Former San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed and former San Diego Councilman Carl DeMaio plan to revise and resubmit their proposed statewide initiative aimed at requiring voter approval for new government pension plans in response to a summary by the attorney general that they consider unfair.
Each time Reed and DaMaio rewrite the initiative, Harris is required to write a new title and summary. The duo then have 180 days to gather roughly 580,000 signatures to qualify the measure for the ballot. The 180-day clock restarts with every revision, according to the Secretary of State office, and there’s no limit to how many times Reed and DeMaio can revise and resubmit the measure. But they must have their signatures verified by June 30 to meet the deadline for the 2016 ballot.
Dave Low, chairman of Californians for Retirement Security, called it a “small move in the right direction” but said the measure still won’t pass muster with voters. He said the initiative is entirely flawed and polls show it’s destined to fail.
“The issue is not whether it impacts future or current workers,” Low said. “The issue is they’re taking pensions away from teachers, nurses and firefighters. We feel very confident that it’s going to be defeated no matter what they do.”
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