(PR) HJTA Protests SB 202

Taxpayer group delivers flashlights to Legislature hoping to “shed light” on the process as backroom deals continue to be jammed through on final day of Session.

Sacramento — The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association is protesting Senate Bill 202 today for both its substance and the “dark-of-night” process by which the bill is being advanced.

The state’s largest taxpayer organization is distributing flashlights to members of the Assembly Elections Committee as it prepares to hear this bill which as of this afternoon wasn’t even in print.

“Never before have we seen a Legislature so hell-bent on pulling something over on the people in the dark of night” said Jon Coupal President of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association. “We hope to shed some light on this process.”

Coupal also attacked the substance of SB 202 ‰ÛÒ the labor union-backed legislation that would move critical reform ballot initiatives from the June 2012 election to the November 2012 election.

“In good faith millions of voters in California lawfully signed petitions to put critically-needed reforms on the ballot” said Coupal. “But the Democrats in the Legislature will go to any length to please their labor union bosses even if they have to deny Californians their day the ballot box. Californians deserved better than this pathetic display of politics. Make no mistake democracy delayed is democracy denied.”