LOS ANGELES (AP) -- An initiative designed to make it easier for the Legislature to adopt a state budget has passed.

With 26 of precincts reporting, Proposition 25 won -- 53.9 votes.

The measure lowers the vote threshold for passing a state budget from two-thirds to a simple majority. The effort was aimed at avoiding legislative gridlock that has resulted in long budget impasses.

Two other initiatives dealing with the state budget also passed.

With 26 percent of precincts tallied, Proposition 22, which sought to prohibit the state from borrowing money from local governments, was approved with 63.8 percent of votes

Proposition 26, which was aimed at making it harder for governments to charge fees to businesses by reclassifying them as taxes, won with 55.3 percent.

Copyright 2010 The AP.

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