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California Proposition 24, Rules Governing California State Legislature Procedures (1984)

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California Proposition 24 was on the June 5, 1984 statewide primary ballot in California as an initiated state statute, where it was approved.
  • Yes: 2,444,751 (53.1%) Approveda
  • No: 2,162,024 (46.9%)

Proposition 24, which was supported by Paul Gann, well-known as a co-sponsor of Proposition 13, made a number of changes in how the California State Legislature is operated and funded.

Specifically, Proposition 24:

  • Revised the process for selecting committee chairs and members.
  • Required committee membership to reflect the partisan composition of each chamber of the state legislature.
  • Required funding for the state legislature to be allocated in proportion to party representation.
  • Placed limitations on the processing of "housekeeping transactions."
  • Required a reduction in funding for the legislature in 1984-85.
  • Limited future growth in legislative funding.
  • Requires a 2/3rds supermajority vote to make changes in the rules of the legislature.
  • Requires that appointments made by the Speaker be confirmed by the Assembly Rules Committee.
  • Expanded reporting on legislative expenditures.

Ballot summary

Proposition 24's official ballot summary said, "Specifies that membership on Senate and Assembly Rules Committees shall consist of members from two largest parties and accords largest party a one-vote majority. Specifies that membership on other house legislative committees shall be proportional to partisan composition in each house. Specifies that each house and specified legislative committees approve, among other things, by two-thirds vote, rules, committee establishment, appointments by Speaker and disbursement of funds. Reduces Legislature's support appropriations by 30%, limits future support appropriations, and requires specified public reports and audits. Specifies other procedural, operational, staffing and funding requirements."

Fiscal impact

The fiscal estimate provided by the California Legislative Analyst's Office said:

"If approved by the voters, funding for support of the Legislature, as defined by this measure, would be reduced by up to $37 million from the amounts appropriated in the 1984-85 Budget Act. Because the budget will not be adopted until after the June 1984 election, the level of support for the Legislature remaining after this reduction is made cannot be determined at this time. In the years beyond 1984-85, the measure would set an upper limit on the growth in legislative funding."

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