Reformers Debate Rewriting CA Constitution

By: Juliet Williams, Associated Press Email
By: Juliet Williams, Associated Press Email

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Following the bruising effort to fix
California's budget deficit, political reformers are debating a
novel idea to end the state's political gridlock.

They want to rewrite the state Constitution to fundamentally
change how California governs itself.

The Constitutional Convention Summit convened Tuesday in
Sacramento, bringing together office holders and government experts
to hash out ideas about how to do it. The gathering was organized
by the Bay Area Council, a business group.

Among the suggestions brought by participants: scrap term limits
for legislators, redraw political districts to make them smaller,
allow voters to register on Election Day or when they renew their
driver's license and combine the two houses of the state
Legislature.

California voters first would need to approve an initiative
allowing a constitutional convention, then decide who gets to
participate.


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