James Rufus Koren, Staff Writer
Created: 11/04/2010 08:13:33 PM PDT

Voters in San Bernardino and Los Angeles counties closely echoed voters up and down the state in saying “yes” or “no” to the nine state ballot measures decided Tuesday.

A majority of voters in each county picked the winners and losers in all but two cases.

California voters approved propositions 20, which changes how congressional district boundaries will be drawn next year; 22, which would keep the state from borrowing money from local agencies; 25, which allows state lawmakers to pass a budget with a simple-majority vote rather than a super-majority vote; and 26, which will require state and local fee increases to be approved by a super-majority.

In San Bernardino County, voters were slightly more conservative. They said yes to 20, 22 and 26, but turned down Proposition 25, which takes some power away from the Republican minority in the state Legislature.

Both the Assembly and state Senate are controlled by Democrats, but Republicans have enough members in both houses that at least a few Republicans have to cross the aisle for a super-majority to be achieved. Passage of Proposition 25 means Democrats can pass a budget without Republican votes.

Los Angeles County voters, meanwhile, were more Democratic-leaning than the state as a whole. They supported Proposition 25, as well as propositions 20 and 22, but turned down Proposition 26, which gives Republicans more leverage in Sacramento.

In both houses of the Legislature, any fee increases will have to be approved by at least a few Republicans, many of whom say fees are taxes.

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