Remember that plan to split California into six separate states?
Well, two counties don’t plan to wait for that proposal to make the ballot, so they’re filing to form America’s 51st state now.
Residents in Modoc and Siskiyou counties in far Northern California submitted petitions on Thursday in Sacramento to secede from the state and form their own — the State of Jefferson.
People from four more counties — Yuba, Sutter, Glenn and Tehama — will present declarations soon. Once the number reaches at least 10, Jefferson will be ready to rule, Mark Baird, one of the movement’s organizers, told the Sacramento Bee.
“We don’t need government from a state telling people in a county what to do with their resources and their children’s education,” Baird told of crowd of about 70 supporters outside the state capitol on Thursday, according to the Associated Press. “You are better equipped to educate your children than the state or federal government.” Supporters say they’re not adequately represented by their government and that much of Sacramento’s agenda isn’t relevant in their communities.
Still, the U.S. Constitution requires congressional approval for any new state. Nor shall “any State be formed by the Junction of two or more States, or Parts of States, without the Consent of the Legislatures of the States concerned as well as of the Congress,” it states.
The original idea was to have these proposed states join some southern Oregon counties to form Jefferson, which would fall within the Oregon border south to Mendocino and then west to the Nevada border near Tahoe, CBS SF Bay Area reported. That “Six State Initiative,” which was backed by venture capitalist Tim Draper, is also still on the table, aiming to split the Golden State into six smaller pieces. The Washington Post’s Philip Bump explained what it might look like.
Six counties have approved plans for secession either through elected officials or at the ballot box, the AP reported. Voters in two counties considered it in the June primary — those in Tehama said “yay,” but those in Del Norte said “nay.”