Special election spending assailed

first_imgSACRAMENTO – Frustrated by the cost of the November special election, two Democratic lawmakers said this week that they will seek constitutional amendments to restrict a governor’s ability to take such action. “If we had a law which required legislative approval to call a special election on initiatives, the November election would never have happened, and our state’s schools would have $50 million more to spend on our kids,” said Assemblyman Johan Klehs, D-Hayward. Klehs said he will base his bill in part on results of a recent Public Policy Institute of California poll that found that 54 percent of voters want legislative approval to be required before a governor can call a special election. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger had pushed ahead with the November special election, despite widespread criticism, because he said the state’s fiscal recovery demanded action on his reforms before the June 2006 regular election. Voters soundly rejected all of his reform measures. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Assembly Majority Leader Dario Frommer, D-Glendale, said he plans to propose legislation that would permit a governor to call a special election only after declaring a state of emergency. Then only ballot initiatives linked to that emergency and approved by the Legislature could appear on the ballot. “The special election should be reserved for special circumstances or emergencies, not to advance a governor’s narrow political agenda,” Frommer said. Aides to Schwarzenegger declined comment. Steve Geissinger, (916) 447-9302 [email protected] last_img read more