Modoc County votes to secede from California
UPI Top Stories (Published: 25-Sep 2013 12:14 PM, Received: 12:14:21 PM)
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Modoc County, Calif., joined a movement to secede from the state with its Board of Supervisors voting to join neighboring Siskiyou County in secession.
A measure to push for a new state of Jefferson was approved by a 4-0 vote Tuesday, with one supervisor absent, Board Chairman Geri Byrne said.
The movement is a signal from the state's northernmost and least populated counties that "California is essentially ungovernable in its present size. We lack the representation to address the problems that affect the north [part of the] state," said Mark Baird, spokesman for the Jefferson Declaration Committee.
He added his group sought the involvement of 12 counties to form their own state.
Siskiyou County passed a secession measure Sept. 3, the Redding Record Searchlight reported.
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