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AB 2220 (Cooper) Sent to Governor with Strong BiPartisan Vote

Bill Expands Options for Cities with 100,000 Residents-Plus Considering District-Based Elections

August 16, 2016
Gov. Jerry Brown now has legislation on his desk, AB 2220 (Cooper), to allow cities with a population of over 100,000 the flexibility to switch to district-based elections by ordinance.
 
This is the same authority that cities under 100,000 already have thanks to last year’s SB 493 (Canella). AB 2220 passed the Senate Monday afternoon with a bipartisan vote of 32-4.

Since SB 493’s enactment, several cities with populations over 100,000 have wanted the same flexibility to change their elections from at-large to district-based. As a result, the League worked with Assembly Member Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove) to introduce AB 2220.
 
The by-ordinance approach provides additional flexibility for local agencies with changing demographics address representation issues under the state’s voting laws in a less-costly and expeditious manner than current options.  
 
The League wishes to thank Assembly Member Cooper for his efforts on this matter, as well as the many legislators supporting the bill. Cities are encouraged to send letters to the Governor requesting a signature. A sample letter can be found at www.cacities.org/billsearch by plugging AB 2220 into the search bar.


 
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