CHA News Article

New Legislators Sworn In

The members of the California State Legislature took their oath of office on Dec. 3, officially convening the 2013-14 Regular Session. The newly-elected and re-elected members of the Legislature include 39 freshman legislators — one in the Senate and 38 in the Assembly. This is the largest freshman class that California has seen since the late 1960s. 

The most important aspect of this Legislature is that Democrats achieved a “super majority” (two-thirds of all seats) in both the Senate and the Assembly, which allows them to pass legislation requiring a two-thirds vote — such as tax increases — without any Republican votes. 

The composition of the Legislature may change soon, however. Special elections will be held to fill the seats of two state senators, Gloria Negrete McLeod and Juan Vargas, who were elected to Congress Nov. 6. In addition, Sen. Curren Price is running for Los Angeles City Council — if he wins that election in March, a special election will be held to fill his Senate seat. If members of the Assembly run for these Senate vacancies and win, additional special elections will be needed to fill their Assembly seats. Thus, the final composition of the 2013-14 Legislature remains to be seen.