Capitol Alert
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January 16, 2012

Gov. Jerry Brown is taking a mulligan, tripped up by a typographical error and forced to re-file his ballot initiative to raise taxes.

The Democratic governor on Friday filed paperwork with the state for “The Schools and Local Public Safety Protection Act of 2012- ver. 2.” The measure is identical to one Brown filed in December, the governor said in a filing with the attorney general’s office, “except that we have corrected a typographical error that resulted in two numbers being transposed.”

Re-filing an initiative can delay the attorney general’s preparation of its title and summary, potentially condensing the period for a proponent to gather signatures and making that effort more expensive.

But Brown adviser Steve Glazer said this afternoon that he does not expect the mistake to affect Brown’s timing ahead of the November election.

“We don’t think it will affect our schedule,” Glazer said. “It was a typo.”

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