Aug 28, 2014 5:59 PM by News Staff
Representatives of Modoc and Siskiyou counties are petitioning state lawmakers for the right to form the State of Jefferson.
The counties have a combined population of about 53,000. They submitted petitions from their county governments to the secretaries of the state Assembly and Senate on Thursday.
They also filed a petition with the secretary of state complaining about a lack of representation.
Supporters rallied outside the Capitol in green shirts with the movement's logo: two X's and a coiled snake. Their petitions say "California is too large to govern" and should be split into two or more states.
They say the U.S. Constitution allows a region to petition the government for secession. If lawmakers ignore the petition, Jefferson proponents say it will give them standing to sue.
Elected officials in Tehama, Glenn, and Yuba Counties have voted to join the movement as well, but those efforts are merely advisory.
The Butte County Board of Supervisors voted against a state of Jefferson movement in June.