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Patricia Selenski  Government 180 Professor Michael Semler February 22, 2007                                       The Initiative Process in California               The dictionary definition of the word initiative is: “the power or ability to begin or follow  through energetically with a plan or task ;  enterprise and determination”. The second definition of the  word is the one that describes how the process works in California politics: “the power or right to  introduce a new legislative measure or the right and procedure by which citizens can propose a law by  petition and ensure its submission to the electorate” (voters by way of the ballot).  1  Two of the main  theories of why the initiative process arose in California are: 1). The peoples desire to shift how the state  is governed from an representative democracy to a direct democracy and 2). The desire of the people to 
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