"Fresh Start" for Term Limits Submits More than 1,050,000 Signatures in Bid to Qualify Ballot Initiative

April 22, 2010 8:00 am

LOS ANGELES, CA – Hailing it as the first-ever term limits reform initiative that does not benefit current or former legislators, Californians for a Fresh Start co-chairs Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce President Gary Toebben and Los Angeles County Federation of Labor/AFL-CIO Executive Secretary/Treasurer Maria Elena Durazo today issued the following joint statement regarding the campaign committee’s submission of more than 1,050,000 signatures representing voters from all 58 California counties.

Joining the Committee co-chairs in endorsing the term limits initiative is California Common Cause. The Committee hopes to qualify the reform initiative for the November 2010 ballot.

“This reform does exactly what is says it will do. It will reduce the time a politician can spend in the State Legislature from 14 to 12 years. This time can be served entirely in the Assembly, the Senate, or a combination of the two.

“No sitting or former legislator, or anyone on the ballot this year, will benefit from this change.

“There are no gimmicks, no hidden agendas and no exceptions. This reform is being placed on the ballot by California voters, not politicians. It is a fresh start that builds on the intent of the original term limits law.

“Californians know our current system has created a merry-go-round of politicians looking ahead to the next office instead of focusing on the state’s complex issues. By reforming term limits, we will get a fresh start with lawmakers who will gain independence from lobbyists, develop expertise and be accountable to the people who elect them.”

Californians for a Fresh Start

About the Initiative
The initiative filed by Californians for a Fresh Start reduces a legislator’s time in office from 14 to 12 years. Under this reform, this time can be served entirely in the State Assembly, the State Senate, or a combination of both houses. This measure does not benefit any current or former legislator in office now or on the ballot this year. Californians for a Fresh Start is building a broad-based coalition of local organizations and associations to support this measure.

To qualify this initiative, a state constitutional amendment, for the November 2010 ballot, the Committee must turn in 694,354 valid signatures. Using a random sample process, County Registrars have until late June to count and verify petition signatures, and report the results to the Secretary of State. If the number of valid signatures is met, the initiative will qualify for the November 2010 ballot.

The initiative text can be found here.  See #1394.


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