SACRAMENTO, Calif - A California taxpayer group vowed on Tuesday to push for tougher voting standards on local benefit assessments, while a state legislative committee seemed to lean toward less drastic reforms.

Legislation next year will probably target some sort of standardization for the state's patchwork quilt of assessment laws, state Sen. Marian Bergeson, R-Newport Beach and chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Local Government, concluded at a hearing Tuesday on assessments, taxes, and fees.

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