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AB 32 Ballot Measure Qualifies

Sacramento, CA — A proposal to suspend the state’s AB 32 Global Warming legislation has received enough signatures to qualify for the November ballot.

The Secretary of State’s Office says over 800,000 signatures were submitted in favor of the measure.

Jon Coupal, President of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association states, "The California Jobs Initiative will let voters, not politicians and unelected bureaucrats, decide whether or not now is the right time for this massive new energy tax."

Supporters of the suspension argue that AB 32 puts unnecessary restrictions on small business owners.

Governor Schwarzenegger is opposed to the suspension, and has issued the statement, "This initiative sponsored by greedy Texas oil companies would cripple California’s fastest growing economic sector, reverse our renewable energy policy and decimate our environmental progress for the benefit of these oil companies’ profit margins."

The ballot measure would suspend the state’s AB 32 greenhouse gas laws until the unemployment rate falls to 5.5 percent and stays there for a year.

Written by bjhansen@mlode.com.