Seeking to qualify for the November ballot, backers of a constitutional amendment to make major changes in California state budgeting and governance announced Monday that they have submitted more than enough signatures to place their measure before voters.
Spokesman Roger Salazar said that more than 1.2 million signatures have been collected. The California Forward Issue Action Fund proposal needs 807,615 valid voter signatures to qualify for the November ballot.
The measure includes a requirement for a two-year, performance based state budget, legislative transparency measures, and a new process for local governments to opt out of state laws or regulations that they feel hinder their ability to work efficiently.
More than 50 groups signed a letter last week stating plans to form an opposition campaign if the proposal reaches the ballot.
Salazar said negotiations with legislative leaders are continuing, but meanwhile, the petition signatures were submitted to ensure verification in time for the November election.
If a deal is struck with legislative leaders and a compromise measure is written, Salazar said that his group will not campaign for its proposal and will ask voters to support the alternative.