Majority Vote

Resolution Number BRG09.08

WHEREAS, the California Constitution requires certain bills making appropriations from the General Fund, for changes in state taxes for the purpose of raising revenue, to be passed in each house of the Legislature by a two-third vote; and

WHEREAS, this requirement amounts to minority rule by one-third, plus one, and has brought the State of California to a revenue crisis and a situation of paralysis because of a vocal minority of conservative Republicans; and

WHEREAS, the people of California deserve urgently to have a functional, effective and balanced government, able to respond and adjust to economic downturns and upswings for the benefit of the majority of its citizens, rather than be held hostage by the ideologies of the few;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the California Democratic Party supports a change to only require a simple majority (like the U.S. Congress and 80% of states) for revenue bills, thus restoring majority rule and representative democracy to California’s government.

Submitted by Region 10 Delegates: Susan Broidy; Cheryl Conway; Stew Jenkins;
Gabriel Zacarias; Hilda Zacarias; Chris Lanier; Maureen Cruise; David Atkins; Leah Herzberg; Pam Reinking; Linda Sutton; Dorothy Reik; Joseph O’Neill; Cleofas Navarro; Sylvia Navarro; Penny Strowger; Sandy Emberland; Sally Sweetser (AD 11), Diablo Valley Democratic Club;
Ellis Goldberg, (AD 15), President, TriValley Dem. Club; Democratic Neighbors of the 38th AD;

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Adopted by the Executive Board
Of the California Democratic Party
At its Executive Board Meeting
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Burlingame
July 19, 2009

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