Pass California budget with majority vote? Prop turns in sigs

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May 6, 2010

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SACRAMENTO: California: A Passing the Budget On Time Act may be on the November 2, 2010 ballot in California. Supporters turned in about 1.1 million signatures to election officials on May 6.[1] The proposal is an initiated constitutional amendment.

The goal of the proposal is to end the current requirement in the state that two-thirds of the members of the California State Legislature must vote in favor of the state's budget in order for a budget to be enacted. It also requires state legislators to forfeit their pay in years where they have failed to pass a budget in a timely fashion.

James C. Harrison and Thomas A. Willis filed the initial language for the proposal with the California Secretary of State on October 14, 2009.

The fate of the Harrison-Willis proposal, which would lower the vote threshold to pass a budget, contrasts with that of a widely-discussed but (in 2010) unsuccessful effort to lower the vote threshold required to raise taxes.

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