Former Reagan economist Art Laffer says the Neighborhood Legislature “makes voters relevant again”

March 9, 2017

Sacramento, CA – Noted former Reagan Economic Policy Advisory Board Member Arthur B. Laffer today praised the Neighborhood Legislature amendment, stating “I really like the idea, it makes voters relevant again.” The measure was drafted by the Neighborhood Legislature committee, a group headed by San Diego area businessman John Cox that has been working on a solution to today’s broken system for more than five years.

Under provisions of the amendment, submitted to the Attorney General last week for “Title and Summary,” each of the current 120 legislative districts would be divided into 100 neighborhoods, each with its own elected representative. Those 100 local representatives would then choose one of their number to go to Sacramento and serve on either the Assembly or Senate “Working Committee,” which will function much the same as in the current legislature.

Under this constitutional amendment, future legislators would only run in small, neighborhood districts, where election campaigns will cost a few hundred or a few thousand dollars, not millions. Neighborhood legislators will be paid $1 a year, while those who are selected to go to Sacramento to be part of the Working Committees will be paid 120% of California’s median household income. The “Low Cost New Hampshire Style Neighborhood Legislature” initiative also cuts spending on the legislature itself by a third, saving tens of millions of taxpayer dollars over the current system.

Following review by the Attorney General’s office it will be ready for petition circulation and needs 585,407 valid signatures to appear on the November, 2018 General Election ballot.

It’s entitled the “Low Cost New Hampshire Style Neighborhood Legislature” initiative and the committee website can be found at NeighborhoodLegislature.com.

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