In an opinion piece for the Sacramento Bee, Robert M. Hertzberg, Democratic Speaker of the California Assembly from 2000 to 2002, and James L. Brulte, Republican leader of the Senate from 2000 to 2004 and the Assembly from 1992 to 1995, endorsed the Voters First Initiative.
In the 2001 redistricting process, we held public hearings and we listened to public input. We did our constitutional duty to draw new political lines in strict accordance with the letter of the law. But by allowing legislators to determine their own districts, there is no denying that today’s system protects sitting legislators before all else.
The endorsement by Mr. Hertzberg, a prominent Democrat, adds weight to the argument that this is a bipartisan initiative. He joins the list of other prominent Democrats that have endorsed the initiatives.
Disclosure: Mr. Hertzberg is also a member of the Rose Institute Board of Governors.