Senate President Pro-Tem Don Perata praised the positive tone of the meeting. He even expressed hopes that agreement on Schwarzenegger’s reforms could be reached without the need for constitutional amendments or a special election this year.
“What we’ve said to the Governor is that if we come up with agreements that require constitutional changes, At that point we should decide when we wanted to get them done.”
Democrats have consistently cited the multi-million dollar costs associated with a special election, saying such measures could go on next year’s regular ballots. Schwarzenegger has already thrown his support behind some initiative efforts and continues to raise money for them. His spokeswoman Margita Thompson says that won’t slow down.
“The Governor’s committed to the people of California to make sure we get these much needed reforms in place as soon as possible.”
Schwarzenegger’s reform measures include changing the state pension system and how legislative districts are drawn.