Editorial is right: Ballot language must be neutral

Published: Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013 - 11:10 am

Re "Editorial: Kamala Harris should leave bias at the door " (Editorials, Dec. 30): The editorial board is spot-on with its criticism of Attorney General Kamala Harris' ballot summaries. Attorneys general have often been partisan in crafting ballot statements, and Harris has set a new low standard in that regard. However, there is a better solution than the board's suggestion that Harris abandon her political bias. As a state assemblyman, I proposed AB 2209 during the 2007-'08 session as well as AB 319 and Assembly Constitutional Amendment 20 during 2009-'10 to transfer the responsibility of writing ballot statements to the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst. He already prepares excellent and unbiased analysis for the ballot and could easily craft a similar title and summary. Unfortunately, none of my efforts survived the majority party's control of the Assembly. Obviously, the problem extends beyond the Attorney General's Office.

-- Roger Niello, Fair Oaks

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