2015 Fix California Challenge

A New Legislature: More Competitive, More Diverse, Simpler

Despite redistricting reform, we still live in a state with few competitive seats. This proposal addresses that problem, keeping in mind the limits of human organization (eg the Dunbar number, humans don't work so well in groups over 150 people). 1. Abolish the Senate and expand the Assembly. The average Senate district is around 900,000 people--that's bigger than several states! The entire city of San Francisco ...more »

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Fix California Challenge

Unicameral Legislature with Proportional Representation

There is no reason for California to maintain a bicameral legislature. Since the Reynolds v. Sims ruling, state Upper and Lower houses in most US states have been effectively identical, and nowhere more so than in California, where the Senate is merely a half-sized copy of the Assembly with arbitrarily differing powers. It would be only sensible, in terms of efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and fairness, to consolidate ...more »

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