New Legislature Sworn In With Democratic Supermajority
California’s newly-elected legislature is now officially sworn in, and Democrats hold supermajorities in both chambers. But legislative leaders are making a point of being modest.
The entire Assembly and half the Senate took their oaths on Monday, giving Democrats the power they’ve long craved - the ability to raise taxes. But voters just did that for them, approving Proposition 30 last month.
Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg says that’s enough for now, “I just don’t think we should come hurtling out of the gates talking about a bunch of new taxes.”
Republicans now hold little if any sway at the Capitol, but Assembly Speaker John Pérez is assuring GOP lawmakers that their voices are welcome.
“I know what it feels like to be excluded,” Pérez says. “The last thing I want to do as speaker is exclude anybody else.”
The legislature quickly recessed until the new year.