Ballot measures and the balance of power


Publish Date:
December 14, 2022
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A three-judge panel pressed attorneys on where the peoples’ power bumps up against the power of the Legislature. An attorney for the labor-backed coalition challenging the law warned “the app companies overreached” by “taking away the Legislature’s ability to legislate” with an “essentially impossible” bar to change. A California Department of Justice attorney argued that the lawsuit threatened “unprecedented limitations” on the initiative process (on the same day AG Rob Bonta, who voted for AB5, pushed for tougher federal classification rules). “No public policy area has ever been held categorically off limits” for citizen policymaking, Stanford constitutional law professor Jeffrey Fisher asserted.

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