State Senator Carol Liu Introduces Bill to Eliminate 2/3 Rule for Transit Taxes
Yesterday we wrote about the need to restore majority rule for transit funding votes in California. The new Democratic supermajority may be headed down that path. State Senator Carol Liu of Pasadena has announced that she is proposing a constitutional amendment to lower the threshold for a local transit tax from 2/3 to 55%:
Senator Carol Liu (D-Pasadena) introduced a proposed constitutional amendment, SCA 4, that would establish a lower vote threshold of 55 percent for propositions related to funding local transportation projects.
SCA 4 is a constitutional amendment, which requires a 2/3 vote to send to the voters. Because there are other 2/3 requirement reduction proposals out there, my guess is that these would be consolidated into a single ballot proposition for voters to consider. Who knows whether it would pass. But it’s not a hard case to make. 33.34% of voters should not be able to stop the will of the majority. The current rules are absurd and are causing transportation, as well as education, to suffer. Let’s hope that the Legislature approves SCA 4, either on its own or as part of a larger package, so that it can appear on the November 2014 ballot.