Until now, a state budget required approval by two-thirds of the legislature. But voters overwhelmingly approved Proposition 25, which changes that vote requirement to just over half.
Democratic Senate Leader Darrell Steinberg says that between having a Democratic Governor, Jerry Brown, and the passage of this measure, he's optimistic that California's lengthy budget delays are over for good.
"It is a big win. I'm very glad that prop 25 passed because I think it will reduce the leverage and ensure that the budget gets done on time."