Sammy Roth, The Desert Sun
Published 3:51 p.m. PT March 12, 2018 | Updated 3:59 p.m. PT March 12, 2018
Last week I broke the story that Assemblyman Chad Mayes (R-Yucca Valley) was suing Attorney General Xavier Becerra over the ballot title and summary language of Proposition 70.
The Desert Sun is reporting that Mayes was successful in forcing the state to change the language to make it more fair. Additionally, it reported the following:
Mayes delivered the Republican votes Brown needed to extend his signature climate change program, cap and trade, until 2030.
Mayes has bizarrely become a “climate change” proselytizer over the last few months as he has fully embraced his inner RINO. Back in August, Mayes was caught on audio stating that he wasn’t even sure climate change was real.
State officials have rewritten a climate change measure that will appear on the ballot in June, in response to a lawsuit arguing the original language for Proposition 70 would have confused people into voting against it.
Prop 70 was the result of a compromise between Gov. Jerry Brown and Republican lawmaker Chad Mayes, who represents Palm Springs in the state Assembly. Mayes delivered the Republican votes Brown needed to extend his signature climate change program, cap and trade, until 2030. In exchange, Brown and Democratic lawmakers agreed to a ballot measure that could give Republicans some sway over how funds generated by the cap-and-trade program are spent, if voters approve the measure.
But when Mayes saw the ballot language written by the state’s Democratic attorney general, Xavier Becerra, he objected, saying it would undermine the grand bargain.
The voter information guide written by Becerra gave the following title for Prop 70: “Limits Legislature’s authority to use cap-and-trade revenue to reduce pollution.” That was false, Mayes argued in a lawsuit filed last week. The ballot measure would do nothing to limit the Legislature’s authority, and money generated by the climate program would still go toward reducing pollution, Mayes said. All Prop 70 would do is change the voting threshold for some of that spending from a simple majority to a two-thirds majority of the Legislature, meaning Republican votes might be needed for passage, Mayes said.
The two sides settled on Monday, with Becerra and California’s secretary of state, Alex Padilla, agreeing to change the language. The ballot measure will now be titled, “Requires legislative supermajority vote approving use of cap-and-trade-reserve fund.”
“I’m glad that the Attorney General agreed that Prop. 70 does not limit the Legislature’s authority to use revenues from the sale of greenhouse gas emission permits to reduce pollution, but instead requires a supermajority to approve a spending plan,” Mayes said in a statement. Becerra’s office didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.