Lawmakers' Ballot Tactic Flouts Calif. Constitution: Court

Law360, San Diego (January 22, 2013, 10:04 PM EST) -- California lawmakers ran afoul of the state constitution when they passed legislation clearing the way for Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax hike initiative to be placed at the top of the November ballot, a state appeals court held Friday.

The Third District Court of Appeal determined that the California Constitution did not allow lawmakers to include blank bills with an assigned number but no substance, known as spot bills, as part of the budget package and to fill them with content as urgency legislation after the budget...
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