Plan submitted to split California into 6 states - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

Plan submitted to split California into 6 states

This map shows the breakdown of states proposed by the nonprofit group headed by billionaire Tim Draper. (Source: Six Californias) This map shows the breakdown of states proposed by the nonprofit group headed by billionaire Tim Draper. (Source: Six Californias)
Tim Draper speaks about his plan to break up the state of California during a news conference Tuesday. (Source: KCRA/CNN) Tim Draper speaks about his plan to break up the state of California during a news conference Tuesday. (Source: KCRA/CNN)
  • National PoliticsMore>>

  • 2 Dems to vote for Trump's court nominee; Schumer urges 'no'

    2 Dems to vote for Trump's court nominee; Schumer urges 'no'

    A Democratic senator is warning her party it could be politically dangerous to block President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee.
    A Democratic senator is warning her party it could be politically dangerous to block President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee.
  • White House tells Russia probers: Come see intel yourselves

    White House tells Russia probers: Come see intel yourselves

    Thursday, March 30 2017 6:26 PM EDT2017-03-30 22:26:34 GMT
    Thursday, March 30 2017 6:26 PM EDT2017-03-30 22:26:34 GMT
    The White House says it has invited the heads of the Senate and House intelligence committees investigating Russia's role in the 2016 election to view materials found by the National Security Council.
    The White House says it has invited the heads of the Senate and House intelligence committees investigating Russia's role in the 2016 election to view materials found by the National Security Council.
  • Congress lets states block some Planned Parenthood money

    Congress lets states block some Planned Parenthood money

    Thursday, March 30 2017 6:07 PM EDT2017-03-30 22:07:35 GMT
    Thursday, March 30 2017 6:07 PM EDT2017-03-30 22:07:35 GMT
    Vice President Mike Pence has broken his second Senate tie, this time on a procedural vote on a bill that would reverse an Obama administration rule to protect funding for Planned Parenthood and other family...
    Vice President Mike Pence has broken his second Senate tie, this time on a procedural vote on a bill that would reverse an Obama administration rule to protect funding for Planned Parenthood and other family planning providers.

(RNN) - A businessman who created a proposal to break up California into separate states said he has garnered enough support to put the issue up for vote during the next statewide election.

Tim Draper, who has made billions in the technology sector, submitted 1.3 million signatures to the state capital in Sacramento on Tuesday. That's enough to put the issue on the ballot in 2016.

According to the proposal, the names of each the six states would be Jefferson, North California, Silicon Valley, Central California, West California and South California.

Each state would have its own capital, though it has not been proposed what those cities would be.

Draper is the major backer of the nonprofit group Six Californias. 

The group is pushing the idea on the basis that the state's 38 million residents do not have adequate representation and revenue is not used efficiently.

Draper has sold the idea heavily for at least a year, but it is now picking up steam with enough support to take the next step in the political process.

"You can frame your own constitution, your own system of government, your own services, your own state bird," Draper said at a news conference Tuesday. "Social media and rating systems allow us to determine how each state can best serve its people. We'll be launching sites for each state that can help you get started, then it is up to you."

Even if the measure passes, both Congress and the California Legislature have to approve it. Among the myriad national implications are more seats in Congress and the effect on future presidential elections.

Copyright 2014 Raycom News Network. All rights reserved.

  • Region 8 Responds

  • Do you think California should split into new states?

  • Thank you for participating in our poll. Here are the results so far:

    Yes
    41%
    796 votes
    No
    59%
    1149 votes
Powered by Frankly