GOP senators’ rush to pass the tax bill couldn’t happen in the California Legislature—thanks to a recent ballot measure.

Today’s reports in the New York Times and the Washington Post note something of a frenzy among elected members, legislative staff and lobbyists to get eleventh hour amendments into the Senate Republicans’ tax bill before the vote of passage in the wee hours of this morning.

For whatever comfort it may be worth, such behavior could no longer happen in the California Legislature, thanks to Proposition 54, the ballot measure passed by voters a year ago that now requires a California legislative bill to be in print and on the Internet for at least 72 hours before it goes to a final vote in the house.

The constitutional amendment by and large puts paid to the longstanding prior reality reflected in former State Senator H. L. Richardson’s book, What Makes You Think We Read the Bills?