Assemblyman Brian Dahle announced today he will coauthor a bill that could lead to a reorganization of the state Senate to provide more representation for rural areas.
Dahle, R-Bieber, will team with Assemblyman James Gallagher, R-Yuba City, on a bill that would place a constitutional amendment on the state ballot to create eight Senate districts statewide based on region, with five senators from each district. As it is now, there are a dozen senators from Los Angeles County alone.
Asked how he plans to get the bill passed, Dahle said he and Gallagher will appeal to lawmakers and their constituents from places like the Inland Empire, the Central Valley and the Bay Area, which would get more representation under their proposal, and hope enough voters from coastal Southern California agree that a more equitable system is needed.
He points to the makeup of Congress, where House districts are based on population but two senators are chosen from each state.
The official rollout of this proposal is set for Monday. Dahle discussed the idea while participating in a panel of speakers this afternoon at the Sierra Cascade Logging Conference at the fairgrounds in Anderson.
Look for more details at CapitalPress.com in the coming days.
UPDATE: Monday's rollout may be delayed because Gallagher is apparently busy with the Oroville Dam situation, per Assembly staffers. Watch for more updates.