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Here is what the gas tax repeal initiative title will say. Proponents say it is misleading and will sue

Assemblyman Travis Allen (R-Huntington Beach) wants to repeal a law that increases the state gas tax. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)
Assemblyman Travis Allen (R-Huntington Beach) wants to repeal a law that increases the state gas tax. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

The state attorney general's office on Monday released a title and summary for a proposed initiative to repeal a gas tax increase. Proponents of the ballot measure say the state-drafted title and summary are misleading and they will go to court to have them changed.

The way language on measures is written can affect whether voters sign the petitions.

 Assemblyman Travis Allen (R-Huntington Beach), the leading proponent of the initiative, said he will go to court to have the title and summary changed.

“We’re going to challenge it in Superior Court," Allen said late Monday. "Gov. Brown’s attorney general has issued a misleading title and summary,” Allen said. The lawmaker said “almost everything” in the short summary would mislead voters. We will wait to win in court and then we will be gathering signatures up and down the state.

The office of Democratic Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra approved language that describes the repeal thusly: "Eliminates recently enacted road repair and transportation funding by repealing revenues dedicated for those purposes."

Critics of the new law have said it lacks sufficient safeguards for the money to be spent only on road repairs and transportation and could allow money to be spent on other functions.

The summary also highlights that the ballot measure “Eliminates Independent Office of Audits and Investigations, which is responsible for ensuring accountability in the use of revenue for transportation projects.” Such an office has not existed and is called for by the new law.

Allen said the lawsuit to be filed this week will detail how the statements are misleading.

Allen, who is running for governor in 2018, needs to collect 365,0000 signatures of registered voters in 150 days to qualify a measure for the ballot that would repeal SB 1, the legislation signed in April by Gov. Jerry Brown.

Updated at 8:20 pm to include comments from Assemblyman Travis Allen.

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