Assemblyman Travis Allen announced that he is filing an appeal to the California Supreme Court challenging the unpublished decision by the state Court of Appeals that would allow Attorney General Xavier Becerra to issue a misleading, politicized ballot title and summary for the Repeal the Gas Tax Initiative.
“The Appellate court’s decision to uphold Becerra’s ballot manipulation is disturbing and wrong,” said Allen. “The Attorney General is constitutionally obligated to provide voters truthful and objective ballot initiative titles and summaries. The Appellate court’s decision is a direct attack on the integrity of direct democracy in California.”
“The ruling by the Appeals Court is the most blatant attack on the initiative process since 1911, when Governor Hiram Johnson introduced the process as part of his package of progressive reforms. Californians have a right to fair elections that are not manipulated by appointed partisan politicians in Sacramento.”
“The Repeal the Gas Tax Initiative does just that: it repeals the SB 1 gas tax hike,” Allen continued. “But the Attorney General is refusing to be truthful with voters, and is instead trying to fool them into thinking the initiative cuts transportation revenue.”
“The Superior Court agreed that Becerra deliberately wrote a ballot title and summary designed to dissuade voters from signing the Repeal the Gas Tax Initiative petition,” said Allen. “The Appellate court justices’ disregard for that clear verdict illustrates that politics have corrupted the process.”
“There’s no way around it: the Attorney General is deliberately lying to California voters, and the Appellate court has rubber-stamped his dishonesty,” said Allen. “I am confident the California Supreme Court will right this injustice and will give the voters of California a fair and honest opportunity to Repeal the Gas Tax,” finished Allen.
This article was released by Repeal the Gas Tax.