ALAMEDA, Calif. — Late budgets will be a thing of the past, a key California lawmaker promised Wednesday, a day after the state's voters approved a measure that allows spending plans to pass the Legislature with a majority vote instead of two-thirds.

"Certainly there is no reason for a late budget again with the passage of Proposition 25," the Senate's president pro tem, Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, said at a press conference Wednesday.

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