Assembly passes bill to limit land-use ballot initiatives

By Tim Redmond : 48hills – excerpt Chiu, Ting both vote for measure that raises the threshold for citizen initiatives on development to 55 percent. A bill that would make it harder for local residents to pass ballot measures limiting development has passed the state Assembly with almost no opposition – and so far, with … More Assembly passes bill to limit land-use ballot initiatives

The legislative gut-and-amend season is upon us

By Scott Wilk : signalscv – excerpt Prop 54 will allow an informed public to hold policymakers accountable for their actions and stop the special interests from hijacking the democratic process. …Gut-and-amend is a process whereby bills have their original contents deleted and replaced with language completely unrelated to the original subject matter. On occasion … More The legislative gut-and-amend season is upon us