Assembly OKs Initiative Reforms After Kill-Gays Measure

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The California Assembly has approved changing the process for qualifying ballot initiatives in response to a proposal advocating the slayings of gay and lesbian people. A pair of bills advanced Tuesday to make it tougher for Californians to propose clearly unconstitutional ballot measures. AB1100 by Democratic Assemblyman Evan Low of Campbell would increase initiative filing fees from $200 to $8,000. AB884 by Democratic Assemblyman Anthony Rendon of Lakewood would allow the attorney general to include disclaimers on documents that proposed measures are likely unconstitutional. Both bills head to the Senate after passing on largely party-line votes. Republican lawmakers said they were an overreaction to a reprehensible measure that makes it harder for citizens to participate in government. Attorney General Kamala Harris is asking a court to reject the anti-gay measure.