May 29, 1996 |
The California Constitution Revision Commission on Tuesday rejected an attempt to kill one of its key reforms: a recommendation for a radical restructuring of local government in California. The vote was 11 to 6. By similar margins, the commission defeated 11 other attempts to scale back proposals developed by the commission over two years and introduced in the Legislature. With that, the commission ended its 33rd general meeting and Chairman William Hauck of Sacramento declared its work over.
May 14, 1996 |
The most extensive proposed overhaul of the California Constitution in more than a century was formally submitted Monday to the state Legislature, where it faces an uncertain future. The reform package, the product of two years' work by the bipartisan California Constitution Revision Commission, expands the responsibilities of the governor, seeks to eliminate perennial budget deadlocks in the Legislature, and allows for radical restructuring of local government.
February 23, 1996 |
The California Constitution Revision Commission on Thursday adopted the outline of a dramatic overhaul of the state Constitution, including a surprise measure to ease the term-limit restrictions on state lawmakers. On a vote of 12 to 6, the commission proposed that members of the state Assembly and state Senate be elected for four-year terms. They could serve a maximum of three terms--or 12 years--in each house of the Legislature.
February 7, 1996 |
California government reformers killed the idea of a one-house Legislature on Tuesday, but forged ahead with a proposal for a new type of super local government that could combine the functions of cities, counties, special districts and schools under one governing body. The California Constitution Revision Commission also voted to overhaul public school finance by giving local districts block grants of state funds with enhanced authority to spend the money.
February 6, 1996 |
A proposal to merge the state Senate and Assembly into a single legislature is not likely to survive this week's final session of the California Constitution Revision Commission, the panel's chairman said Monday. Chairman William Hauck, a former aide to Gov. Pete Wilson, has been a proponent of a single 121-member California Senate, but Hauck said he would not push hard to include the idea in the constitutional overhaul plan being written this week for the November ballot.
August 22, 1995 |
As William Hauck labored to explain a plan to modernize California's bewildering maze of 7,000 separate governments, he blurted to reporters: "The easiest answer is to declare there are no more local governments and start over again." Well, why not? After all, Hauck is the chairman of the 23-member California Constitution Revision Commission.