Is California’s Initiative Process Working?
Monday, October 10, 2011
Glenn Smith, Professor of Law, California Western School of Law
Thad Kousser, Political Science Associate Professor, UC San Diego
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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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