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Posted: August 14, 2009 7:43 p.m.
Updated: August 15, 2009 4:55 a.m.
Kudos to The Mighty Signal for a brilliant as well as comical editorial, "No one goes back to Sacramento" on Aug. 2.

Not sure if this has been reported here yet, but if not, readers may be interested to know that a general purpose political action committee called Citizens for California Reform (CCR) has begun a petition drive to "help the people of California bring accountability to Sacramento by returning our state to a part-time Legislature."

The petition states: Part-time Legislature. Initiative constitutional amendment. Reduces the total amount of time the Legislature is in session each year to no more than 95 days. Directs the Legislature to convene in early January for up to 30 days and again in early May for up to 60 days. Allows the Legislature to reconvene for up to five additional days to reconsider bills vetoed by governor.
Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: potential annual state savings of tens of millions of dollars. Actual savings would depend on future actions of the California Citizens Compensation Commission, the Legislature and the Governor.

Petitions can be downloaded at CCR's Web site, and signed by registered voters.

It seems to me that a whole lot less trouble could be had for us hard-working taxpayers if a part-time Legislature meets for a max of 95 days each year.

Prior to 1966, the Legislature was part-time. Let's go back to the future and make this a new reality. Otherwise, the shenanigans of Sacramento will continue to haunt us.

If we sit on our hands and do nothing, then we deserve what we get.


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