A petition drive to help put a constitutional change on the ballot to change the current 2/3 rule for revenue and budget measures in the California State Legislature has begun.
RESOLUTION TO SUPPORT DEMOCRACY IN CALIFORNIA
WHEREAS, the state of California requires a 2/3’s vote of the legislature to pass all revenue related legislation;
WHEREAS, this has resulted in rule by a minority of the legislature that has consistently blocked the will of the majority of the citizens of the state of California, delayed annual enactment of revenue related legislation to support the state budget, reduced the credit rating of the state, and forced the state to rely on borrowing which burdens future generations of California citizens;
WHEREAS, the 2/3’s rule has resulted in a fiscal catastrophe for the state of California, has caused undue harm to the health and welfare of its citizens, and undermined democratic rule;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the California Democratic Party Central Committee supports amending the constitution of the state of California to allow a simple majority of the Legislature to pass revenue related legislation; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the California Democratic Party Central Committee will distribute copies of this resolution to the California Senate and Assembly, other California County Democratic Central Committees, as well as Democratic clubs, and work to support legislation that will overturn the 2/3’s vote requirement.
This resolution was drafted by Sally Sweetser Delegate 11th Assembly, member of the Diablo Valley Democratic Club and Ellis Goldberg Delegate 15th Assembly, President of the TriValley Democratic Club.
Organizers say this is the beginning of a multi stage process. A resolution will be drafted by lawyers and submitted to the Attorney General for approval. After AG approval the resolution is posted on the Secretary of State’s website. A 150 day period is allowed for gathering 700,000 signatures in order to qualify to get the resolution on the ballot. Once qualified for the ballot the campaign heats up for about 60 days. Then there is an election. Election are typically in November of May/June. November 2010 election will include Governor, Senator, all Congress, all Assembly some state senate and local offices plus ballot measures. May/June elections are less exciting but will be the earliest opportunity to end the pain that the 2/3 rule is the root cause of.
The attempt is being made for a grassroots level drive that will include as many organizations as are willing to join in. The local Democratic Clubs are holding a Pre-Petition open organization meeting 3PM-5PM at the Democratic Community Center 2737 Clayton Road, Concord, CA across from the Bart station.
Further information on the effort can be found at: