SB 858 – Initiative Measures: Title & Summary


Summary: Transfers the duty of preparing the ballot title and summary for a proposed initiative or referendum measure from the Attorney General, a partisan elected official, to the Legislative Analyst, a non-partisan advisor to the Legislature. Requires a 2/3 vote and if passed will go on to the 2024 ballot for voter approval.

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Radio Interview: Sen. Roger Niello's Efforts to Have Non-Partisan Ballot Initiative Titles (KFBK News Radio, April 22, 2024)

Article: How proposed changes to California ballot measures could affect election results (CalMatters, April 30, 2023)

Press Release: Bill to Make Ballot Measure Titles and Summaries Fair and Clear Gets Support from All Seven Committee Members (April 20, 2023) 

Video: Senator Roger Niello Presents SB 858 in the Senate Elections Committee (April 18, 2023) 

Press Release: Election Transparency, State Law Compliance, Pension Liability, and Flood Protection among Senator Niello’s Bills in Committees This Week (April 18, 2023)