Gov. Brown turns to state Supreme Court to keep crime initiative headed to ballot
Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday petitioned the state Supreme Court to put his proposed crime ballot initiative back on track for the November ballot.
A Sacramento County Superior Court judge on Wednesday ruled that the initiative, by being filed as an amendment to an earlier ballot issue after public comment had ended, had failed to follow state law.
Brown’s petition argues that the pending initiative affects “the lives of hundreds of men and women who are currently incarcerated and ineligible for parole.”
Lawyers for the governor ask the court to stay the lower court ruling and allow Attorney General Kamala Harris to issue a title and summary of the proposal that would allow Brown to begin collecting signatures needed to put the measure before voters.
Sources: California Supreme Court