Just hours after Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation restricting initiatives and referendums next year to the November ballot, Republican attorney Chuck Bell submitted a request for title and summary for a referendum of the bill.
Bell said a coalition of groups preparing initiatives for June - including one initiative that would, in part, limit unions' ability to raise campaign funds from members - are considering a referendum. He said his filing is to "keep the door open for a possible referendum qualification effort."
Senate Bill 202 benefits Democrats and labor unions by restricting initiatives to November, when the party's voter turnout is expected to be higher than in June. The union dues measure was expected to qualify for the June ballot, when Republican turnout is expected to be proportionately higher than in November.