California Democratic supermajority might mean changes to the initiative process

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February 15, 2013

California

By Eric Veram

SACRAMENTO, California: According to reports, California Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg has several initiative reforms in the works and may unveil some of them by the end of February.

One proposed reform would involve removing the current requirement of a two-thirds majority to place tax increases on the ballot. Another proposed reform is re-instigating a process known as "indirect initiative." This form of initiative would allow the state legislature to amend initiatives or pass their own versions if the measures' proponents agree to it. Sources have also mentioned a possible proposal to restrict the current trend of high-donor financing of ballot measures. Supporters of the reforms say that they would make the initiative process more streamlined and would create a better process for passing state budgets.[1][2]

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