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Effort to boost governor's tax hike on ballot draws lawsuit

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POSTED June 28, 2012 9:06 p.m.

SACRAMENTO  (AP) — An effort to give Gov. Jerry Brown's tax initiative top billing on California's November ballot has drawn a lawsuit by a rival tax campaign.

The lawsuit filed against the secretary of state accuses state lawmakers of abusing their power and says they are trying "to change the rules in the middle of the game."

The suit was filed Thursday in Sacramento County Superior Court by wealthy Los Angeles civil rights attorney Molly Munger and her campaign.

Brown signed into law a bill moving bond measures and constitutional amendments to the top of the ballot. His fellow Democrats also plan to delay the only pending bond measure, leaving Brown's tax plan as the first ballot measure voters see.

The suit says listing Brown's tax plan first gives it an unfair advantage.


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