by Jack Lee
The Statehood committee in Butte County is bringing a [Split the State] vote before the Board of Supervisors (in the near future). However, they first want to inform the public and gain voter support. As a result, they are holding several meetings open to the public this month in Oroville and Chico. There will also be some tabling in Paradise and Gridley, but the details have not been submitted as of press time.
The first meeting is set for the 22nd of October (Monday) from 4 pm to 7 pm at the Thermoleto Grange in Oroville. A number of tables will be set up with counselors to answer questions and provide literature how the new State will be formed.
A second meeting will be held at the Butte County Library on Oct. 26th in Chico, from 5:30 pm until 8 pm that will include a guest speakers from the State of Jefferson movement and tables will be set up for group discussions to answers questions or concerns.
A vote for Statehood by the Butte County Supervisors is only the first small step. After the counties have all weighed in and there is sufficient support, then it moves to the State Legislature. It is expected there will be anywhere from 20-23 counties that will approve forming a new State. They then have a choice, they or their State representatives in the Assembly or the State Senate can bring a bill to a vote. If it passes in both houses by a simple majority, the next step is to introduce a bill in Congress to form the new State. The Governor need not sign the State bill. If both houses approve the bill by a simple majority it becomes law a new State is created.
The authority for forming a new State may be found in Article 4, Section 3 of the US Constitution. It’s not in our State Constitution for good reason, States lack the authority and therefore no State Constitution will have language how they can divide their State to form a new State. That power is reserved ONLY for the federal government as outlined in the US Constitution. See the following excerpt from the US Constitution:
Clause 1. New States may be admitted by the Congress into this Union; but no new States shall be formed or erected within the Jurisdiction of any other State; nor any State be formed by the Junction of two or more States, or Parts of States, without the Consent of the Legislatures of the States concerned as well as of the Congress.
Clause 2. The Congress shall have Power to dispose of and make all needful Rules and Regulations respecting the Territory or other Property belonging to the United States; and nothing in this Constitution shall be so construed as to Prejudice any Claims of the United States, or of any particular State.
You may be wondering, why are the people of the North State trying to form a new State? The answer is fairly simple – it’s all about taxation without representation.
Northern and Southern California are already divided along economic lines as well as different population densities. This is why the issues concerning each are so vastly different. However, because of the apportioned representation in our Capitol, citizens of the north State lack the votes to modify, protect and regulate their areas of concern.
The attention and representation in Sacramento is focused on the greatest population which is overwhelming in the South State. This is why tax expenditures in the State are overwhelming diverted to the South and this is exactly why the North State voters lack fair and equal representation on their issues.
This is not a democrat v republican issue, make no mistake. This is about creating a new State to protect the representation of the voters wherever they may live in the most fair way possible.
The State of Jefferson’s proposed infrastructure would require a fraction of the cost that is currently spent on SoCal. They also seek a cost effective part-time legislature that operates closer to the people that they represent, thus providing more representation and access to the citizens/taxpayers.
They want to create a responsible and sustainable green environment that is also business friendly, something the South State has been unable to do. North State farmers and truckers would no longer be subjected to the heavy regulations that have destroyed so many of them and cost us jobs, but rather they would only seek regulations that are in keeping with the needs of the North State.
The Statehood movement expects that limited laws and regulations would be similar to many business friendly states such as Oregon and Nevada’s.
The seaports in the North State would not be subjected to California’s ultra-restrictive import and shipping regulations that have cost the shipping industry and CA consumers hundreds of millions while adding to the cost of import products.
The North State movement seeks an economy built on limited taxation and limited government that leads to more freedom, more prosperity and a stable revenue stream to maintain the basic responsibilities of government. This would include such things as police and fire protection, roads, highways, etc., It would run much like Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Maine, Mississippi, Nevada, New Mexico, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, and others. They all have part-time legislatures that spend less than 53% of their total time in session and they all have relatively low regulation compared to California, which is the most regulated State in the nation as well as the most taxed. It’s also considered to be the most business unfriendly State and they are hemorrhaging jobs to others States that is causing their economy to collapse. The North State folks hope to escape from all that heavy handed government and provide a better quality of life in the process.