Yesterday a group of concerned Californians met in Sacramento to discuss calling a constitutional convention to reform the state’s constitution. One of the major issues is changing the two-thirds vote now mandated for passing a budget. This rule, passed in 1933, gives the minority party the power to hold up the budget for weeks or months every year. Most states require no more than a 55 percent approval for the budget. Anyone who has tried to plow through the state constitution knows that it is a chaotic document with hundreds of amendments added to the original version. Whether you agree with the idea of calling a constitutional convention or not, this is an important issue to follow. Don’t let it be buried under more immediate events. Although the process of rewriting the constitution will no doubt take years, it will affect the lives of all Californians for generations to come.
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