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Feb 22, 2013 6:57 PM by Associated Press

Senate Dems slip below two-thirds with resignation

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The loss of a Central Valley lawmaker from the state Senate isn't expected to have major impacts on Democrats' clout in Sacramento.

State Sen. Michael Rubio of Shafter says he's stepping down to take a government affairs job with Chevron Corp. His resignation drops Democrats below the two-thirds threshold they need to pass tax changes or override vetoes.

His resignation comes on top of recent vacancies but Democrats were already expecting to face difficulties in some of their goals later in the year. Senate Democrats started the new two-year session with a 27-vote supermajority - instead of 29 - because two other Democrats resigned their seats after being elected to Congress.

Democrats vastly outnumber Republicans in Rubio's San Joaquin Valley district.

It's not clear who might succeed Rubio.

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