Lawmakers have taken a step to make California more relevant in presidential politics, voting to give the state's electoral votes to the candidate who wins the national popular vote.
The state Assembly passed AB459 on Thursday on a 43-18 vote, sending it to the state Senate. The measure has supporters from both parties but drew only a handful of Republican votes.
The bill would take effect if it's approved by states with a total of 270 electoral votes _ the minimum needed to elect a president. States with 77 electoral votes have approved it so far. California has 55 votes.
Supporters say it would make candidates campaign, not just try to raise money, in California.
The effort started after Al Gore won the popular vote in 2000, but George W. Bush won the electoral vote.