The four legislative leaders today sent a joint letter to the California Hospital Assn. expressing concern that a proposed ballot measure to increase the tobacco tax could put the state in violation of an agreement that settled nationwide litigation against the industry. That would lead to the forfeit of California's share of the settlement money from that lawsuit and force the state's general fund to repay bonds floated during the Davis Administration that essentially mortgaged that 25-year revenue stream to help bridge the state's budget deficit.
Posted by dweintraub at 4:26 PM
Election Law blogger Rick Hasen weighs in on today's state Supreme Court decision saying that there should be no "bright line rule" invalidating ballot initiatives that do not follow procedures to the letter of the law. The case stems from the fight over Prop. 77 last year, which would have created an independent redistricting commission. At one point an appellate court had thrown the measure off the ballot because its sponsors had circulated a version for signatures that was different from the one submitted to the attorney general for review.
Posted by dweintraub at 2:08 PM
So the state is going to pay a board-certified anesthesiologist to make sure that a convicted killer is put to sleep before he is put to death, so he will feel no pain. A federal judge so ordered, to protect the murderer's rights. But if I were terminally ill and wanted to hire someone to do the same for me, it would be against the law. Right.
Posted by dweintraub at 7:52 AM