Republican Activist Working on Proposal to Expand Size of California Legislature to 12,000

Cleared its first hurdle for ballot status


A California resident and one-time Republican presidential candidate has a radical plan to overhaul government in his state—a ballot initiative that would increase the size of the state's legislature to roughly 12,000 members.

John Cox, a San Diego County resident, says his plan is to divvy up the state's 120 legislative districts into roughly 12,000 more community-based districts. The plan, he claims, would make California government more in tune with voters and less vulnerable to special interests.