CHANGES LEGISLATIVE VOTE REQUIREMENT TO PASS BUDGET AND BUDGET-RELATED LEGISLATION FROM TWO-THIRDS TO A SIMPLE MAJORITY. RETAINS TWO-THIRDS VOTE REQUIREMENT FOR TAXES. INITIATIVE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT. • Changes the legislative vote requirement necessary to pass the state budget and spending bills related to the budget from two-thirds to a simple majority. • Provides that if the Legislature fails to pass a budget bill by June 15, all members of the Legislature will permanently forfeit any reimbursement for salary and expenses for every day until the day the Legislature passes a budget bill. Summary of Legislative Analyst’s Estimate of Net State and Local Government Fiscal Impact: • In some years, the contents of the state budget and related legislation could be changed due to the lower legislative vote requirements in this measure. The extent of these changes would depend on a number of factors, including the state’s financial circumstances, the composition of the Legislature, and its future actions. • In any year the Legislature has not sent a budget to the Governor on time, there would be a reduction in state legislator compensation costs of about $50,000 for each late day.
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INITIATIVE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT
Code Sections Affected
CA Const. Art. IV
MARTIN HITTELMAN, President California Federation of Teachers KATHY J. SACKMAN, RN, President United Nurses Associations of California/Union of Health Care Professionals NAN BRASMER, President California Alliance for Retired Americans
JON COUPAL, President Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association JOHN KABATECK, Executive Director National Federation of Independent Business/California RUBEN GUERRA, Chairman Latin Business Association
Rebuttal Against Author
JANIS R. HIROHAMA, President League of Women Voters of California BILL LOCKYER, California State Treasurer RICHARD HOLOBER, Executive Director Consumer Federation of California
CHANGES LEGISLATIVE VOTE REQUIREMENT TO PASS BUDGET AND BUDGET-RELATED LEGISLATION FROM TWO-THIRDS TO A SIMPLE MAJORITY. RETAINS TWO-THIRDS VOTE REQUIREMENT FOR TAXES (2010).