Robert Paul Preston and Tom Reed are fed up with living within what they call the “ungovernable” state of California. To reform high taxes, poor housing, education, and law enforcement, Preston and Reed are on a crusade to split the existing state of California into two separate states. Their new state would be called New California.
On January 15th, those involved in the New California campaign officially declared their independence, thus taking the official first step to statehood. Preston, Reed, and their supporters want to divide the rural counties from the coastal cities.
If New California is officially granted statehood, it would have its own economy and be governed under a new constitution separate from that of “old” California.
The formation of a new state from an existing one is possible. But in order for New California to be recognized it must receive “consent of the legislatures of the states concerned as well as of the Congress,” according to Article IV, Section 3 of the United States Constitution.
This isn’t the first time residents have threatened to divide California. In 2016, the “Six Californias” campaign pushed to have the existing state divided into six separate states, arguing that it would improve economics, education, and other state-funded necessities. However, the campaign lacked the signatures and support needed to make it to the 2016 ballot.
We’ll be monitoring this one closely, guys.