO INDIVIDUAL LOCAL GOVERNMENTS. ENDS STATE HIGH-SPEED RAIL PROJECT. CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT. Shifts responsibility for constructing and maintaining state highways from the state to local governments. Allocates revenues from state motor vehicle fuel taxes to local governments for road construction and repair by private, non-governmental entities. Allocates revenues from state taxes and fees on vehicles to local governments for road construction and repairs, and mass transit. Terminates funding for state’s high-speed rail project. Requires State Auditor to audit certain transportation projects and Department of Motor Vehicles. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local governments: A shift of roughly $10 billion in outgoing state revenues from state and local nontransportation programs to local transportation programs. Increased ongoing state spending of several billions annually to backfill certain programs affected by this shift. Also, roughly $12 billion in existing ongoing state revenues for transportation would be provided to local governments. A shift of up to hundreds of millions of dollars ongoing from certain state and local programs to the enforcement of traffic and vehicle laws. Potential increased ongoing spending by the state and local governments to backfill programs affected by this shift. Reduced state expenditures on the high-speed rail project in the tens of billions of dollars from stopping the project. (18-0010)
The Secretary of State’s tracking number for this measure is 1860 and the Attorney General's tracking number is 18-0010.
The proponent of the measure, Carl DeMaio, must collect 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 May 28, 2019. The proponent can be reached at (619) 786-8019 or firstname.lastname@example.org.