Can the Initiative Process be Changed?

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In the June election, California voters will be confronted once again with dueling initiatives — two different measures dealing with the same subject in different ways. This time it’s the government taking of land by eminent domain. In the meantime, the confusion voters will undoubtedly face is a classic example of what we’re addressing today, which is the initiative process itself. When voters directly set policy as Prop 13 did with the property tax, they essentially become a fourth branch of government. But the measures they’re asked to decide are often extremely complex.


Tracy Westen - Center for Governmental Studies, Mark Baldassare - Public Policy Institute of California - @ppicnotes, Ted Costa - People's Advocate, Harvey Rosenfield - Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights - @HarveRosenfield

Warren Olney

Karen Radziner, Frances Anderton