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Reducing Cyber Vulnerability and Keeping Online Voter Registration Data Safe

The recent bi-partisan approach taken by hackers in attacking both the Democratic National Committee and high ranking members of the Republican party has brought the issue of cybersecurity and the safety of online voter...more

Engaging California Voters

An estimated 8.9 million people voted in California’s June 7 election, representing just under 50 percent of the entire voting-eligible population, according to news reports. The turnout seems quite remarkable compared to...more

The Basics: Municipal Election Laws

Nationwide, states are seeing an uptick in voter participation. California’s election officials are now preparing for a turnout surge as the state’s June 7 presidential primary nears. Over the last three months, more...more

Counties and Special Districts Prohibited from Enacting Substantially Similar Ordinance Subsequent to a Referendum Petition

California Appellate Court Addresses Prohibition in Medical Marijuana Dispensary Ordinance Referendum Opinion - In County of Kern v. T.C.E.F., Inc., et al., a California Court of Appeal determined that, upon receipt of a...more

New California Laws Impacting Public Agencies

This comprehensive round-up includes new legislation that will impact cities, counties, special districts and schools. There were many bills passed by California lawmakers this year that will impact municipalities and...more

SB 107 Brings Significant Changes to Redevelopment Dissolution Law

New Law Includes Dec. 31 Deadline for Agencies with Outstanding Payments Due under a Due Diligence Review - After several attempts, the California Department of Finance successfully pushed forward new legislation to...more

Redevelopment 2.0... This Time for Real!

AB 2 Appears to be the Long-Awaited Redevelopment Replacement Law - Since the demise of redevelopment in 2012, and the assurance of a “replacement” by Gov. Jerry Brown, we have been waiting. We saw valiant efforts by...more

U.S. Supreme Court Affirms That Content-Based Sign Codes Violate The First Amendment

Now, more than ever, local municipalities should review their municipal sign laws to ensure that signs are not being regulated based on their message. This is in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling that an...more

Arizona Town's Content-Based Sign Rules Struck Down by U.S. Supreme Court

Local agencies urged to review sign codes in favor of content-neutral rules - The United States Supreme Court recently struck down portions of an Arizona town’s sign code that subjected ideological, political and...more

Local Agencies that Can Recover Fees Through Prop 218 Process are Ineligible for State Reimbursements

Decision from the Commission on State Mandates - Several agricultural water suppliers seeking reimbursement for state-mandated activities under the Water Conservation Act of 2009 are ineligible to receive state...more

Four bills broaden the appeal of IFDs as a funding mechanism for local infrastructure, environmental mitigation, private...

Four bills affecting infrastructure financing districts, a funding mechanism for infrastructure and development projects that benefit the broader community, were recently signed by Gov. Jerry Brown. IFDs, created in 1990,...more

Weekly Recap – Election News and Trends March 3, 2014

Below is a recap of the last two weeks’ election law news and hot topics. The big news, which has been expected for several months now, is that Governor Jerry Brown will seek re-election. California Gov. Jerry Brown...more

(Double) Weekly Recap – Election News and Trends February 17 and 24, 2014

California campaign finance reporting bills on verge of governor’s desk by Merced Sun-Star - February 20 – A campaign finance reform bill has pass the State legislature and is awaiting Governor Brown’s determination. ...more

Weekly Recap – Election News and Trends February 10, 2014

Below is a recap of last week’s election law news and hot topics: Republican Party wing creates 18 fake websites for Democrats by Los Angeles Times - February 7 – In anticipation of the 2014 election cycle, the...more

2/12/2014  /  Political Campaigns

Weekly Recap – Election News and Trends February 3, 2014

Voting-rights activists sue Debra Bowen claiming mass exclusions by The Sacramento Bee - February 4 – Voting-rights advocates sued Secretary of State Debra Bowen for voter disenfranchisement on Tuesday, claiming she...more

Weekly Recap – Election News and Trends January 27, 2014

Below is a recap of last week’s election law news and hot topics: Press Release: Presidential Elector Initiative Enters Circulation by California Secretary of State Debra Bowen - January 22 – A new initiative...more

Weekly Recap – Election News and Trends January 20, 2014

Below is a recap of last week’s election law news and hot topics. The hot topic this week is a new bill to amend the Federal Voting Rights Act of 1965, which is in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s controversial ruling in...more

1/22/2014  /  Election Laws , Voting Rights Act

Local Agencies May Submit Claims for State Reimbursement of Public Records Act Costs

Claims Must Be Filed No Later Than February 28, 2014 - The Office of the State Controller (SCO) has released instructions for local agencies to submit claims for state reimbursement of costs incurred between fiscal...more

Weekly Recap – Election News and Trends January 13, 2014

Below is a recap of last week’s election law news and hot topics. The hot trend right now, which should continue for the next couple months, is the qualification of state initiatives for circulation. With only 150 days for...more

1/13/2014  /  Ballots , Election Laws

Weekly Recap – Election News and Trends January 6, 2014

Below is a recap of last week’s election law news and hot topics to start off the new year! With this being an election year in both the California and Federal legislature, politicians are shaping their policies towards...more

Weekly Recap – Election News and Trends December 30, 2013

Below is a recap of last week’s election law news and hot topics: Roger Hernandez to seek district elections for California cities by The Sacramento Bee - December 20, 2013 – California Assemblyman Roger...more

Weekly Recap – Election News and Trends December 23, 2013

Below is a recap of last week’s election law news and hot topics. The big trends this week are new initiatives that we may see in 2014 and campaign reform as the 2013 tax year comes to an end....more

Weekly Recap – Election News and Trends December 16, 2013

Below is a recap of last week’s election law news and hot topics: 2014 Election: Which Calif. member of Congress has the most cash? by 89.3 KPCC - December 5, 2013 – With all 53 of California’s congressional seats...more

12/17/2013

New Laws Affecting Public Agencies in California

A Recap of BB&K Legal Alerts & Articles - During the 2013 legislative session, Gov. Brown signed into law new legislation affecting California public agencies, most of which will go into effect in less than six weeks....more

New California Law Further Restricts Nonprofit Organizations From Engaging in Campaign Activity

Restricted Resources Include Cash, Office Supplies and Other Property Received From Local Agencies - A new California law prohibits nonprofit organizations from using monies and other property received from local...more

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