OPINION: Governor Signs Legislation that Limits Access to Direct Democracy

Recently signed legislation will raise the initiative filing fee from $200 to $2000 in a deliberate attempt by the Sacramento political elite to discourage citizen participation in the electoral process, writes Senator Jim Nielsen in Fox & Hounds Daily.  Supporters of the fee increase argue it will help deter “frivolous” filings, but in actuality the 900% fee increase will undermine the intent of the reformers who established the initiative process as a way for everyone to be heard regardless of social or economic status.

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