CALIFORNIA: Doorbell Lawmakers

Primary outlet for California's civic cranks and crazes is the "initiative" provision of the State's constitution. Under it 8% of California's registered electorate (this year 186,378 voters) can, by signing a petition, place a bill on the ballot to be enacted if a majority of voters approve.

Last week as thousands of weary doorbell-ringing crusaders put away their pencils, it appeared that 60 petitions (including four referenda for the repeal of existing laws) had squeaked under the deadline for filing. If sufficient numbers of their signatures are verified from voting lists, they will...

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