Legislature seeks some influence over initiatives

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Updated: 8/29/2014 10:18 pm

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A bill headed to the governor seeks to exert some legislative influence over citizen initiatives.

Under SB1253 by Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, the attorney general would open a 30-day public review period once initiative proponents submit their request for title and summary.

The proponents could amend their initiative during that period or simply ignore the public comments.

The bill also would require legislative committees to hold public hearings once initiative supporters collect 25 percent of the signatures needed to place it on the ballot.

The supporters would be allowed to remove their initiative from the ballot if they compromised with lawmakers, but they would not be required to meet with them.

SB1253 also would require the secretary of state to post the top 10 donors for and against each initiative. It passed the Senate Friday 28-9.

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