Press Release: Title and Summary released for Neighborhood Legislature
For Immediate Release
May 4, 2017
Historic reform initiative aimed at removing the corrupting influence of special interest money from California politics begins statewide petition gathering effort
Sacramento, CA – The Neighborhood Legislature is an historic reform initiative aimed at removing the corrupting influence of special interest money from California politics. The California Attorney General released its Title and Summary for the proposed measure last week and was cleared for circulation by the Secretary of State. The Neighborhood Legislature Commitee begins its statewide signature gathering effort this week and has until October 25th to gather the needed 585,407 signatures.
How does the proposal work?
By shrinking the size of legislative districts down to the neighborhood level, any individual can run for senate or assembly with a budget of just a few hundred dollars.
Today’s Assembly districts have nearly half a million people in them, and the Senate districts have nearly a million. The Neighborhood Legislature simply divides each of those huge districts into 100 neighborhoods – each with its own representative. Those 100 representatives in each district will meet and select one of their number to go to Sacramento, — so there would still be just 80 Assembly Members and 40 Senators meeting at the Capitol Building.
In addition, the non-partisan Legislative Analysts’ Office estimates taxpayer savings from decreased spending on the Legislature by about $100 million annually.
For more information please go to www.NeighborhoodLegislature.com
For media inquiries contact Tim Rosales, 916.475.4900