Two California lawmakers have proposed constitutional amendments to lower voter thresholds for local tax and bond measures.

The election's results gave Democrats two-thirds supermajorities in both houses, enough to put constitutional amendments on a statewide ballot.

Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, would ask voters to amend the state's constitution to lower the bar to pass school parcel taxes from two-thirds to 55%. Such property taxes typically boost districts' operational budgets.

"Education funding across California has been decimated in recent years, with severe consequences for students and our local schools," Leno said in statement last week.

Another plan by Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, would put a constitutional amendment on the ballot that would lower the voter requirement for library bonds and taxes from two-thirds to 55%.

"While demand for library services is growing, many libraries are struggling to meet the needs of their users in light of ongoing state and local budget cuts," Wolk said.

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