Is California’s Initiative Process Working?
Monday, October 10, 2011
Aired 10/10/11 on KPBS Midday Edition.
Glenn Smith, Professor of Law, California Western School of Law
Thad Kousser, Political Science Associate Professor, UC San Diego
For more on this issue, watch Monday's show.
Evening Edition airs weekdays at 5 PM and 6:30 PM on KPBS TV.
The initiative process in California was born 100 years ago. The idea of letting voters initiate and vote on major state issues developed out of a desire for direct democracy.
Through the years, voters have cast direct votes on hundreds of issues including property taxes, immigrant benefits and same-sex marriage. As our state marks the centennial of the initiative process we'll review the success and the problems with initiatives.
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