Scott C. Smith

Scott C. Smith

Best Best & Krieger LLP

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Ninth Circuit Strikes Down Initiative Disclosure Requirement

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently issued a decision with significant implications for local and statewide ballot initiative processes. In Chula Vista Citizens v. Norris, the court upheld a Chula Vista Municipal Code...more

6/27/2014 - Ballot Measures Disclosure Requirements

Supreme Court Invalidates Federal Aggregate Limit on Campaign Contributions

The U.S. Supreme Court struck down a key portion of federal campaign contribution laws yesterday morning in McCutcheon v. Fed. Election Commission (No. 12-536). The Court’s 5-4 decision held that federal aggregate limits on...more

4/3/2014 - Aggregation Rules FEC McCutcheon v. FEC Political Contributions SCOTUS

Prop. 8 Ruling Complicates Process For California Initiative Proponents - U.S. Supreme Court Determines Proponents Lacked Standing...

The U.S. Supreme Court, in its recent Proposition 8 ruling, found that California’s initiative laws are insufficient to grant initiative proponents federal standing to sue or defend a proposition. This ruling complicates the...more

7/9/2013 - Civil Unions DOMA Domestic Partnership Hollingsworth v Perry Marriage Proposition 8 Same-Sex Marriage SCOTUS Standing US v Windsor

Ninth Circuit Upholds Opening Prayers at City Council Meetings - Prayers May Be Sectarian But May Not Proselytize or Disparage...

Overview: The Ninth Circuit recently upheld as constitutional a city council’s practice of opening its sessions with prayer. The court upheld the city’s policy concerning such prayers, which extended the invitation to lead...more

4/1/2013 - City Councils Establishment Clause First Amendment Prayer Religion

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