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October 11, 2011 > Calif. to move all initiatives to November ballots

Calif. to move all initiatives to November ballots

By Judy Lin, Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP), Oct 07 - Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill moving all statewide initiatives and referendums to November general election ballots.

In doing so, he also postpones a scheduled vote next June vote on a rainy day fund.

Brown signed SB202 by Democratic Sen. Loni Hancock of Berkeley on Friday. He said it ``restores the original understanding'' that initiatives were to be considered at a general election and involve more people.

While a rainy day fund is ``prudent,'' the governor says the state cannot put money into savings when it can't pay its bills.

The move has drawn complaints from Republican lawmakers who said the bill was a power grab by union interests seeking to delay anti-labor ballot initiatives that could end up on the June ballot, which features the GOP presidential primary.

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