In my column in today's Star, I wrote about discussions going on in the Assembly to consider legislation that would prune some of the edges of Proposition 13 -- perhaps by lowering the voter approval threshold for some local tax measures, or perhaps by changing how commericial property is treated.
At a press briefing just now, however, Senate leader Darrell Steinberg was absolutely clear that no such legislation will get through the Senate this year.
"I don't think we should be dealing with those things in 2013," he said.
He noted that lawmakers have a number of big-ticket issues on their plate, citing implementation of the Affordable Care Act, education financing reform, water issues, a gun violence prevention package and CEQA reform.
"2013 will be focused on bread and butter and production," he said.
Earlier this year Steinberg had said he was cool to the idea of bringing up measures dealing with taxes so soon after passage of Proposition 30's tax increases last fall. But his pronouncement today was his strongest statement yet that none will advance until at least next year -- when, he allowed, that the issue of lowering voter thresholds ought to be on the legislative agenda..