BILL NUMBER: SCR 2	INTRODUCED
	BILL TEXT


INTRODUCED BY   Senator DeSaulnier

                        DECEMBER 3, 2012

   Relative to a constitutional convention.


	LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


   SCR 2, as introduced, DeSaulnier. Constitutional convention.
   Under the California Constitution, the Legislature by rollcall
vote entered in the journal, two-thirds of the membership of each
house concurring, may submit at a general election the question
whether to call a convention to revise the Constitution. If the
majority vote yes on that question, within 6 months the Legislature
is required to provide for the convention.
   This measure would propose that the people of the State of
California vote at the next statewide general election on the
question of whether to call a convention to revise the California
Constitution.
   Fiscal committee: yes.



   WHEREAS, Section 2 of Article XVIII of the California Constitution
provides that the Legislature by rollcall vote entered in the
journal, two-thirds of the membership of each house concurring, may
submit at a general election the question of whether to call a
convention to revise the Constitution; and
   WHEREAS, Section 2 of Article XVIII of the California Constitution
further provides that if a majority votes yes on the question of
whether to call a convention to revise the Constitution, the
Legislature shall provide for a convention within six months; and
   WHEREAS, Section 2 of Article XVIII of the California Constitution
further provides that delegates to a constitutional convention shall
be voters elected from districts as nearly equal in population as
may be practicable; now, therefore, be it
   Resolved by the Senate of the State of California, the Assembly
thereof concurring, That the Legislature of the State of California
at its 2013-14 Regular Session commencing on the third day of
December 2012, two-thirds of the membership of each house concurring,
hereby proposes that the people of the State of California vote at
the next statewide general election on the question of whether to
call a convention to revise the California Constitution to provide
for the effective and efficient delivery of public services, subject
to all of the following:
   (a) Pursuant to Section 2 of Article XVIII of the California
Constitution, the question of whether to call a convention to revise
the California Constitution shall be submitted to the voters at the
next statewide general election, and if the majority vote yes on that
question, within six months the Legislature shall provide for the
convention.
   (b) The Secretary of State shall submit the question of whether to
call a convention to revise the California Constitution to the
voters as the Secretary of State would submit any other proposition
by the Legislature that is submitted to a popular vote at a statewide
general election; and be it further
   Resolved, That the Legislature of the State of California at its
2013-14 Regular Session commencing on the third day of December 2012,
two-thirds of the membership of each house concurring, hereby
submits at the next statewide general election after passage of this
measure a question asking whether voters are for or against the
calling of a convention for the purpose of revising the Constitution
of the State; and be it further
   Resolved, That the Secretary of the Senate transmit copies of this
resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.