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Calif.’s “Mass Mailing” Rule Amended by SB 45 - Certain Government-Funded Mailings Prohibited 60 Days Before an Election

Two changes were made to the California Political Reform Act when Gov. Jerry Brown signed SB 45 last month. The first is a technical amendment that codifies the FPPC regulations directly into the Act. More importantly,...more

Calif. AG Says SB 415 Applies to Charter Cities and Local School Districts Governed by Charter Cities - California Voter...

Last week, Attorney General Xavier Becerra opined that the California Voter Participation Rights Act, also known as SB 415, applies to charter cities and school districts governed by charter cities. In the second opinion...more

Transient Occupancy (Hotel) Taxes May be Limited by Ruling

California public agencies that impose transient occupancy (hotel) taxes may be limited in the tax they can collect from online transactions. The California Supreme Court on Monday ruled that TOT are limited to the...more

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

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

Local Campaign Finance Reform: Can Local Agencies Wean the Baby From “Mother’s Milk?” (Part 1)

It is an issue that has been with us since the earliest days of politics: The wealthy tend to have disproportionate influence over our political leaders in contrast to the poor and middle class. In the immortal words of the...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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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