Lawsuit Seeks To Enlarge California Legislature

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Publish Date:
May 11, 2017
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A lawsuit filed by supporters of splitting California in two is seeking to enlarge the state legislature.

The federal lawsuit filed against California’s secretary of state argues that rural counties aren’t fairly represented in the legislature, The Sacramento Bee reported (https://tinyurl.com/m2mbxy5) Tuesday. The lawsuit argues that 40 state senators and 80 Assembly members is insufficient representation for a state of 40 million people.

Nathaniel Persily, a redistricting expert at Stanford Law School, called the lawsuit “a nonstarter.”

Persily said the “one person, one vote” approach has become “so entrenched,” Persily said. “It’s not even open for debate at this point.”

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