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Is California’s Initiative Process Working?

Aired 10/10/11 on KPBS Midday Edition.

GUEST

Glenn Smith, Professor of Law, California Western School of Law

Thad Kousser, Political Science Associate Professor, UC San Diego

Transcript

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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