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Two-Thirds Budget Vote Requirement Targeted, Petitions Submitted to Sec. of State

By Cathy Bui - February 18, 2009

On the heels of the recently passed state budget, two new budget-related initiatives where approved by the Secretary of State Office to begin the signature gathering process.  The two measures will require approximately 694,354 signatures from registered voters.

The proponents have until July 20, 2009 to secure the required number of signatures for each of these measures to qualify for a statewide election.

The Attorney General’s official title and summary for the first measure is as follows:

STATE BUDGET. REPEAL OF TWO-THIRDS LEGISLATIVE VOTE REQUIREMENT. INITIATIVE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT.

Lowers the legislative vote requirement necessary to pass the state budget, and spending bills related to the budget, from sixty-seven percent (two-thirds) to fifty-five percent.  Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government:  Unknown changes in the content of the annual state budget. Fiscal impact would depend on the composition and actions of future Legislatures. (08-0022.)

To view the initiative please click here.

The Attorney General’s official title and summary for the second measure is as follows:

STATE BUDGET. TAXES. REPEAL OF TWO-THIRDS LEGISLATIVE VOTE REQUIREMENT. INITIATIVE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT.

Lowers the legislative vote requirement necessary to pass the state budget, spending bills related to the budget, and budget-related tax increases, from sixty-seven percent (two-thirds) to fifty-five percent.  Retains sixty-seven percent (two-thirds) vote requirement for property tax increases.  Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government:  Unknown state fiscal impacts from lowering the legislative vote requirement for spending and tax increases related to the budget.  In some cases, the content of the annual state budget could change and/or state tax revenues could increase.  Fiscal impact would depend on the composition and actions of future Legislatures. (08-0023.)

To view this initiative please click here.

Editor's Note: Cathy Bui  is the Legislative Assistant for Governmental Solutions Group, LLC.  Pror to joining GSG, Ms. Bui worked in the office of Assembly Speaker Karen Bass.