Tehama County Supervisors approve State of Jefferson vote for June 3 ballot

Feb 11, 2014 4:33 PM

The Tehama County Board of Supervisors have adopted a resolution allowing voters within the county to voice their opinion in joining the State of Jefferson movement and begin the process of seceding from California. Voters will weigh in on the measure on the June 3, 2014 ballot.

The measure was passed by a unanimous vote today.

The decision to put the question of secession on the ballot allows the board to get a clearer picture of how their constituents feel about separating from the state before officially making a declaration.

The Board of Supervisors also adopted resolutions proposing and amendment to increase their own salaries to $3,795 a month as well as a measure providing that any vacancies which occur on the board will be filled by the remaining members of the board. These two measures will also be voted upon in the June 3 vote.

If voters of Tehama County vote in favor of beginning the process of secession and the Board of Supervisors agrees to to do the same, they will become the fourth North State county to join the revitalized State of Jefferson movement. The Board of Supervisors in Modoc and Siskiyou counties voted to begin the process of secession in September 2013 and supervisors in Glenn County voted to begin the process on January 21 of this year.

The U.S. Constitution only allows for a new state to be formed out of a currently existing one if the decision to do so is approved by the original state’s legislature and Congress. The last states to successfully break away from their original states to form new ones were Maine (seceded from Massachusetts in 1820) and West Virginia (seceded from Virginia in 1863).


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