Farmers, water interests oppose California’s Proposition 16

Measure would mandate a two-thirds voter approval to expand public power

By WES SANDER

Capital Press

The California Farm Bureau Federation and several irrigation districts oppose a measure that would make it more difficult for public utilities to enter, or expand services in, electricity retail.

Proposition 16, on California’s June primary ballot, would amend the state constitution to require a two-thirds vote of residents in an affected area before a local government can expand or create electricity services.

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