Resolution on Bypassing Gridlock in Sacramento

Nik Swiatek January 8, 2013 0

WHEREAS, under California’s Constitution, only 8% of the number who voted in the last gubernatorial election may place a constitutional amendment on the ballot, but a 2/3 supermajority of both houses is required for the Legislature to do so, and

WHEREAS, a 2/3 supermajority of both houses in the Legislature is also required to raise revenue, and any attempt to do this is usually thwarted by the minority party, with detrimental effects on the state’s budget, public services and credit rating, and

WHEREAS, the Democratic majority temporarily has a 2/3 supermajority in both houses and the ability to place a constitutional amendment on the ballot despite minority opposition,

THEREFORE, it is hereby resolved that the Los Angeles County Democratic Party urges the Democratic members of the Legislature to place on the next general election ballot a constitutional amendment which will in the future allow a simple majority of both houses to do so, thereby providing a means to overcome obstruction by the minority, and

THEREFORE, it is also resolved that the Los Angeles County Democratic Party will transmit this resolution to the Governor and to all Democratic members of the Legislature.

Submitted by Bob Gerecke, 41st AD

Adopted by LACDP 1/8/13

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