Sammy Roth, The Desert Sun
Published 2:41 p.m. PT March 8, 2018 | Updated 3:55 p.m. PT March 8, 2018
State Assemblymember Chad Mayes is suing California over a ballot measure that could help Republican lawmakers influence how the state spends its climate change funds, claiming that misleading language written by the state’s Democratic attorney general will confuse voters so they oppose the measure in June.
Proposition 70 stems from a hard-fought deal between Mayes and Gov. Jerry Brown last year. In exchange for Mayes delivering Republican votes to extend California’s cap-and-trade program, which puts a price on planet-warming emissions, Brown and Sacramento Democrats agreed to a statewide vote that could change how funds generated by the program are spent. If Prop 70 passes, the Legislature will be required to approve some of that spending in a two-thirds vote, rather than the majority vote that’s needed now.
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