Lainie: Yet another attempt at misdirection and deflection by a rightie. This bill has everything to do with stripping a Democratic Governor of authority to appoint board members to a perform a crucial function in regulating growth - something that the vast majority of righties can't stand. Unlike your disingenuous assertion, this bill has nothing to do with giving the people the "opportunity to weigh in on very important matters that affect all the people of this state." What this bill is really about is allowing the extreme right-wing minority in the state legislature to frustrate and forestall the democratic process of governance by the winning party of the recent election.
This bill is nothing more than a thinly veiled attempt to allow the minority party (Republicans) to prevent a Democratic governor from appointing progressive members to the growth management hearing board.
Republicans in Washington, D.C., use the same tactic and, as a result, there are many critical positions unfilled. For example, there is no appointed Director of ATF (Senate Republicans refuse to allow any appointment to go forward). Ditto for the newly created Consumer Protection Bureau. The list goes on and on.
Whenever Republicans do not like a regulatory entity they do whatever they can to prevent its being funded and/or to prevent the majority party from being able to appoint reasonable people to sit on it.
This bill should be rejected for what it is - yet another tactical ploy by the right-wing to prevent reasonable decision-making by the growth management hearing board.