GOP advocates of a certain ballot initiative in California on the subject of repealing the new gas tax imposed by the state will file a case against Xavier Becerra, the Attorney General, over the language he has written describing this measure. Republicans allege that the wording is misleading to any voter who reads the purported document. They say that the title and summary drafted by the state are intentionally misleading ones.
Language is important
Language is important since the way a document is written can affect whether the voters will sign a petition or not. The leading figure of the initiative action, Assemblyman Travis Allen, said that he will approach the court to have both the title and the summary changed. The Republican from Huntington Beach said that the initiative will be challenged in a superior court. He further added that almost everything written in the short summary will mislead the voters. He expressed confidence that the Republicans will win the case and then the party will engage in collecting signatures all over the state.
The new law has its share of critics. They say the law does not have enough safeguards by which it can be ensured that the money can be spent exclusively on transportation and road repairs. With such language, the critics say, the money could easily be spent on a number of other functions.
It is to be noted that the summary highlighting the ballot measure does the function of eliminating the Independent Office of Audits and Investigations. This office is entrusted to make sure that the state is accountable for the correct usage of revenue for the transportation projects. This kind of office has not come into existence until now. This new law calls for such an office. There are also allegations that the Democrats are considering changing the recall election rules to protect Josh Newman, a State Senator and a Democrat from Fullerton. The latter voted for this gas tax.
According to Allen, the lawsuit will be filed during the second week of July. It will say in detail how the statements mislead people. It should be noted that Allen plans to run for the California governorship in 2018. To do so, he must gather 365,0000 signatures of the registered voters within 150 days. Only if he does so then he would qualify for the measure to repeal this legislation. The said SB1 legislation was signed by Governor Jerry Brown.