Calif. Dems To Wield New Power On Tax, Environmental Issues

Law360, San Diego (January 7, 2013, 10:45 PM EST) -- With California’s 2013 legislative session kicking off Monday, state Democrats’ new supermajority in both houses could boost liberal efforts to raise property taxes for businesses and protect the state’s greenhouse gas-reducing cap-and-trade program from being derailed by legal challenges, experts say.

The November election cleared the way for California Democrats to win supermajorities in both the state Senate and Assembly for the first time since the Great Depression, giving them the ability to increase taxes, pass emergency bills, put constitutional amendments directly before voters and override...
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