The California Controller Certification of Budget Amendment
will not be on the November 4, 2014 ballot
as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment
. The measure would have required the California Controller
to certify that a given budget bill does not appropriate from the General Fund an amount in excess of revenues for the fiscal year. The Controller would have had three days to certify the bill from the time of the bill's submission to the governor
. The governor would not have been able to sign the bill before certification and would not be allowed to sign the bill if it was not certified. Lastly, the measure would have prohibited the legislature
from adjourning until a budget bill is certified by the Controller.
The proposed amendment was introduced by State Representative Brian Nestande (R-42) as Assembly Constitutional Amendment #13.
Path to the ballot
- See also: Amending the California Constitution
A two-thirds vote was required in both chambers of the California Legislature to place an amendment on the ballot.
The timeline for Assembly Constitutional Amendment #13 was: