California three-state plan faces major legal, political hurdles

14 June, 2018, 07:30 | Author: Genevieve Gibbs
  • Proposal to split California into three states earns spot on ballot | TheHill

Come November, voters will decide if they want California to be split into three states.

The California secretary of state's office on Tuesday certified that the ballot measure had received more than 402,468 valid signatures.

The proposal would make California the L.A. area, Northern California and Southern Cal would be the other two new states.

"The citizens of the whole state would be better served by three smaller state governments while preserving the historical boundaries of the various counties, cities and towns".

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If voters approve the measure, it would still have to be ratified by Congress. More recently, a group of Californians proposed the state leave the union altogether (they called it Calexit) after Donald Trump was elected president in 2016.

"Political representation of California's diverse population and economies has rendered the state almost ungovernable".

Partitioning California into three states would increase the size of the U.S. Senate from 100 to 104 members, and the state's 55 electoral points would be divided among the three, according to Ballotpedia. The measure aims to create states with relatively equal populations and economic strengths. As he did when he pushed a failed initiative to break the state into six states, Draper says California as it now exists is simply too large to be governed effectively.

Then the plan would have to overcome likely court challenges - and still win approval from Congress, the Hill reported. "Californians deserve a better future". California would be comprised of about 12.3 million residents, centered around Los Angeles County, and would include five other counties along the coast and to the north.

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It is not Draper's first attempt to divide California.

Northern California: This would include the Bay Area and the 31 remaining counties north of Sacramento. Republicans won't like the addition of four US senators - at least two of whom would likely be Democrats - which would dilute the built-in advantage their small-state strength now gives them in the upper chamber.

"This measure would cost taxpayers billions of dollars to pay for the massive transactional costs of breaking up the state, whether it be universities, parks, or retirement systems", Maviglio said via Twitter.

"When you get together and you start something fresh, you have a new way to look at it and create better things" he added. An initiative that seeks to split California into three states has qualified for the state's November 2018 ballot.

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