Santa Barbara resident Michael Warnken is campaigning to expand the California State Assembly from 80 members to about 800, which would limit each assemblymember to 40,000 constituents. Warnken argues this would make each representative more responsive. As a UCSB student in 2002, Warnken targeted a Santa Barbara Board of Supervisors’ resolution that condemned the Boy Scouts for barring homosexuals; due to Warnken’s efforts, the resolution was overturned. Unlike his 2002 initiative, which appealed primarily to conservatives, Warnken’s most recent campaign has received a positive reception at both Libertarian and Green Party meetings. A draft of the initiative is under consideration by the legislative counsel’s office, which has six weeks to work out the final language before Warnken can collect signatures to get it on the June ballot.
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Originally published 3:10 p.m., February 16, 2006
Updated 11:35 a.m., February 23, 2006
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