Fresno Bee pg 2 of article about Utt's anti direct legislation Bill
S E E N AS PERIL TO DIRECT (Continued From Page One) I restrictions were allowed, th.Â« peo-i iple would PÂ« heiplÂ«s to protect Ithemselves against reactionary leg-] jislatiyn." Assemblyman Utt. In explaining his purpose in introducing the controversial controversial measure, expressed the belief there have been too many initiatives and referendum* and said it Is too eiisy to get signatures to qualify them. "Some question has been raised whether the state is being run by vote at the last pr^cUng f ovcr- ft^^^? e}l ;Â«^ norship election must be filed t o j l h c i cff j s i aturo E h ou ) d be the guv- qualify on initiative measure for a place on the state ballot. The! , requirement is 5 per cent to quail-! Jy an initiative lor submission to the legislature or to hold up u legislative act for a referendum vote of the people. The Utt constitutional amendment amendment would boost me ballot initiative initiative tequircmcnt to 1G per cent and the legislative initiative and referendum requirement to 10 per cent. What It Would I)u Here, more specifically, is what Â·uch a measure would do: Increase the number of petition signatures needed for a ballot initiative initiative from 186,378 to 372,750. J u m p the necessary signatures* for a referendum or legislative initiative from 110,487 to 'J32.974. "Groups desiring tn submit an initiative measure to the. voters would have to secure at least 450,000 450,000 signatures to be sure of having 372,000 valid ones," said Senator Chris N. J s]icrsen of 'San Luis Obispo Couiuy, a staunch supporter supporter of direct legislation. "This bill, in effect, would make it impossible to invoke the initiative initiative or referendum in California. As a matter of fact, the 180,000 signalures now required foi initiative are almost impossible to gel. "Direct legislation would be destroyed destroyed completely in California under the pending proposal." Â·Tespcrspn Is Supported Senator Jespcrscn's assertion he Â·will battle this type of legislation to the finish found nn echo in comment by Assemblyman Alelvyn I. Cronin of San Francisco. "D i r e c t legislation certainly should not be. restricted." Cronin aain. "We have fought in California California since the time Hiram Johnson was governor to preserve to the erning factor. May Not Tress Measure The Orange County assemblyman announced, however, that in view of opposition to his proposition, tie may decide not to press the constitutional amendment for adop- ion if it hits rough sledding. With AB 470 and 471, Utt also :3 among the authors of bills having to do w i t h the recall. His purpose is (o force persons desiring to sign recall petitions to go to the o f f i c e of the city county clerk or other designated official to do so. Utt contends general circulation of recall petitions should be stopped and signers compelled to go to a central signing place, but there again Senator Jespersen disagrees with him, contending the proposal not only would prove an inconvenience inconvenience to voters but would hamper rather than improve i h e of the recall law. Other Views Given Assemblymen Roy J. Nielsen of Sacramento County and Jesse M. Mayo of Calaveras County are among other legislators definitely lined up for the defeat of anti- initiative and anti-referendum measures. Mayo said: Our annual increase in registered voters automatically increases the signature requirements for initiatives initiatives and referendum*. There is no need for legislation of the type suggested. The legislature will do well to refrain from tampering with the initiative, the referendum and other such progressive election statutes. Fr : eople the right and means of voic- -- t h e i r views at the polls on all public issues "If initiative nnd referendum UQUOK LAW PASSES OLYMPJA (Wash.). March 7-- 1 ) --A bill permitting the state liquor board to appoint agents authorized to sell Hquor by the drink passed the Washington Senate by an announced announced vote of 25 to 16, with absent. The vote followed almost two hours of debate over the bill.