“Anti-Citizens United initiative case to be argued in October”

At the Lectern:

 Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association v. Padilla — the case to decide whether the Legislature can ask the voters to give their advisory opinion whether the United States Constitution should be amended to overturn the United States Supreme Court’sCitizens United opinion — will be argued before the California Supreme Court next month.  The Legislature had placed on the 2014 ballot an initiative requesting that opinion, but, with election deadlines imminent, the Supreme Court removed it, saying the proposition’s validity was uncertain and holding out the possibility of the initiative appearing on a future ballot if the court ultimately determines it is valid.  Now, after full briefing, the court is set — one way or the other — to remove the uncertainty about the validity.


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