Well, Scratch That Whole Splitting California Into 3 States Thing (At Least For Now)
A divisive (literally) ballot measure set to go before California voters in November is now off the ballot, under orders by the state's top court.
California's Supreme Court on Wednesday told Secretary of State Alex Padilla to take the measure off the ballot pending further review, the Sacramento Bee reported. That comes after an environmental nonprofit and political attorneys argued that breaking up California would amount to a "revision" of the state constitution and therefore needs support by two-thirds of the state Legislature before voters see it on an election ballot.
"Because significant questions have been raised regarding the proposition’s validity, and...we conclude that the potential harm in permitting the measure to remain on the ballot outweighs the potential harm in delaying the proposition to a future election" https://t.co/vLy0BDYteL— Capitol Alert (@CapitolAlert) July 18, 2018
The Cal 3 Initiative seeks to split the Golden State up into three smaller states, with supporters arguing that California has grown too large to meet the needs of its residents. But opponents say creating three states will do nothing to solve California's economic and political problems.
The initiative proposes creating three states:
- California - The smallest of the three proposed states would include Los Angeles County and span north to the Monterey area, but excludes most of the inland region currently considered Southern California.
- Northern California - Includes San Francisco and north to Oregon.
- Southern California - Includes Orange County and land up to the Fresno County region and south to the U.S.-Mexico border.
Those names are just placeholders, according to Draper, who wants residents to decide the final names.
Draper's plan is far from the first effort made to divide the state. The idea has been floated hundreds of times. And the court ruled to review the initiative more closely, so we haven't heard the last of this specific plan.
This is a developing story.
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