The momentum to create a new state from the rural counties in Northern California has begun to pick up momentum. Spokesperson for the Jefferson Declaration Committee, Mark Baird, says that six northern counties have already joined the movement. The primary reason to form a new state is the current a lack of balance in State representation.
Supervisors in Sisiskiyou, Modoc, Glenn, Tehama, Yuba, and now Sutter have voted to become part of the State of Jefferson.
The committee is now looking to Nevada County and other rural counties to make a declaration to form a new state.
Baird says forming a new state is not unprecedented and the Constitution includes provisions for creating new states.
In order to move forward with the process the committee needs 51% of the state legislature and support of 51% of Congress to support the effort.
This Saturday, the Nevada County Steering Committee for the State of Jefferson is holding an informational meeting at Gateway Park in Penn Valley.
According to organizers, the State of Jefferson Steering Committee event begins at 3:30 PM with pre-activities and the informational portion beginning around 5:00 PM.