Senator John M. W. Moorlach’s (R-Costa Mesa) fair referendum practice bill, Senate Bill 359, Municipal Referendum Petitions, was signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom. This bill creates an additional simplified, cost-effective referendum methodology for parties who are interested in overturning an ordinance passed by a city council.
“I am so happy to have the support of the governor and my colleagues in the legislature to right a serious impediment and improve future citizen efforts of the referendum process,” said Senator Moorlach. “The ability to petition one’s government is among the most precious rights we have. This will eliminate certain tactics that discourage citizens from participating in local government by unburdening their efforts.”
Under the current referendum process, city councils can require proponents to include thousands of pages of documents within a single petition. SB 359 allows parties who are interested in overturning an ordinance to now have the ability to choose the existing method in code or this new pathway if it better suits them.
This article was released by the Office of Senator John Moorlach.