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Skelton: Changes could spell end of Capitol gridlock

September 4, 2012 | 11:53 am

Perez and Steinberg

Skelton hedThe end of the legislative session on Friday also signaled the end of an era in Sacramento, writes George Skelton in Monday's column.

He says changes to term limits, district boundaries and primary voting may help reduce the Capitol's infamous gridlock.

"The new system — the product of voter-approved reforms — hopefully will produce more pragmatic, less ideological legislators committed to negotiating long-term fixes to California's problems," Skelton writes.

Already lawmakers have begun finalizing the state budget on time.

"Many new folks coming up, I just think they're a better quality legislator — both Republicans and Democrats. They're not the same old partisan hacks," veteran Republican consultant Marty Wilson told Skelton.

All of Skelton's columns are here.


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Photo: Assembly Speaker John Perez (D-Los Angeles), left, and Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) confer in the Senate chamber on Friday, the last day of the legislative session. Credit: Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press