Options for Reform

In 2010, California voters will make choices – at the polls, in town hall meetings, and wherever someone asks them to sign a petition – that could reshape our state constitution. An important goal of today’s constitution is to place great power in the hands of voters. This website is designed to help you use that power effectively by putting unbiased information about reform at your fingertips.

What are the different routes to making reform happen? Click on each to learn more about how it has been used in the past, the pros and cons, and the ways to pursue that path.

  1. Reform via the Legislature: Convene a Legislative Committee on Reform or Constitutional Revision Commission
  2. Reform via the Ballot Box: Amend the Constitution through a Series of Initiatives
  3. Call a Constitutional Convention
  4. Fix Government without Changing the Constitution

Whichever types of reform and paths we take, California’s voters will have the final say. Any proposed change or combination of changes – whether it is an initiative to amend the constitution, a constitutional revision proposed by the legislature, or the product of a constitutional convention – must be approved by a majority of voters at a statewide election. You decide.

Reform on the November 2, 2010 Ballot

In the recent June 8, 2010 Primary Election, voters approved Prop.14 which changes California's primary system. The November 2, 2010 ballot will present voters with reforms on several topics such as how state legislature and congressional district lines are drawn, rules for state taxes and spending, and how the state budget gets passed.Click here to read more about the Propositions on the November 2, 2010 ballot.