Sacramento supermajority has Democratic legislators eager to amend state constitution (SF Examiner)

December 14, 2012 – Just because the state legislature isn’t scheduled to meet again until Jan. 7, doesn’t mean our elected elves are not hard at work. In anticipation of opening day, they are giddily churning out proposed Constitutional Amendments in the hope that this might be the magical year for change. Each amendment needs a two-thirds vote in the state senate and assembly in order to appear on a statewide ballot for possible passage. We already have two proposals that would make it easier to levy taxes for schools and libraries. One, by Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, would reduce the percentage of voters needed to raise property taxes or issue bond debt to fund public libraries from a two-thirds majority to a 55 percent majority. Another, by Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, would lower the number of votes needed to support parcel taxes for schools from two-thirds to 55 percent.

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