October 11, 2011 > Calif. to move all initiatives to November ballots
Calif. to move all initiatives to November ballots
By Judy Lin, Associated Press
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP), Oct 07 - Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill moving all statewide initiatives and referendums to November general election ballots.
In doing so, he also postpones a scheduled vote next June vote on a rainy day fund.
Brown signed SB202 by Democratic Sen. Loni Hancock of Berkeley on Friday. He said it ``restores the original understanding'' that initiatives were to be considered at a general election and involve more people.
While a rainy day fund is ``prudent,'' the governor says the state cannot put money into savings when it can't pay its bills.
The move has drawn complaints from Republican lawmakers who said the bill was a power grab by union interests seeking to delay anti-labor ballot initiatives that could end up on the June ballot, which features the GOP presidential primary.