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SCR-3 Constitutional convention.(2009-2010)

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Amended  IN  Senate  August 17, 2009

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2009–2010 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 3


Introduced  by  Senator DeSaulnier

December 01, 2008


Relative to a constitutional convention.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SCR 3, as amended, DeSaulnier. Constitutional convention.
Under the California Constitution, the Legislature by rollcall vote entered in the journal, two-thirds of the membership of each house concurring, may submit at a general election the question whether to call a convention to revise the Constitution. If the majority vote yes on that question, within 6 months the Legislature is required to provide for the convention.
This measure would propose that the people of the State of California vote at the next statewide general election on the question of whether to call a convention to revise the California Constitution.
Fiscal Committee: YES  

WHEREAS, Section 2 of Article XVIII of the California Constitution provides that the Legislature by rollcall vote entered in the journal, two-thirds of the membership of each house concurring, may submit at a general election the question of whether to call a convention to revise the Constitution; and
WHEREAS, Section 2 of Article XVIII of the California Constitution further provides that if a majority votes yes on the question of whether to call a convention to revise the Constitution, the Legislature shall provide for a convention within six months; and
WHEREAS, Section 2 of Article XVIII of the California Constitution further provides that delegates to a constitutional convention shall be voters elected from districts as nearly equal in population as may be practicable; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Senate of the State of California, the Assembly thereof concurring, That the Legislature of the State of California at its 2009–10 Regular Session commencing on the first day of December 2008, two-thirds of the membership of each house concurring, hereby proposes that the people of the State of California vote at the next statewide general election on the question of whether to call a convention to revise the California Constitution to provide for the effective and efficient delivery of public services, subject to all of the following:
(a) Pursuant to Section 2 of Article XVIII of the California Constitution, the question of whether to call a convention to revise the California Constitution shall be submitted to the voters at the next statewide general election, and if the majority vote yes on that question, within six months the Legislature shall provide for the convention.
(b) The Secretary of State shall submit the question of whether to call a convention to revise the California Constitution to the voters as the Secretary of State would submit any other proposition by the Legislature that is submitted to a popular vote at a statewide general election; and be it further
Resolved, That the Legislature of the State of California at its 2009–10 Regular Session commencing on the first day of December 2008, two-thirds of the membership of each house concurring, hereby submits at the next statewide general election after passage of this measure a question asking whether voters are for or against the calling of a convention for the purpose of revising the Constitution of the State; and be it further
Resolved, That the Secretary of the Senate transmit copies of this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.