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Study suggests changes to CA initiative process dominated by special interests

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A new report recommends several changes to California's ballot initiative process as a way to better engage voters and increase trust in state government. The report released Tuesday by the nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California comes amid increasing criticism that California's 102-year-old initiative process has been hijacked by wealthy individuals and well-funded special interest groups pushing their own narrow agendas. The report recommends giving the Legislature a chance to shape citizen ballot initiatives and disclosing the backers of initiative campaigns. It also recommends allowing voters a do-over several years after an initiative passes and they have been allowed to experience its impacts. The Public Policy Institute found that nearly three-quarters of Californians support letting voters make laws and change public policies at the ballot box. But a similar margin also recognizes that the initiative system has flaws that could be corrected.


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