Since entering the California State Legislature, Senator Hancock has vigorously championed government reform. In 2009-10, she chaired the Elections, Reapportionment and Constitutional Amendments Committee. She introduced two major Senate Constitutional Amendments aimed at reducing gridlock and increasing the effectiveness of the California State Legislature. SCA 5 would have replaced the 2/3 vote formerly required to pass a budget with a simple majority vote. (SCA 5 was eventually put before the California electorate as Proposition 25 and was successfully passed in November 2010.)
Loni Hancock has carried legislation that proposed changing California's term limits so experienced legislators are available to solve the difficult problems facing California -- a measure identical to her legislation will be before the voters on the June 2012 ballot.
As an Assemblymember, Senator Hancock authored AB 583 -- the California Clean Money and Fair Elections Act -- which sought to reform campaign financing by providing full public financing for statewide elections so that candidates could wage competitive campaigns without soliciting money from special interests.