Orange County Branch Newsletter

February 2013


Legislators Take Action to Lower Voter Threshold

From Mobility 21's Forward Motion Newsletter

With the final ballot count in Los Angeles and Alameda counties resulting in razor thin losses for transportation sales tax measures, members of the state legislature have been moving quickly to introduce amendments to lower the percentage of votes needed to pass such measures.

California State Senator Carol Liu (D-La Canada Flintridge) and Senate Majority Leader Ellen Corbett (D-San Leandro) have introduced constitutional amendments to reduce the voter threshold for local transportation sales taxes from two-thirds to 55 percent (SCA 4-Liu and SCA 8-Corbett).

“The vast majority of California voters want to invest in transportation improvements, and a very small minority should not be able to stop these important measures,” said Sen. Liu. “When more than 65 percent of voters want something and the measure still fails, something is not fair. This constitutional amendment will put transportation sales taxes on the same level playing field with school construction bonds.”

If approved by a two-thirds vote of both houses of the legislature, these amendments would be placed before California voters at the next regularly scheduled general election.
Lowering the voter threshold would pave the way for counties currently without transportation sales tax measures and also provide self-help counties a better opportunity to extend existing measure sunset dates, providing additional revenue for transportation projects.

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