California Ballot Initiatives Would Change Legislative Process for Budget

Finestone, Deborah
May 2003
Bond Buyer;5/21/2003, Vol. 344 Issue 31640, p48
Trade Publication
California voters may see two voter-sponsored initiatives on the March 2004 ballot that seek to reform the state's budget process. One group seeks to offer an initiative to lower the number of lawmakers needed to pass a budget to 55 percent from two thirds and force lawmakers to stay in session until a budget is passed. The California Chamber of Commerce and others in late April 2003 filed another initiative that, if approved by voters, would increase to two-thirds the number of votes needed to pass various fees which now only require a simple majority. The measure would preserve the legislative status quo by requiring a two-thirds majority to raise taxes.


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