A resolution to propose to the people of California an amendment to the Constitution of the State of California, Repeal and replacement of Section A Clause 2 to Article IV Thereof relating to the Legislature
The California Constitution limits Assembly membership to 80 members and Senate membership to 40, This limitation causes the State of California to have a representation ratio larger than Great Britain. The Representation ration of California’s Assembly is approximately 1/500,000 persons and Senate 1/1,000,000 persons whereas the British House of commons is 1/102,000 persons and House of Lords is 1/85,000 persons. Combined at 120 Senate, and Assembly California’s representation ratio is 1/333,333 persons while Great Britain’s at 1434 Houses of Commons and lords is 1/45,250 persons. This is simply unacceptable and repugnant to our founding principles of representative governance. We therefore propose to repeal and replace Article IV Section 2 Clause a to read as follows pertaining to Legislative and Article XXI section 1 and section 2 clause d as follows pertaining to Redistricting of senate, assembly, congressional and board of equalization districts.
Article IV legislative
(A) (1) The Senate has a membership of 40 elected for 4-year terms, 20 to begin every 2 years until the year2020. thereafter commencing in the year 2022, 20 seats will be eliminated and the remaining 20 eliminated in 2024
(2) (a) The assembly shall have a Nonpartisan membership of no more and no less than 1 Assembly member per 80,000 – 100,000 persons.
Article XXI Redistricting of Senate, Assembly, Congressional and Board of Equalization Districts
Section 1 In the year following the year in which the national census is taken under direction of congress at the beginning of each decade, the Citizens Redistricting Commission described in section 2 shall adjust the boundary lines of Congressional, Assembly, and Board of Equalization districts (also known as “redistricting” )in conformance with the standards set forth in section 2
(D) the commission shall establish single member districts for Assembly, Congress, and State Board of Equalization pursuant to a mapping process using the following criteria as set forth in the following order of priority. All subclauses of Article XXI section 2 clause d to remain as written
Proposed By : John R. Osgood III
Americans Restoring Representation