William Priest

William Priest

Best Best & Krieger LLP

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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

10/7/2016 - Cybersecurity Data Collection Data Security DHS Hackers Personally Identifiable Information Political Campaigns Presidential Elections Voter Registration

Local Campaign Finance Reform: What Local Agencies Can – and Cannot – Do (Part 2)

Last week, PublicCEO ran Part 1 of this article that explored the relationship between free speech and campaign finance laws, Super PACs and their influence on campaign finance, and how the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens...more

10/3/2016 - Campaign Finance Reform First Amendment Free Speech Political Campaigns Political Contributions

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

8/18/2016 - Ballot Measures Data Collection Disclosure Requirements DMV New Legislation Political Advertising Presidential Elections Primary Elections Voter Registration

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

4/26/2016 - Ballot Measures Governor Brown Local Elections Political Candidates Presidential Elections Primary Elections Public Funds Referendum Votes State and Local Government State Elections Voter Registration Voting Rights

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

4/15/2016 - Dispensaries Elections Code Local Ordinance Medical Marijuana Referendum Votes Repeal Special Districts

New California Law May Require Public Agencies to Change Regular Election Dates

Senate Bill 415 applies to cities, counties, school districts and other special districts that have a regular election date that is different from the statewide primary or general election (June and November of even-numbered...more

2/2/2016 - Election Laws Proposed Legislation State Elections

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

12/21/2015 - Campaign Finance Reform Drought Marijuana Municipalities Popular Public Records Redevelopment Telecommunications

What does “One Person, One Vote” Mean?

This week, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in an important case dealing with the long-recognized “one person, one vote” standard — historically, the fundamental principle when drawing election maps. Any dilution of the...more

12/11/2015 - Evenwel v Abbott Redistricting SCOTUS Voting Rights Act

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

9/10/2015 - Equal Protection First Amendment Fourteenth Amendment Free Speech Land-Use Permits Municipalities Religious Discrimination Religious Displays Religious Institutions SCOTUS Signs

Immediate Action Required by Cities to Begin Collecting Utility Users Tax

New Law Will Allow California Cities to Receive Tax Revenue on Prepaid Wireless Telephone Service - Prepaid wireless phone service is a booming business and, to date, cities have not been receiving their full measure...more

8/14/2015 - Cell Phones Local Ordinance Municipalities New Legislation Tax Revenues Telecommunications Wireless Industry

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

7/9/2015 - Churches Compelling Governmental Interest Content-Based Restrictions Equal Protection First Amendment Fourteenth Amendment Free Speech Local Ordinance Permits Reed v Town of Gilbert SCOTUS Signs Strict Scrutiny Standard Urban Planning & Development

A Taxing Problem: How to Regulate Online Vacation Rental Marketplaces

In recent years, the “sharing economy” has developed across the country. It is largely unregulated and, as such, can operate contrary to the interests of local businesses and communities. These “sharing” services are complex...more

11/6/2014 - AirBnB Income Taxes Rental Property Sharing Economy Vacation Homes

State Constitution Now Requires Local Agencies to Follow Brown and Public Records Acts - Whether or Not State Reimburses...

Voters Pass Proposition 42 and Create a Constitutional Amendment - California voters just approved Proposition 42, a state constitutional amendment to eliminate the requirement that the state reimburse costs incurred...more

6/11/2014 - Compliance Constitutional Amendment Public Records Public Records Act Ralph M. Brown Act

FPPC to Establish Electronic Filing and Public Disclosure System for Statements of Economic Interests

Online Database will be Accessible by the Public with Minimal Redaction - Assembly Bill 409, signed by Governor Brown last week, authorizes the California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) to establish a...more

10/15/2013

California Supreme Court Allows Class Actions for Local Tax Refunds - Class Actions Allowed Despite Local Ordinances Banning Them

The California Supreme Court recently ruled that local tax refund claims may be pursued as class actions, even where a city has an existing ordinance prohibiting such claims. The ruling is broad enough to expose local...more

5/3/2013 - Class Action Local Ordinance Municipalities State and Local Government Tax Refunds

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