Democrat Aiming To End Two-Thirds Budget Vote Requirement

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, August 25, 2008

A tyranny of the minority… That’s what Assemblyman Sandre Swanson calls the legislature’s two-thirds vote requirement for a state budget. Currently six Republicans in the Assembly and two in the Senate are needed to approve a budget.  Swanson says he wants to amend the state constitution to require a simple majority vote.   He says this year’s impasse is an example of how lengthy budgets can hurt people. He says  it must go before voters.

 “We have to put petitions on the street and we have to gather the signatures necessary to put this on the ballot and we’re targeting the Gubernatorial race in 2010 so the citizens of this good state will correct this problem once and for all …”

In 2004 voters rejected a similar idea to enact budgets with a 55-percent vote of the legislature. A spokesman for Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger says he favors the two-thirds vote requirement because both parties remain part of the process.