Patt Morrison for April 16, 2010

Are California legislators really ready to go bipartisan on the budget process?

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California State Assembly members have a new bipartisan reform package

The California State Assembly has apparently put their partisanship behind them to introduce a new package of reforms to help the Golden State move forward. The package includes measures that would amend the state constitution to call for a simple majority vote to pass a budget, among other provisions to stabilize state finances. There will also be reforms aimed at enhancing public oversight and reducing the number of bills introduced each year. The Assembly calls it bipartisan, but how cooperative will opposing party members be when the reforms actually take effect? Patt talks to assemblymen on opposite sides of the aisle about the new proposals and their outlook for success.

Guests:

Assemblyman Mike Feuer, D-42nd District, which covers areas of Los Angeles and Beverly Hills

Assemblyman Kevin Jeffries, R – 66th District, which includes the Temecula and Lake Elsinore area. He is a member of the Assembly Budget Committee and was in the hearings on this issue yesterday.


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