California pension initiative awaits key legal description

Aug 11, 2015 7:51 PM by News Staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California Attorney General Kamala Harris is facing a deadline to issue key wording on a pension initiative that could dramatically change the way the state and municipalities provide pension benefits to public workers.

Harris, a Democrat, must issue the title and summary Tuesday on a ballot question before proponents can begin collecting voter signatures for the November 2016 ballot.

The wording is considered crucial to whether voters will likely support the push to require public votes on defined benefits for new employees and increases for existing workers.

Pension reform advocates accused Harris of using false and misleading phrases to create prejudice against another pension measure in 2014.

Then-San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed abandoned that effort after losing a court fight over Harris' legal description. He is trying again this year.

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