California AG Appeals Judge’s Description of Gas Tax Measure

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SACRAMENTO (AP) — California’s attorney general is fighting a judge’s decision to change the official ballot description of a proposed gas tax repeal.

Attorney General Xavier Becerra appealed last week after a Sacramento County judge rewrote what he considered a flawed and misleading description.

The ballot measure would repeal recent gas tax hikes. Becerra gave it a less specific title, indicating it would eliminate transportation funding by repealing revenues.

Assemblyman Travis Allen, a Republican candidate for governor, sued over the language.

The judge ruled that Becerra’s title for the measure would confuse voters and changed it to explicitly mention a gas tax repeal.

Becerra wants his language to stay.

The wording would appear on the ballot if the measure qualifies for the November 2018 election.